CONCORD -- A member of the rugged East Bay Athletic League, the Carondelet High softball team feels like its been in the playoffs for weeks.

The 10th-seeded Cougars, who faced a must-win situation last week to just qualify for the postseason, looked well-prepared for No. 7 Arroyo in an 8-3 North Coast Section Division II first-round win at Oak Grove Middle School.

Megan Lantsberger, Carondelet's No. 8 hitter, went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs, and the Cougars banged out 14 hits total. Lantsberger's big day included a two-run homer on what was supposed to be a hit-and-run that put Carondelet up for good in the second inning.

Carondelet (13-12), which finished seventh out of eight teams in the final EBAL standings, advances to face No. 2 Alhambra in Friday's quarterfinals.

"Every (league) game is a playoff game as I've told the girls and there's no better league around," Carondelet coach Martin Soares said. "We face pitching as good if not better than anyone else, so we're ready."

Arroyo's Heather Rygg had two of the four hits allowed by Carondelet sophomore Taylor Blair, including a two-run homer in the fifth. Carondelet already had an 8-1 lead at that point.

Blair also went 2 for 4 with a two-run double during Carondelet's four-run fourth inning.



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