The result this week that caused the most changes actually just happened on Monday night as previous No. 5 Mater Dei Catholic lost to league rival Eastlake in the CIF San Diego Section. With playoffs about to start in the CIF Southern Section, the biggest question may be whether its D2 bracket is even stronger than D1. Norco starts the D1 playoffs at No. 1 in the state, but No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 are in D2. Biggest movers this week include Huntington Beach, Clovis and Bonita Vista of Chula Vista.
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Note About CIF Regional Playoffs: It was announced two weeks ago that the CIF will be hosting a one-week Southern California regional playoff for softball that will be held from June 19 to June 26. This was the year, remember, that the CIF was going to have both NorCal and SoCal regionals in softball and then CIF state finals in several divisions. There has never been any softball playoffs in California ever beyond the CIF section levels so even though NorCal regional playoffs aren’t happening, this is still a big deal that SoCal regionals are taking place. We don’t know, of course, which schools will opt out of going on beyond the section playoffs and we don’t know how many travel ball players will be skipping out on the rest of this strange, later than usual high school season to concentrate only on those travel ball events. As with everything else COVID-19 related, we will just have to wait and see. For the record, the CIF sections that will be advancing teams into the SoCal regional playoffs will be the Southern, San Diego, L.A. City and Central Sections. In normal years, Central Section teams can be placed by the CIF into either the NorCal or SoCal regional brackets.