The Templeton High School football team has a long way to go before it can compete with what’s coming down the road. The Bearcats have accepted an invitation to play in the Mountain League this season, and will travel to Moab, Utah to compete in a six-game schedule.
The Bearcats have been all over the map lately, and now they have a division home-court advantage. Cincinnati has won 10 of their last 11 games, and the Bearcats will need a win over Navy to stay within striking distance of Templeton, who hold the Mountain League crown. The Midshipmen have won 9 straight, beating the Bearcats twice in that stretch.
NORTH COUNTY DISTRICT – This unique COVID-19 condensed spring softball season is dominated by three teams, two of which are in North County. The Templeton Eagles are currently in first place in the Mountain League with a 10-2 record, 15-3 overall, while the Paso Robles Bearcats are in second place with a 9-3 record, 18-4 overall. The third team on that list, however, are the Arroyo Grande Eagles (16-3, 9-3), who handed Templeton their first two defeats of the season last week.
With one week left in the season, there are several scenarios for each of the three teams to win the crown. The Eagles and Bearcats will meet three times in the postseason, with the first game taking place Wednesday night in Templeton and then Saturday in Paso Robles. While the top two teams battle it out, Arroyo Grande will try to close out their season with a win against the San Luis Obispo Tigers.
If Templeton beats the Bearcats this weekend, they will finish the season 13-2 and in possession of the Mountain League title. If Templeton wins two of the Bears’ three games, they will likely be tied with Arroyo Grande at 12-3. If the Bearcats take two points from Templeton, the title stays with Arroyo Grande, and if Paso Robles scores, they are tied with Arroyo Grande. In all these scenarios, AG is scanned via SLO.
This year was special for the Templeton Eagles, who only lost three games while playing in a league they weren’t supposed to dominate. Although the Eagles have long been one of the best softball teams, they are also one of the smallest schools, but they have decided to take the plunge and challenge the bigger schools and could very well prove to be the best.
Templeton is currently ranked 14th in the Central Section, but 3rd in Division 3, a division many of the girls on the team are familiar with and have everything to prove after winning the 2019 CIF title. While many in Templeton are eager to hang the Mountain League banner atop their collection of Ocean League titles, the real goal for the Eagles is a strong finish in the D3 playoffs and another chance at a CIF title.
The Eagles have been a heavyweight all season and have largely stuck to their schedule. Templeton is led by a strong core and pitcher Charlotte Forniss, who has been keeping the hitters in check all season, while the defense behind her cleans up anything she can get across the plate. In 18 games this season, the girls have won five on the road and 10 games in which the opponent scored two points or less.
Offensively, the Eagles are second in the Mountain League with 172 points scored (behind the Bearcats) and have allowed just 55. In league games alone, the Eagles are the highest scoring team with 123 goals, 21 more than the second-ranked Bearcats.
Both teams begin the series Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. one-off game at Vineyard Elementary School in Templeton. The final two games will be played on Saturday the 29th. of May, played at Paso Robles: the first at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m.
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