Coach John Emme said his Corona del Mar High baseball team could make a run at a CIF Southern Section Division 3 title.
The Sea Kings will have to start early.
Their road in the playoffs begins in the wild-card round, surprising Emme on Monday, when he learned of the section playoff pairings.
"There is one third-place team that isn't playing a wild-card game," said Emme, referring to Paramount of the San Gabriel Valley League. "Since we were ranked 10th in the [final] division poll and have played in the division's toughest league, the Pacific Coast League, I thought we'd get to open in the first round.
"But we're ready. We're healthy. We like where we stand."
The Sea Kings are glad to be back in the postseason after missing it last season for only the second time in 15 seasons under Emme.
Estancia and Sage Hill are two other local programs in the playoffs. Of those two, only the Eagles begin in the first round on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.