Baseball heads down the stretch

With the race for the final postseason spots heating up over the next few days, I wanted to take a look at who is in – and who is scrambling – for the upcoming baseball postseason.

Division 1

We know the top two seeds in Division 1 will likely be St. John’s and Milford. After that, it’s up in the air.

1. St. John’s (18-3) – Game remaining against Shrewsbury

2. Milford (15-5) – Regular season over

There will be an interesting fight for No. 3 between a handful of teams. I think if Algonquin beats Wachusett this week, the Tomahawks get it because they will have a better winning percentage than Wachusett, which played two more games. However if Leominster wins out – which is very possible given their schedule – the Blue Devils could sneak into a tie with Milford for the No. 2 seed.

Algonquin (13-6) – Game remaining against Wachusett

Wachusett (13-8) – Game remaining against Algonquin

Leominster (13-5) – Games remaining against Nashoba and North Middlesex

Another possibility is Marlboro, which has two games left – one against Ashland (2-14), who they beat by 10 runs today. The Panthers could finish up at the two spot with a 16-4 record – and might tie St. John’s if they lose to Shrewsbury.

Marlboro (13-4) – Games remaining against Ashland and Hudson

Nashoba (13-6) – Game remaining against Leominster

St. Peter-Marian (12-7) – Game remaining against BC High

Holy Name (10-9) – Game remaining against Westboro

Westboro (10-8) – Games remaining against Grafton and Holy Name

Burncoat (9-10) – Game remaining against South. They played Wednesday night, but nobody reported a result. If the Patriots won, they’re in.

Doherty (9-11) – They’re in for capturing the Inter-High championship.

Division 2

Another tough one to call. So far we know Northbridge locked up the top seed with a 19-1 mark. Clinton looks to lock up No. 2 with a win over Oakmont. After that, it could come down to coin flips for ties.

Northbridge (19-1)

Clinton (17-2) – Game remaining against Oakmont

Auburn (16-3) – Game remaining against Plymouth North

Worcester Tech (16-3) – Game remaining against Monty Tech

David Prouty (15-5)

Nashoba Tech (15-5)

Millbury (13-6) – Game remaining against Uxbridge

Hudson (13-7) – Games remaining against Quabbin and Marlboro

Nipmuc (10-8)

Grafton (9-9) – Games remaining against Westboro, Uxbridge.

The last spots is interesting because it involves the fight for the No. 2 spot in the Mid-Wach C and its automatic playoff berth. Clinton ran away with the league title, so Oakmont (7-9 overall, 4-3 Mid-Wach C) is battling Lunenburg (7-10, 4-4) for the spot.

Oakmont has two games left against Clinton and Bromfield – but the only one matters is the game against Clinton. If the Spartans pull off the upset, they clinch the second spot and head into the playoffs. If they lose, Lunenburg gets in.

Oakmont (6-9)

Lunenburg (7-10)

Division 3

This should be a dogfight to the title, as there are a lot of very good teams in contention.

West Boylston (16-2) – Game remaining against Maynard

Hopedale (15-3) – Game remaining against Marian

Maynard (12-4) – Games remaining against St. Bernard’s, West Boylston

St. Bernard’s (12-5) – Games remaining against Maynard, Fitchburg and Lunenburg

Douglas (10-9) – Game remaining against Uxbridge

Tahanto (10-7) – Game remaining against Assabet

North (10-10)

Southbridge (9-11) – Clinches berth for finishing second in SWCL West. I told you Brian Davis would have this team in the postseason. Even Brian didn’t believe me.

Littleton (9-8) – Game remaining against Ayer.

Monty Tech (9-7) – Games remaining against St. Mary’s (Wednesday) and Worcester Tech.

Uxbridge (8-9) – Game remaining against Douglas. Win and they’re in.

I think that about covers it, so as you can see there is still plenty to be decided in the final few days of the baseball season. We’ll look at softball tomorrow.

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