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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.