Saturday, May 05, 2012

DRL Softball Race Yet To Be Determined

It will all come down to Wednesday. Four Delta River League softball teams vying for three spots in the Sac-Joaquin Section's Division I playoffs.

On Friday, Ponderosa pitcher Paris Hallums tossed a 3-0 shutout at Sheldon. That combined with wins by St. Francis and Pleasant Grove means everything rides on Wednesday's outcome. Ponderosa, at 7-2, is in first place and can win the title outright when it takes on 6-3 St. Francis at the Troubadour's field.

Sheldon (6-3) will face Pleasant Grove (6-3) Wednesday with the winner in the playoffs and the loser possibly out.

There are lots of interesting scenarios but, let's look at who would be in and who would be out:

Ponderosa: Win - DRL champions, #1 seed
                   Lose - still in because the Sheldon/Pleasant Grove loser will be 6-4
Sheldon: Win-in the playoffs, possibly the #1 seed if Ponderosa loses to St. Francis
                Lose - out if St. Francis beat Ponderosa, in if Ponderosa beats St. Francis
St. Francis: Win - in the playoffs, possibly a #1 seed if Pleasant Grove beats Sheldon
                   Lose - out if Pleasant Grove beats Sheldon, if Sheldon beats the Eagles, it may be a coin flip between the Troubadours and Pleasant Grove to decide the DRL #3 seed because they split in the two head-to-head games.
Pleasant Grove: Win - in the playoffs, but split with St. Francis and Pondo so likely a #2 seed.
                           Lose - out if St. Francis beats Ponderosa, if the Bruins win, they'd have to win the coin flip with the Troubadours.

** I hope the DRL allows Pleasant Grove to play St. Francis in a one-game elimination contest. Coin flips stink, especially for the loser.

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