Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Where We Stand: Baseball and Softball Homestretch.....

Two county teams have clinched district championships, and another is less than 24 hours away.  Let's review the standings with two nights left in the final regular season in Capital and Colonial District history.

COLONIAL SOFTBALL: Patrick Henry clinched at least a tie for their 4th straight title with their 6-0 win Monday over Tucker. But with Tucker losing to Mills Godwin 5-2 Wednesday night, the Patriots have clinched the title outright. The Patriots are 12-0 (15-2 overall) as they travel to Deep Run Thursday evening.  Tucker is second at 9-3, Godwin a half-game behind in third at 9-4.

CAPITAL SOFTBALL: Atlee (10-1, 14-1 overall) will win the Capital title Thursday night with a victory on Senior Night against Glen Allen.  The Jaguars are a tough out, have played county schools close in 2012 and 2013 and have the talent to beat anyone in the district. Plus, if the Raiders win, they'll likely face Glen Allen in the Capital tournament semis next Tuesday. Hanover (9-2, 13-4) are rooting for a Jaguar upset, for it would give them a share of first place and force a playoff game with Atlee for the regular season championship.  The Raiders and Hawks split their 2013 regular season games.  Lee-Davis (8-3, 14-4) has faint hopes to tie for second if Hanover gets tripped up by Varina Thursday night. The Confederates wrap up the season heavily favored to beat Highland Springs on LD's Senior Night tomorrow.

COLONIAL BASEBALL: Douglas Freeman holds a one-game lead over Mills Godwin, with Patrick Henry in third and safely in the home half of the Colonial tournament bracket. The Rebels are 14-1 in the district (18-1 overall), the Eagles now 13-2 after drubbing J.R. Tucker Wednesday night 10-1. Godwin is 14-4 overall. The Patriots are 12-3 (12-6 overall) and will advance to the post-season tournament. They finish the regular season Thursday at Deep Run.

CAPITAL BASEBALL: Hanover (11-1, 16-2) has already clinched the Capital title, but finish with a tricky game against Varina, who needs an upset to keep their season alive Thursday night. Atlee (8-3, 14-3) can clinch second place with a win Thursday against a desperate Glen Allen team, who is fighting with Lee-Davis and Varina for the final two spaces in next week's district tournament.  Here are the current records in the fight for 3rd place:

Varina (7-4, 9-7-1 overall)
Lee-Davis (6-5, 10-8 overall)
Glen Allen (6-5, 10-8 overall)

So, a Varina win clinches 3rd place, and, if Glen Allen knocks off Atlee, the Blue Devils could be in a tie for second. If Varina loses to Hanover and both Lee-Davis and Glen Allen win, they are all 7-5 and three teams get two spots in the tournament.  Who's odd man out in that scenario?  We don't know the current tiebreaker, but we're gonna try to find out.

No matter what Varina does, if one of the two other teams win, that team is in, the other out. So, Lee-Davis will need to beat Highland Springs, and hope for their archrival Atlee to have a good night against the Jaguars.

We will be LIVE TWEETING at Glen Allen/Atlee Thursday night, so follow us for updates, @hanoversports!!

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