Playoff waters still murky in Section 4-AAA
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With the baseball season winding down to its final games, the playoff picture for several teams in the Mid-Mon Valley is still not clear.
And while the playoff waters are murky in many areas, they are downright muddy in Section 4 AAA, where four teams are very much alive for two spots.
The top three teams in each section qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, plus all ties.
All four teams control their own destiny because they all have games remaining against one another.
Tied for second at 6-4 in the section are Belle Vernon Area, Elizabeth Forward and Thomas Jefferson. One game back is West Mifflin.
BVA (10-7, 6-4) hosts Carrick (1-10, 1-10) today before closing the season at EF (12-5, 6-4).
EF, meanwhile, goes to TJ (10-7, 6-4) today before hosting BVA.
TJ has EF today and goes to West Mifflin (9-7, 5-5) Monday.
West Mifflin goes to Ringgold (3-10, 1-9) today and then hosts TJ Monday.
Any two of those teams that can get hot and pull off sweeps will be in the playoffs.
“We knew when we lost to South Park (last week), every game we had from there was a playoff game for us,” said BVA coach Dan Palm.
EF is in the best position because it plays the two teams it is tied with. If the Warriors can sweep, they will finish in second place behind unbeaten South Park (18-0, 11-0).
The possibility exists that, depending on how each team's final two games turn out, all four could lend up 7-5 and qualify.
In Section 2 AA, Bentworth (8-5, 7-5) is currently in fourth place in the section. However, if the Bearcats win their final two games against Burgettstown (5-8, 4-8) and Beth-Center (6-7, 6-6) and either Brownsville (11-4, 8-4) or Chartiers-Houston (10-6, 8-4) lose one of its final two games, Bentworth would make the playoffs in its first year after moving up from Class A.
In Section 2 A, while Monessen (6-9, 5-4) is still celebrating making the playoffs for the first time in 26 years, Frazier is keeping its fingers crossed.
The Commodores (6-8, 4-5) can get into the Class A tourney with a win over Geibel (1-11, 1-8) today and a Monessen loss to Bishop Canevin (6-3, 6-2) on Monday.
Like Monessen, Yough is celebrating a playoff berth for the first time in several years.
In Section 2 AAA, the Cougars (9-8, 7-4) are back in the post-season for the first time since 2007.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or email@example.com.
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