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Playoff races enter the home stretch

Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Casey Zajicek and the California Trojans hope to take an unbeaten record into the WPIAL baseball playoffs.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Casey Zajicek and the California Trojans hope to take an unbeaten record into the WPIAL baseball playoffs.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Jen Tilghman has pitched Charleroi into the softball playoffs, and possibly a section title.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Jen Tilghman has pitched Charleroi into the softball playoffs, and possibly a section title.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12:26 a.m.

With the baseball and softball regular seasons coming down to a very wet wire, several area teams are in the thick of playoff races while a handful have already punched their WPIAL tickets.

The inclement weather has wreaked havoc with games scheduled this week, but here is how the area post-season races are shaping up:


In Section 4, Belle Vernon Area (9-4, 5-4) is one game behind third place South Park (8-6, 6-3) for the final playoff spot in the section, with Elizabeth Forward (7-7, 3-5) not totally out of the picture.

BVA has remaining section games against second-place Thomas Jefferson, Carrick and EF, while South Park has games against first place West Mifflin, EF and Ringgold.

If the Leps can pick up a game on South Park and finish tied for third, both would qualify for the playoffs.

Class AA

In Section 2, Charleroi (7-7, 6-5) is in forth place, two games behind third place Chartiers-Houston (9-3, 7-3).

The Cougars have three games remaining against Burgettstown, Chartiers-Houston and Brownsville.

The Cougars need to win and will need some help to get in.

Class A

In Section 1, California (14-0, 8-0) has already clinched a playoff berth and with games remaining against second place Carmichaels and Jefferson-Morgan, and would clinch the section crown with a win over the Mikes (8-1, 5-1).

In Section 2, Monessen (5-6, 4-3) is in third place and Frazier (4-8, 3-4) is in fourth.

The Greyhounds, who made the playoffs a year ago for the first time in 26 seasons, have games remaining against Geibel (0-9, 0-6), first place Serra (10-3, 7-0) and Clairton (1-6, 1-5) and will clinch a playoff berth by winning two of those games, regardless of what the Commodores do.

Frazier has games remaining against Clairton, second place Bishop Canevin (7-3, 5-2) and Geibel. The Commodores need to catch Monessen or Canevin in hopes of reaching the playoffs.

Canevin has games with Geibel, Frazier and Serra.


In Section 3, EF (9-5, 6-3) is tied for second place with Southmoreland (8-4, 6-3).

TJ (9-4, 5-4) is a game back and Yough (6-5, 5-5) is two games back.

EF has games remaining against TJ, Southmoreland and Belle Vernon Area (5-9, 3-7).

TJ has to play South Park (2-10, 1-9), EF and first-place West Mifflin (12-2, 7-2).

Yough has games against West Mifflin and Southmoreland.

Class AA

In Section 2, Bentworth (9-8, 6-4) is in fourth place, one game behind third-place Chartiers-Houston (8-5, 6-3) and the Lady Bearcats are two games in the loss column behind McGuffey (12-2, 8-2) and Waynesburg (8-8, 7-2).

In Section 4, Charleroi (9-3, 7-1) is in first place and has already clinched a playoff berth.

The Lady Cougars have games remaining against South Allegheny (7-3, 5-3) and Greensburg Central Catholic (1-6, 1-6). They can clinch at least a share of the section title with one win and will wrap up the crown outright with two wins or a loss by second- place Steel valley (7-3, 6-2).

Class A

In Section 2, Frazier (8-4, 8-3) is in third place, 1 12 games ahead of Serra (7-4, 6-4) and one game behind section co-leaders Jefferson-Morgan (12-2, 9-2) and Carmichaels (11-3, 9-2).

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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