PALM SPRINGS, CA — With a doubleheader victory Monday of the LA Thrashers, the Palm Springs POWER have locked up the regular season SCCBL title and the #1 seed in the 2011 SCCBL Championship series. The POWER, recently ranked the #18 collegiate summer league team in the land by Perfect Game USA, stand at 15-1 on the season, with their only loss coming back on June 22 against the Azusa Pirates.
The Athletics and the Thrashers still battle for the top spot, but the Athletics look like the favorites for the number two spot, giving them a chance to face the POWER for the SCCBL crown. Here is the breakdown of each team against each SCCBL opponent.
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The POWER cannot lose the top spot, as losing their final four games in the SCCBL would still guarantee a better league record than the second place Athletics. SCCBL tie-break goes to head-to-head record, and the Athletics have already won the season series against the Pirates (3-1) and Thrashers (3-0, one game remaining). That means the Pirates, along with the 2-10 Aces and 4-14 Dodgers, are eliminated from playoff contention.
The Thrashers are still technically alive, but would need the Athletics to lose their final two games, one against the Aces and one against the Thrashers, and they would also need to win their final four SCCBL contests, two against the POWER, one against the Aces, and one against the Athletics. If this scenario plays out, the Thrashers would stand at 12-8, one game above the Athletics at 11-9.
Thus, the Athletics’ magic number is just one. An Athletic win or a Thrasher loss would clinch the final of two playoff spots, and set the table for an exciting playoff match-up. Although Palm Springs has defeated So Cal in all four games this season, two games were deciced by one run, the most recent of which took a ninth inning rally by the POWER just to get to extra innings. The POWER scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game and another in the eleventh to win it by the score of 2-1.
The final six games to decide the SCCBL number two seed are as follows:
July 13: Thrashers @ Aces (Long Beach City College)
July 15: Athletics @ Thrashers (Agoura High School)
July 17: Athletic @ Aces (Long Beach City College)
July 22: Thrashers @ POWER (Palm Springs Stadium)
July 23: Thrashers @ POWER (Palm Springs Stadium)
The POWER will host game one of the SCCBL postseason series on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:05 pm. The number two seed will host game two on July 27th in the afternoon, at Rio Hondo College if the Athletics claim the spot, and at Agoura High School if the Trashers finish second. Palm Springs Stadium is home to game three, if necessary, at 7:05 pm on July 28th.