Following a 10-6 loss to Salem-Keizer last night, many thought it was a bad loss for the Hawks – but in all reality, it helped their postseason hopes.
Salem-Keizer leads Boise/Hillsboro by one game…and has won the first-half title, so they are in the playoffs. For the Hawks and Hops, the three game series will determine who will meet the Volcanoes on Tuesday night.
Some of the particulars – the Hawks hold the season series edge with Hillsboro (7-2), as does Salem-Keizer (9-3), so if Hillsboro finishes tied with either Boise or the Volcanoes – the Hops lose the tiebreaker.
If S-K wins the second-half season, Boise claims the second berth (as the Volcanoes also won the first half pennant and the Hawks have the next best overall record).
It is simple for the Hawks…win 2-of-3 against Hillsboro and they are in…win 1-of-3 against Hillsboro and have Salem-Keizer win one game vs. Eugene and they are in…or have Salem-Keizer sweep Eugene (regardless of what they do vs. Hillsboro) and they are in.
Hillsboro has the tough road…they must sweep the Hawks and have Eugene take 2-of-3 from S-K (who is 9-0 against the Ems) or take 2-of-3 from the Hawks and have Eugene sweep S-K to earn the playoff spot.
The North Division race will also come down to the wire, as Spokane and Vancouver are battling for the final spot (Spokane has the tiebreak on the C’s) – with both teams playing on the road for their final three games.