|Boys Sports||30 Apr 2010||
|Baseball: 9-4A tiebreakers an advantage by Scott Farrell||Comment (0)|
The playoffs are still a day away for HP and Rockwall-Heath. But we can still look forward to the postseason matchups between 10-4A and 9-4A.
Or can we?
Since District 9-4A is headed to a tiebreaker of some sorts, we won't immediately know who HP is going to play in next week's bi-district playoffs. But that is also an advantage, in that HP will be able to see any of their future opponents in their playoff games, and get a solid scouting report on them. Surely the HP coaches have been scouting possible opponents already. But one more good read on another team's lineup can't hurt.
Of course, the 9-4A tiebreaking teams could elect to flip coins to determine their playoff seeding. But that would be a rarity.
Here's the scenarios for the 9-4A tiebreakers. HP will eventually play the third-place team from 9-4A.
- Frisco Wakeland (8-5) plays McKinney North (8-5) on Friday, and the winner is assured a playoff spot as the district's second playoff seed.
- Frisco Centennial (8-5) hosts Frisco (4-9). If Centennial wins, it too will have earned a playoff spot, though the seeding will be undetermined. A loss drops Centennial into a tiebreaker with at least the Wakeland-North loser, and also perhaps Sherman.
- Sherman (7-6) hosts Denison (0-13). If Sherman wins, it will move into a tiebreaker tournament with at least one team. A loss eliminates Sherman, and immediately clinches playoff spots for Wakeland, McKinney North and Centennial, regardless of their outcomes Friday.