The high school baseball season is winding down, and with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, the newly realigned divisions of the IAC are providing a new sense of ‘every game matters.’ With three divisions combining in a race for the wild card position, the last two weeks of the season have never felt more important.
Division IBeing a four-team division, the race for the top spot has separated itself into a two-team running. The Marathon Olympians hold a firm grasp on the division lead but are constantly looking over their shoulders at a Newfield Trojans team that has proven that youthfulness doesn’t mean that a team can’t hang around with more veteran programs.
A 3-1 start for the Trojans saw the side drop a 5-2 decision to the division leaders, but pick up a win over Candor and a pair of victories over Groton. The Trojans were set back for a second time last week when they were topped 5-0 by an upperclassman heavy Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen side. The young squad fell short in its comeback effort, but the non-division loss has kept the Trojans a game back of the 5-1 Marathon Olympians who are atop the Division. The bottom pair of the division finds a Groton Indians side that has found, for the most part, no difficulty in locating run support but is unable to seal the deal defensively. The lone win in the season came in an outlasting effort for the Indians, narrowly escaping with a 12-11 decision over Candor. The Indians have come up just short of a win over Newfield, and have found themselves trailing the division leader with only a few divisional matchups remaining.
Division IIThis is a division that most teams, in the other two divisions, would rather not be in the middle of. While Thomas A. Edison leads the division with a perfect 6-0 record and a 7-1 mark overall, the battle for the second spot and at least one of the two wild-card positions is a dogfight between the Lansing Bobcats and the Tioga Tigers.
The Bobcats, who entered last weekend with a 6-2 record, have seen both of their losses come in divisional play, dropping back-to-back games to Edison and Tioga. After starting the season with a 6-1 win over Tioga, Lansing has seen the Tigers battle back to be tied for the wild card spot if it were decided after the point. With two divisional games left in the season, the Bobcats need a victory over Trumansburg and could greatly benefit by derailing Thomas A. Edison. A slip for the Bobcats or the Tigers could mean that Notre Dame could steal the final wild-card position.
The Trumansburg Blue Raiders find themselves in a season that has not gone as planned. With two divisional wins, both coming over bottom dweller Moravia, the Blue Raiders found themselves two and a half games back of Lansing and Tioga and four and a half back of Edison. With a battle for positioning among the top three teams in the division, the Blue Raiders have found themselves a longshot fighting to stay alive in the race. Time seems to be running out on the wild card hopes for Trumansburg.
Division IIIThe sole division with just one Tompkins County team has seen Waverly springboard its way ahead of the rest of the field, leaving Newark Valley and Notre Dame to fight for second and a wild card spot.
The Dryden Lions are nestled in fourth behind the three front runners to the division with a 4-4 record in divisional play. The last two weeks of the season may be more important for the Dryden squad than any other team in the county as they sit a game and a half back of the final wild-card spot. This week provides two tests within the division follows with games against Trumansburg and Lansing. While there is a long way to go for the Lions, the drive for a postseason berth may be enough to close the gap.
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