With just one week left of the regular season, the Central 2B League has a mix of clarity and utter chaos depending on which division you are looking at. In the south division, everything is set. Kalama will be the top seed, followed by Onalaska and then Toledo and Adna. Everywhere else there is still some mystery.
Up in the north division, the teams are all set but the order is still a jumbled mess. The top two teams in the division will meet on Thursday when Forks travels to take on Napavine. If Forks wins, then the Spartans will take the division and top seed while Napavine would take second. Raymond/South Bend will play Morton/White Pass on Thursday and if the Ravens win they will have the same league record as Pe Ell/Willapa Valley. PWV beat RSB so the they own the two-team tiebreaker and would move into the playoffs as the three seed with RSB getting the 4th.
Chaos can ensue if Napavine defeats Forks on Thursday. If the Tigers get the win in a game where they will be the favorites, the Tigers will win the division and be the top seed out of the north. With that result, if RSB defeats Morton/White Pass, there will be a three-way tie for the final three spots. If that happens, there will NOT be a Kansas tiebreaker. Instead, there will be a coin flip to decide the #2, #3, and #4 seeds. Now, if a three-team coin flip is needed, there will be three coins flipped, one for each team. They will flip until two coins are the same and the third coin is different. The team that was represented by the odd coin will get the #2 seed and host the #3 from the north division. The two teams who had the same result of the coin flip will decide the #3 and #4 seed based on the head-to-head regular season matchup.
For example, if Forks and PWV both flip heads and RSB flips tails, RSB will host the #3 from the north division. Since Forks beat PWV, the Spartans would get the #3 seed and play at the #2 seed from the north division.
This is important because the #4 seeds from both the north and south divisions have to play on Tuesday, October 31st. Adna is already set as the #4 seed from the south and they will play the #1 seed from the west. The west division is currently led by Rainier and they will end the regular season with a game against North Beach. Rainier controls their own destiny and a win will have them playing Adna. The #2 spot from the west will play the #4 seed from the log jam that is the north division. Wahkiakum currently holds the west’s #2 spot but they have a game this week against Ocosta who sits just a game behind the Mules.
After all the chaos has ensued, we will have an updated article with all the matchups set for the crossover week.
Here is the playoff schedule and how the seeds matchup from each division:
Tuesday, October 31st
West #2 vs. North #4
West #1 vs. South #4
Friday, November 3rd
Winner of West #1/South #4 @ North #1
Winner of West #2/North #4 @ South #1
North #3 @ South #2
South #3 @ North #2
Here are the scores from this week:
Wahkiakum 21, Rainier 12
Kalama 36, Toledo 29
Napavine 56, Raymond/South Bend 12
Ocosta 54, Toutle Lake 32
Onalaska 60, Adna 12
Cedar Park Christian 39, Morton/White Pass 0 (Non-League)
Next Week’s schedule:
Thursday, October 26th
Adna @ Kalama
Onalaska @ Pe Ell/Willapa Valley
Rainier @ North Beach
Ilwaco @ Toutle Lake
Raymond/South Bend @ Morton/White Pass
Forks @ Napavine
Ocosta @ Wahkiakum
Friday, October 27th
Toledo @ Stevenson (Non-League)