The Playoff Watch 1.0

It’s absolutely astonishing to type this, but the Valley League has only eight days left in the regular season! It’s possible that rainouts might need to be rescheduled in the next week and a half, but as of now, the last regular season games are on July 23.

The playoffs will begin the day after the regular season ends. The format is the same as in past years; The top seed will play seed #4, and #2 and #3 will face off, all in best-of-three series. The division championship and finals series will also be the best of three.

So let’s take a look at what’s brewing in our divisions- records and remaining schedules as of Friday morning.

North Division

NorthWLPct.GB
1Strasburg24110.686
2Woodstock22130.6292
3New Market18180.5006.5
4Winchester15170.4697.5
5Front Royal14200.4129.5
6Purcellville9240.27314

Notes

  • Strasburg has clinched a playoff spot, but the position is still up in the air. Seven remaining games: At Front Royal, Winchester, at Purcellville, at Winchester, at Winchester, Purcellville, at Purcellville
  • Woodstock will clinch a playoff spot with one more win. Seven remaining games: New Market, at Purcellville, at Winchester (DH), at Front Royal, Winchester, New Market
  • New Market is still battling; Six remaining games: At Woodstock, at Front Royal, Front Royal, at Purcellville, at Front Royal, at Woodstock
  • Winchester is two games ahead of Front Royal for the last playoff spot, and also is not eliminated from any of the above positions. Ten remaining games: Purcellville, at Strasburg, Woodstock (DH), Strasburg, Strasburg, at Purcellville (DH), at Woodstock, Front Royal
  • Front Royal can reach as high as third place with a strong finish, and can still technically earn a tie for second. Eight remaining games: Strasburg, New Market, at New Market, at Charlottesville (DH), Woodstock, New Market, at Winchester
  • Purcellville can still catch Winchester for the fourth spot. Eight remaining games: At Winchester, Woodstock, Strasburg, New Market, Winchester (DH), at Strasburg, Strasburg

South Division

SouthWLPct.GB
1Charlottesville2590.735
2Harrisonburg17160.5157.5
3Waynesboro17180.4868.5
4Staunton16190.4579.5
5Covington10220.313**

Notes

  • With Covington out because of Covid, all four remaining teams have already qualified for the playoffs. All that’s left is seeding… after the top spot.
  • Charlottesville has clinched the division title already. Six remaining games: Harrisonburg, Front Royal (DH), Harrisonburg, at Waynesboro, Waynesboro
  • Harrisonburg has seven remaining games: At Charlottesville, Staunton, Waynesboro, at Waynesboro, at Charlottesville, Staunton, at Staunton
  • Waynesboro has five remaining games: Staunton, at Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, at Charlottesville
  • Staunton has four remaining games: At Waynesboro, at Harrisonburg, at Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg
  • Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and Staunton can end up in any order at this point.

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