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Freeport, Deer Lakes face must-win situation |

Freeport, Deer Lakes face must-win situation

| Tuesday, May 8, 2007 12:00 a.m

The situation facing the Freeport and Deer Lakes softball teams today is simple: The winner advances to the WPIAL playoffs, the loser stays home. No tiebreakers to figure out, no head-to-head criteria.

“That’s pretty much what it boils down to,” Yellowjackets coach Jim Rapp said. “We played them last week and had one bad inning and lost.”

Both teams will enter the contest with 7-4 records in Section 3-AA. The game time has been moved to 5:30 to accommodate a junior varsity game and senior day ceremonies. The WPIAL on Monday announced a one-day extension of the regular seasons for baseball and softball.

This will allow teams to catch up from the extensive weather postponements sustained in April. The playoffs are set to begin early next week in both sports.

Making the softball playoffs is old hat for Leechburg (13-1). The Blue Devils clinched their 19th consecutive playoff berth and are rated second among Class A schools in the latest Tribune-Review News Service poll.

The last time Leechburg failed to make the playoffs was 1988.

Elderton and West Shamokin already have clinched softball berths.

Ford City still has hopes of reaching the baseball playoffs, but Leechburg and Kittanning were mathematically eliminated with yesterday’s losses to Springdale and Uniontown, respectively.

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