With the Boston City League softball championship semifinals set for Saturday, the city softball season is down to the wire and several teams are in do-or-die scenarios.
First off, East Boston needs to beat Fenway on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Clemente Field to clinch the North title.
“If we win tomorrow we qualify for city tournament and [state] playoffs,” East Boston coach said Thomas Elliot, noting that he is 8-7 overall and 5-0 in the league. “Hopefully the rain holds up for us and we can get it in and that’s a must win situation. If we don’t win that we’re not in the playoffs at all.”
And while Fenway used to be the doormat of the league, that is not the case anymore as they are 4-5, including a three-game win streak this year.
“And we’re going to playing on their home field so I can imagine [it will be tough,” Elliot said.
This year, instead of the second place teams in the North and South clinching the city tournament, the teams with the third and fourth best records in the city, regardless if they are in the North or South, will qualify for the city tournament.
O’Bryant, who is 9-2 against city teams, is in the catbird seat for the third slot. Their only loss to a North team is against East Boston. Burke (8-2) is hot on
O’Bryan’t’s heals but the Tigers beat the Bulldogs 18-5 in the second game of the season. West Roxbury also has a shot at making the tournament.
O'Bryant could slip into the top spot if East Boston loses to Fenway.
“That’s the thing, because [East Boston] and BLA only play six games in the city, if they lose one of them they are automatically out of the city championships,” O’Bryant coach Bridget Ryan said.
Ryan said her team will probably clinch a spot in the city tournament no matter what.
“We beat the Burke so we are ahead of the Burke,” she said. “So we would be in it no matter what.”
Last year O’Bryant lost in the city tournament to Latin Academy, who last week clinched the South title with a 6-0 record.
“Most likely we’ll play them again,” Ryan said. “We played really well against them last year, we just had a rough first inning. We would like to have a chance against them again. We’re excited.”
The city championship semifinals will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Clemente and Cobe Fields in the Fens.
The winners will meet in Monday’s championship game at noon.
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