M4.0 – 39 Teams
3 flights of 10 teams (9 matches) and 1 flight of 9 teams (8 matches)
Wild Card (WC) – McKinney/Kanchi M4.0
League Play Offs Format:
4-2nd Place Teams and 2-3rd Place Teams, 2 flights of 3, Flight Winners advance to League Play Off, Winner advances to City Championship
If Wild Card Needed: 4-2nd Place Teams and 1-3rd Place Team with Best Overall Records and WC, 2 flights of 3, Flight Winners advance to League Play Off, Winner advances to City Championship
City Championship Format: 4-1st Pace Teams and 1-QT Winner, 5 Team Round Robin
Flight A – two of the best 4.0 teams in town still inhabit this flight and one is going to have to fight their way through League Playoffs (QT for the old timers).
High Point/Somabut 6-1 (26-9), remaining schedule is Garland/Sisk (0-6) & Oak Creek/Wei-Ben (3-3). High Point needs to finish 10-0 over the last two matches to hold McKinney at bay but they can do it. High Point holds the head to head tie breaker over McKinney so it’s all in High Point’s court.
McKinney/Kanchi 6-1 (26-9), remaining schedule is Oak Creek/Wei-Ben & Greenhill/Parga (2-5). Same issue here. One line lost to the house could mean the difference in city playoffs and QT. Last week HP won 3-2 and McKinney won 4-1 to tie the line totals for the season.
Eldorado/Browning 5-2 (22-13), remaining schedule is T Bar/Snow (4-3) & Royal Oaks/Templeton (4-3). They are still in the hunt for one of the two third place spots in QT but they finish with two respectable squads.
Flight B – the order here is still up for grabs with a couple of meaningful matches left.
Huffines/Ratcliffe 7-0 (27-8), remaining schedule is Greenhill/Davalos & McKinney/Jacobson (3-4). Still some work to do before the flight winner title is wrapped up.
Brookhaven/Bartlett 6-1 (26-9), remaining schedule is McKinney/Jacobson & Lakes/Reifsnyder. The Lakes match is sudden death for these two.
Greenhill/Davalos 5-2 (21-14), remaining schedule is Huffines/Ratcliffe & Lifetime/Heflin (1-6). It’s all on the line with Huffines. Even a sweep over LT won’t pull them out of another loss.
Lakes/Reifsnyder 5-2 (20-15), remaining schedule is Oak Creek/Rich (2-5) & Brookhaven/Bartlett. BH will need to keep winning so Lakes is likely out.
Flight C – Jayaram’s crew has always fallen a little short in the past. Let’s see if they can bring it home this time.
Huffines/Jayaram 7-0 (28-7), remaining schedule is Canyon Creek/Patterson (4-3) & Stonebriar/Dickey (4-2). Can’t fall asleep on the last two matches.
Greenhill/Ohl 6-1 (27-8), remaining schedule is Stonebriar/Dickey and McKinney/Oh (3-4). Should be able to wrap up a playoff spot but which one will it be.
Hackberry Creek/Myers 5-2 (22-13), remaining schedule is LB Houston/Montalvo (1-6) & Canyon Creek/Patterson (4-3). Probably on the outside looking in for second place but maybe they still slip into QT.
Stonebriar/Dickey 4-2 (19-11), they haven’t posted their score with Fretz/Ward but SB should roll Fretz so they are still in the hunt. Remaining schedule is Greenhill/Ohl & Huffines/Jayaram so their odds are slim.
Flight D – this is the tightest flight with two to play but JCC has by far the hardest road. The McKinney/JCC match has a lot on the line.
Garland/Sisk 5-1 (24-6), remaining schedule is JCC/Schachter & Greenhill/Alzuro (1-5). They need to keep their focus to retain first place.
JCC/Schachter 5-1 (22-8), remaining schedule is Garland/Sisk & McKinney/Bazan. Really tough finish but you either have it or you don’t.
McKinney/Bazan 5-1 (20-10), remaining schedule is Gleneagles/Miller (3-4) and JCC/Schachter. Fate is their hands with the JCC match.
Oak Creek/Iyer 5-1 (19-11), remaining schedule is Seay/Jacob (2-4) & Las Colinas/Otey (1-5). At the back of the leader pack currently but an easy finishing stretch could propel them into a playoff berth.
A lot of information but wanted to be as clear as possible. At this point the flight winners look like: High Point/Somabut, Huffines/Ratcliffe, Huffines/Jayaram and Garland/Sisk. HP and GTC are relying on tie breakers so their margin for error is pretty small. In either case, both would make QT if they dropped a spot. These four will be joined by the QT winner for a five team round robin city championship. I think this comes down to a rematch of High Point and McKinney (who I’m picking to win QT). Even though McKinney lost in flight play to HP, the players for both squads in that match didn’t look like their top eight so I’m still going with McKinney to sectionals and the wild card to High Point. Dark horse to GTC.
League Playoffs (QT) should be won by flight A’s second place team, at this point McKinney. Joining them in the contest as second place finishers I’d go with Brookhaven/Bartlett, Greenhill/Ohl and McKinney/Bazan. In years past that could have easily been the city championship lineup so it’s looking like a deep and well balanced QT. Since the WC holder will finish in first or second, two third place teams will advance. I’ll take what should be a one loss Oak Creek/Iyer team and then it gets tough. Best odds look like Hackberry Creek/Myers and Eldorado/Browning. I’m going with Hackberry.