Going into the next-to-last day of the regular season on Wednesday, the Wareham Gatemen and Y-D Red Sox are the only teams eliminated from playoff consideration. Harwich beat Y-D 3-2 this evening, ending any chance the Red Sox had of extending the "Y-Dynasty." In the West, Cotuit, Falmouth and Bourne all won, while Hyannis was falling to Chatham. By virtue of Cotuit's win over Wareham, the Kettleers sit in first place with 46 points. Falmouth beat Orleans and the Commodores jumped back into second place with 45 pts. Hyannis (44 pts.) and Bourne (43 pts.) are close behind.
For the teams in contention in the West, these are their remaining games: Cotuit (Hyannis; at Y-D), Falmouth (Wareham; at Hyannis), Hyannis (at Cotuit; Falmouth) and Bourne (Y-D; at Wareham).
In the East, Orleans (50 points) has clinched first place. Harwich (44 pts.) controls their own destiny. If the Mariners pick up one point in their final two games, they are in. Brewster (40 pts.) and Chatham (38 pts.) are still alive.
The remaining games for the Eastern contenders are: Harwich (Orleans; at Brewster), Brewster (at Chatham; Harwich), Chatham (Brewster; at Wareham; at Orleans). In order for Brewster to force a play-in game, the Whitecaps have to win both remaining games while the Mariners lose their final two. In order for Chatham to tie for the final spot, the A's have to win all three games left on their schedule and they need Orleans and Brewster to beat Harwich. There is no possibility of a three-way tie in the East because even if Harwich loses to Orleans on Wednesday, the loser of the Brewster-Chatham game will be eliminated.
A concern throughout the league is the weather forecast which has some Boston-area meteorologists calling for rain on Wednesday. Hopefully the wet weather will stay away from Cape Cod. If there are any postponements, that could add doubleheaders to Thursday's schedule which already has Chatham playing at Wareham (1:00) and at Orleans (7:00) on that day. Friday could also be used for make-up games in addition to any play-in games that may be needed. In other words, keep your fingers crossed and let's hope for dry weather and no fog!