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American minors battle for final playoff spot

POSTED May 24, 2013 9:25 p.m.

The season began as it has concluded — with a ton of high powered offense coming from both the majors and also the minors side of the Turlock American Little League. With only one weekend left of action for the regular season, players are preparing for the postseason.

In the American League majors, six teams sit over .500 with at least nine wins, the Tigers stand at first place having already clinched a playoff spot, the Royals, Indians and Twins have clinched the second, third and fourth spots.

Twins own the tie breakers since they beat the Rangers twice this season so they automatically clinched the final spot in the playoffs. Had the Rangers won their final game and not lost to the Twins twice this season, then they would hold the tie breaker with the Twins.

For the minors, the Rivercats are 13-1 and have clinched the first seed in the playoffs, the Bulls 11-3 overall and Rockhounds 10-3-1 follow in second and third, respectively, having also clinched a spot in the postseason.

It will be a battle for the fourth and final spot today as there are three teams still in the hunt: the Iron Birds, the Hot Rods and also the Lugnuts. However, if the Lugnuts pull off the victory against the Mud Cats today, then they would clinch the final spot regardless of the outcome of the other three teams.

After a wild finish in Friday's game between the Iron Birds and the Rivercats, the Iron Birds could clinch that final spot in the playoffs if the Lugnuts and Hot Rods both lose.

The Rivercats have been among the most consistent teams all season long as they have garnished 149 runs, and allowed only 39 runs in the span of 14 games.

“This has been a great year so far for everybody especially the kids,” American Little League President Vasco Raposo said.

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