Two teams clinch post-season; five more fight for last two spots

WILKES-BARRE — Two teams clinched half of the four Playoffs berths available in the 2010 Summer League after earning victory in Week 10 action.

With only one loss on its record, C&Ds clinched the Chestnut Division and top seed in the Fell Conference by defeating Schoolhouse Rocks!, 8-2. They will play the eventual winner of the Buckwheat Division at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24 in the League Semifinals.

Like so many teams have this year, Schoolhouse Rocks! was able to hang with the league’s top performers through about half the draw, but could not maintain that play at the end of the night. C&Ds scored four in the final end to break away for the win and a spot in the post-season.

Also clinching on Tuesday night was Fifteen in the Steamboat Division. After sustaining a two-game losing streak at the halfway point of their season, Fifteen has streaked to the division crown, and a spot in the Smith Conference Finals on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, Fifteen took down Blarney, 10-4, and clinched the division. It was the team’s third-straight win, a streak which started with a 4-2 win over Lyons back in Week 7.

Lyons is one of five other teams currently fighting for its Playoff life, and must continue winning to ensure a chance at the title. Last week, Lyons took down Work Study, 7-6, and maintained its lead over Goody’s in the Stove Division. Lyons is now at 5-1-1 this season, a full win ahead of second-place Goody’s.

In the Buckwheat Division, Schuylkill Blind Squirrels now has the honor of controlling its own destiny into the post-season thanks to its 7-6 win over JEMM on Tuesday, and with Cracked Ice’s 7-3 win over previous first-place Stone Cold.

The Squirrels, Stone Cold have one game remaining and Team RAMROD has two to play. Each is still alive for that division’s title, but the Squirrels need just a win on Aug. 10 to clinch.

In other Week 10 action, Boss Hog-Line continued its fine campaign with a 7-2 win over WINOs to move into second place in the tough Chestnut Division. The team was able to rebound from a loss two weeks prior to playoff-worthy Goody’s.

There are just two weeks remaining in the 2010 Summer League season before the Playoffs and the club’s end-of-season FunSpiel on Aug. 31 (details forthcoming).

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