Although it looked like for a while that four teams in the South Division would battle for the final two playoff spots, now it looks like three.
After Thursday’s action, the Quakes lead the South Division in the second half by a half game over Lancaster, which is already in after winning the first half. The Quakes are in if they win the second half, regardless of other teams’ overall records.
Lake Elsinore leads the wild-card spot with a 59-64 overall record, a game ahead of the 66ers (58-65), who beat the Storm 8-4 on Thursday. The Mavericks (53-70) are six games back of Lake Elsinore. The Mavs still have a shot to get back in the race, but they’re not in the race at the moment.
The Sixers have 17 games remaining, including 14 against the Quakes and Lake Elsinore, so they won’t have to do much scoreboard watching, if they take care of business.