Cal League’s South rises again

The South Division in the first half might have been one of the worst halves ever for a division, with only a late surge by Lancaster making one of the teams above .500.

With only 11 games remaining for most teams, the South still has only one of five teams above .500. Yet, in the second half, the South is much better against the North.

On Wednesday, the Quakes beat San Jose, Lancaster beat Bakersfield, and the Mavericks beat Visalia, ending a 10-game losing streak. That 3-0 night for the South vs. the North gives the South a 38-30 second-half record against the north. That bodes well for a possible championship series, and by the way, the playoff race is heating up. The Mavericks are out of it (eight games back of the final playoff spot), but the Quakes are two games up on Lake Elsinore and the 66ers, who are tied for the South’s final playoff spot.