It comes down to the final 3 games

Although it looked for a while like the 66ers and Quakes might both make the South Division playoffs, we now know that only one will make it.

It will all be on the line starting Saturday at the Epicenter, as the Quakes take a one-game lead over the Sixers entering the final three games.

If the Quakes win at least twice in the series, they will clinch that last spot and open the playoffs at home against Lake Elsinore on Wednesday.

If the Sixers sweep the series, they win the playoff spot and will play Lake Elsinore on Wednesday. But if the Sixers take two out of three, then the teams are tied with the same overall record. That would make for a one-game playoff at Arrowhead Credit Union Park on Tuesday between the teams. The Sixers would host that one-game playoff because they own the season series between the teams (the Sixers lead 13-11 entering this weekend).

Although there have been one-game playoffs for the first half titles (2007 and 2006 South) there hasn’t been a one-game playoff to end the regular season since Visalia defeated Bakersfield in 2002 in the North Division. There hasn’t been one in the South since 1999, when the San Bernardino Stampede defeated the Mavericks. But that game only decided home field advantage in the first round not who got in.