As the South Division race in the California League is heating up, it appears one hopeful’s time is about up.
Four teams: High Desert, Lake Elsinore, Lancaster and the Quakes entered Saturday’s games separated by a single game in the standings, with the 66ers four games back.
With four teams ahead of them and only eight games remaining entering Saturday, the Sixers would pretty much need to win out and have everything else break right to still have a chance.
But Lancaster held on for a 4-2 victory, knocking the Sixers five games out of first and on the brink of elimination.
Meanwhile, the Quakes beat High Desert 4-2 and Lake Elsinore downed Visalia 6-3.
So, after Saturday’s games, it’s Lake Elsinore (34-29) in sole possession of first place, but the Quakes, High Desert and Lancaster all one game back at 33-30.