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April 18, 2008 - Mike Mathison
The OVAC softball tournament began Monday and baseball Tuesday. I have said before in columns, the OVAC must go back to four teams per classification and get rid of the current eight-team format.
I've been told it went from four to eight because some "prominent" baseball coaches wanted to make sure their teams got in each year.
The bottom four teams in the Class A baseball standings were 11-52 and two haven't won a game in 31 starts.
It's worse in Class A softball.
Teams spent more time in the bus than they did on their respective fields in the first rounds Monday and Tuesday.
If a team finishes fifth, well, it finishes fifth. There will be plenty of teams to find games with during OVAC playoff week if teams that don't make the playoffs want to play.
I understand the upsets, eight beating one, seven beating two and so on, but, be consistent. If it's four in the OVAC boys and girls basketball playoffs, why eight in softball and baseball?
And, if eight, why not everybody? What the heck. Make the playoffs mean something. If eight of 11 teams make the playoffs, how is that meaningful? Right now more teams miss the OVAC playoffs than make the playoffs.
Shouldn't that be the other way around?
Every softball and baseball team has a postseason, where the regular season is an understudy to the playoffs.
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