With two games left in the regular season Santa Ynez, at 16-3 in the Los Padres League, has wrapped up its third LPL baseball championship in the last four years.
Second-place Templeton (12-7 LPL) will be in the playoffs. It just hasn't been determined yet which league playoff spot the Eagles will get.
Four other teams are vying for the other two guaranteed league playoff spots. Cabrillo and Santa Maria are both sitting at 11-8, Lompoc is 10-9 and Morro Bay is 9-10.
Santa Ynez will finish the regular season at Morro Bay Tuesday and at home against Morro Bay Thursday. All LPL games have 4 p.m. starts.
Head-to-head result is the first tiebreaker to determine league playoff seedings. Here are the prospects for the four teams below that are battling for playoff spots.
The Saints ended their four-game slide, and put themselves back in the thick of the playoff race, by beating Templeton twice last week.
In fact, with Cabrillo and Lompoc facing each other to finish the regular season, the Saints are in prime position to get a playoff spot. Santa Maria would win a tiebreaker against both.
If Santa Maria at least splits against seventh-place Nipomo, the Saints are in for sure. They play at Nipomo Tuesday and host the Titans Thursday.
They have an outside chance at second place. Templeton goes against last-place Orcutt Academy this week, but the Spartans have been playing some good baseball lately.
If the Conquistadores win at least once, they're in. If they drop both, they're likely out since they would lose a tiebreaker to Santa Maria. They host Lompoc Tuesday and will be at Lompoc Wednesday,.
If the Braves win two, they'll go to the playoffs. If they don't, they probably won't unless they get an at-large bid.
The Pirates need to beat the league champs twice and then get a lot of help. If Morro Bay wins out, and Santa Maria and Cabrillo both drop two, the Pirates would likely go as the fourth seed by virtue of two wins over Santa Ynez.
The league's four automatic playoff representatives have been determined. They will be Templeton, Santa Ynez, Cabrillo and 2016 Los Padres League and CIF Southern Section Division 5 champion Lompoc.
The order of playoff seedings is yet to be determined. Templeton leads the league at 10-2, Santa Ynez, which didn't win a game last year, is 9-3, and Cabrillo and Lompoc are both 8-4.
Here is a synopsis of all four teams. As in baseball, the first tiebreaker to determine league playoff seedings is head-to-head result. All LPL games have 4 p.m. starts.
The Eagles are done playing their fellow automatic league playoff representatives. They will finish their league campaign at Orcutt Academy Tuesday and at Nipomo Thursday.
Their league losses have come against Cabrillo and Lompoc. Two wins and they are the outright league champions. One win and they are guaranteed a share of the title and the top league seed for the playoffs.
Coach Denicia GIlls' squad will play at Morro Bay Tuesday and will host Lompoc Thursday. The Pirates lost twice to Templeton and have lost once to Lompoc. They swept Cabrillo.
The Conquistadores will play at Lompoc Tuesday and will host Orcutt Academy Thursday, They beat Lompoc in the series opener. The Conqs split against Templeton.
After a 4-4 league start, the Braves have won four straight league games. They split with Templeton but stumbled against fifth-place Santa Maria before their winning streak, losing badly both times.