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The usual playoff mess

by on May.09, 2012, under Prep Sports

The Maryland baseball tournament draw was announced Wednesday and, as usual, the flaws of this seeding system (or lack thereof) are evident in the 1A brackets.
To set it up, just as in basketball, regular-season records exclusive of “holiday tournament games” are counted in determining the seeds. After that, it’s one-for-all, all-for-one. For purposes of this discussion, the records listed be exclusive of holiday games.
Manchester Valley had the top seed at 11-5, Brunswick gained the second seed at 11-6. That meant Clear Spring, also at 11-6 was left out in the cold even though the Blazers had beat Brunswick twice during the season.
But there was a catch.
Clear Spring and Williamsport had a tie game that was still to have been completed, and it was not. School officials from both sides had determined it would be counted. According to the MPSSAA, that means it is a 1/2 loss. For Clear Spring that meant a divison of 11-6-1 into 18 games, leaving them just behind Brunswick, who had a suspended game in which they were losing against North Hagerstown, not continued nor part of a record.
Now, to top things off Boonsboro, with a record of 10-8, is another loser in this process. It is the Warriors who must go to Clear Spring for a first round contest.
At the same time, Smithsburg and its 2-16 record has a home game against North Carroll, who is 4-13. Does this make sense? Of course not because the MPSSAA simply can’t recognize where it needs to make changes in its playoff system.
I talked to two individuals today that both agreed the seeding system needs to be overhauled, include ALL games played, just as it needs to do in basketball. There needs to be a seeding process in each region, regardless of it having 8 teams or 16 teams.
Right now, it just is not working and last I knew, if it is broken it needs fixed.

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