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TRC races heat up as final week approaches

PRIME POSITION: North Miami’s softball team accomplished its goal of sitting atop the TRC softball standings after this week’s conference games. The Warriors will now look to close out the season with sole ownership of the TRC title with games against Tippecanoe Valley Monday and Southwood on Wednesday.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

With just over a week to go before sectional play begins for both baseball and softball, the TRC races in both sports are heading to a boil with just a handful of games remaining.

As of Thursday night, Rochester leads the baseball race and North Miami held all the cards at the softball table, both sporting 6-1 records in their respective sides.

Behind them sit a host of schools waiting for just one slip up to get right back into a position to take home a piece of a conference title.

Here, the Peru Tribune takes a look at both standings and where the Miami County teams fit in to each race.

Baseball

Rochester’s seat atop the baseball standings comes with all four Wabash County teams nipping at their heels though a large caveat hangs over that statement.

Currently, Southwood and Manchester sit at 4-2 while Northfield and Wabash sit half a game back at 3-2.

The four Wabash schools were slated to play at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne Thursday night but rain knocked those plans out and attempts to play the games close to home were also dashed.

Instead, Manchester and Northfield will play Friday night and Southwood will square off with Wabash next Thursday with the loser in each game sitting on three conference losses.

Closer to home, Peru and Maconaquah both sit at 3-3 while North Miami finally picked up its first TRC win of the season Wednesday and moves off the bottom of the table at 1-5.

The Tigers and Warriors, having had an attempt at their game originally scheduled for last Wednesday knocked out Thursday night, will use the result of the opening game of the Miami County Classic Saturday not only for the tournament but for the conference as well.

As it stands currently, only North Miami and Whitko are mathematically eliminated from getting a share of the TRC title and it would only take one loss for Peru, Maconaquah or Tippecanoe Valley (3-3) to share the same fate.

That said, the possibility for the Tigers and Braves to still get a share of the conference crown is not at all out of the question.

Rochester’s final two games require them to travel to Manchester and Northfield and losses in both of those games would open the door for several teams to get right back in to the title discussion.

A Zebra win in either game eliminates half of the remaining field, however, as any three loss team, along with the team Rochester defeats, would be eliminated immediately from the title race.

Peru will have the chance to improve its standing in the final week hosting Southwood Monday while visiting Northfield Wednesday. Maconaquah travels to Whitko Monday before a potentially crucial clash at home with Wabash on Wednesday.

North Miami, meanwhile, closes the season with home games with Tippecanoe Valley and Southwood Monday and Wednesday respectively.

Remaining TRC Baseball Games

Peru – v North Miami 5/11 10 a.m.; v Southwood 5/13 6 p.m.; @ Northfield 5/15 5p.m.

Maconaquah — @ Whitko 5/13 5 p.m.; v Wabash 5/15 6 p.m.; @ Northfield 5/17 5 p.m.

North Miami — @ Peru 5/11 10 a.m.; v Tippecanoe Valley 5/13 5 p.m.; v Southwood 5/15 5 p.m.

Softball

North Miami’s up-and-down ride through the past week was still ended where they wanted to be: in sole possession of first place in the TRC.

It may have taken a great escape against Rochester to do so, not to mention a surprise 11-9 loss for the Zebras the following day against Southwood, but the Warriors control their own destiny at this point.

North Miami will face the Knights Wednesday night in potentially the last hurdle to an outright conference title after playing Tippecanoe Valley, one of two conference teams without a TRC win, at home on Monday

Any slip up in the next two games, however, presents them the same problem the Rochester baseball team has in a potential split with several other teams.

Maconaquah is one of those teams, sitting at 5-2 along with Whitko and the Zebras. The Braves and Wildcats have yet to play, however, and their meeting on Monday is a title-eliminator.

The Braves close with Wabash Wednesday, the other team that has yet to pick up a win in TRC play.

Peru, meanwhile, is among four teams already on the outside looking in as the team sits with a 3-4 record alongside Manchester.

The Tigers close with two Wabash County opponents as Southwood visits on Monday while the team travels to Northfield Wednesday.

Remaining TRC Softball Games

Peru — v Southwood 5/13 5:30 p.m.; @ Northfield 5/15 5p.m.

Maconaquah — @ Whitko 5/13 5 p.m.; v Wabash 5/15 6 p.m.

North Miami — v Tippecanoe Valley 5/13 5 p.m.; v Southwood 5/15 5 p.m.