Stephen Decatur H.S. On The Wrong End Of Another Tiebreaker
Salisbury, MD – Fate, circumstance, bad luck, but no conspiracy appears to be at play to deny Stephen Decatur High School athletic programs from playing in Bayside Conference Championships. The most recent example is the Seahawk baseball team. Decatur started the season 14-0 before losing to Parkside 2-0 on April 29th. That meant the two teams split the regular season series with the Seahawks winning 12-5 on April 8.
Per rules established in October 2015, in the event of ties the team who won the most recent head-to-head contest will be the one to participate in the May 10 conference championship game. Parkside won the most recent game and assuming both teams win out in the regular season, the Rams will take the division title.
The Decatur basketball team knows this situation. The Seahawks split the regular season series with Pocomoke. Both teams had the same conference record. Pocomoke earn the right to play in the conference championship game thanks to coin flip that broke that tie.
Twice in such a short period of time may not seem fair. However, ties must be broken in some fashion and at least on the baseball end the rules were known in advance. The positive for Decatur is that this will not impact their position in the state tournament.