Why not seed prep baseball's postseason?

2011-07-12T00:05:00Z Why not seed prep baseball's postseason?Jared Patterson Mason City Globe Gazette
July 12, 2011 12:05 am  • 

So what is the reward for having a regular season that consists of a boatload of wins and contending for conference championships?

In the case of Central Springs, Osage, Lake Mills and St. Ansgar, it’s getting stuck in the same foursome right off the bat in the postseason baseball tournament.

Saturday night Osage and Central Springs survived and advanced.

The four teams are a combined 85-35 and only one will play in a district final.

The problem isn’t that the teams are playing each other — it’s that they are playing this early.

In other sports teams are rewarded for their regular season.

That doesn’t matter in the summer with the exception of Class 4A baseball, where teams take their first 30 games and are seeded based on performance.

 If you can do it for the big schools, why not do it for the small schools?

I don’t get it. Never have. Never will.

Why is baseball different than basketball? Teams are obligated to put their information on the Iowa High School Athletic Association website.

If they don’t comply, make them the bottom seed. Seems fair.

“When you start looking around and at the other side, you can tell not a whole lot of thought goes into it,” Central Springs coach Ethan Miller said.

Maybe there is something I’m missing, but coaches who I have talked with have been searching for answers for years and have yet to receive a reason.

“Some, certainly on paper, look better than others,” Osage coach Mark Mohl said.

That is the politically correct answer.

On the opposite side of Osage, Central Springs, St. Ansgar and Lake Mills sits a group of teams that are a combined 34-69 with every team having at least 15 losses.

It doesn’t add up.

I understand baseball isn’t a revenue generator — many schools don’t charge admissions to games — but it should be treated like every other sport.

Teams should be rewarded for what they do over the grind of the summer. If you do it for one class, do it for every class.

Coaches these days are obligated to do a lot for the state. Something in return shouldn’t be too much to ask.

Rant over.

Brandon Platts’ right elbow is one of the storylines of the season around here and around the state.

It not only could determine how far the top-ranked Mohawks advance but could determine his future.

The Missouri signee and Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick had an MRI on Friday.

Platts said Monday there is no tear — which is good news — but beyond that he doesn’t know much more.

Will he be able to pitch this postseason? Stay tuned.

The Mohawks open — in the seeded 4A postseason — Friday at home against Waterloo East.

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  1. mcdad101
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    mcdad101 - July 12, 2011 4:12 am
    Jared, you are right, it would be nice to be rewarded for a good season by getting an easier team to start with, but with much of the 1A baseball talent in the northern half of the state there are many good teams. Besides, like that old saying says, "You gotta beat 'em all to win State"
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