HIGHLAND -- Fort Scott's bid to overcome a 13-game losing streak at the beginning of the conference schedule fell short here Monday when the Greyhounds dropped the opener of a Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division doubleheader to Highland.
The Greyhounds (11-25 East, 30-26 overall) had a chance to make the playoffs going into the weekend as long as they could sweep the Scotties and avoid unfavorable tie-beaker situations. However, most 3-way and 4-way ties favored FSCC. As long as they didn't finish tied with only Labette or only Allen, the 'Hounds would be in.
Fort Scott did its part Saturday, sweeping Highland (15-21, 27-28) by scores of 8-6 and 6-5, the second game going 12 innings. Labette swept Kansas City and Neosho County swept Allen on Saturday, which brought both KCK and Allen down closer to the 'Hounds in the standings.
Sunday's doubleheaders were postponed until Monday. If Labette swept KCK, Neosho swept Allen and Fort Scott swept Highland, Fort Scott would win a 3-way tie-breaker and make the playoffs.
Highland, in danger of falling from sixth to completely out of the playoffs, responded on Monday by sweeping Fort Scott. The Scotties' 5-1 win in the opener eliminated the 'Hounds as they could no longer match the win total any of the teams they needed to tie with. Highland also won the second game, 5-4 in eight innings.
Despite losing all four games in its weekend series with Neosho County, Allen was able to hold on and win the final playoff spot out of the Eastern Division. Only the top eight finishers qualified for the Region VI Tournament along with the eight Division I teams in the Western Division.
The Region VI Tournament begins this weekend with Sub-Regionals at four sites.