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Vikings preparing for playoff push

The Vikings are two games away from finishing up the regular season, then it's on to a three-game playoff series this weekend that will determine which teams qualify for the state tournament.
by: Chase Allgood Forest Grove’s Lee Holscher delivers a pitch during last week’s game against Southridge.

Forest Grove baseball coach Kevin Tucker is used to dealing with miserable weather each spring, so he wasn't exactly thrilled on Tuesday to be pumping 50 gallons of rainwater off the Vikings' field so they could close out the summer season.

'We're just trying to get these last couple games in,' Tucker said. 'This field doesn't hold water real well. It's the same thing that happened to us this spring.'

The Vikings are two games away from finishing up the regular season, then it's on to a three-game playoff series this weekend that will determine which teams qualify for the state tournament.

Forest Grove currently sits in last place in its division with two games remaining, both against league-leading Sunset. The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader at Sunset on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time.

Regardless of the outcome, Forest Grove won't find out their weekend playoff opponent until Thursday, then a best-of-three series will determine who advances to the state tournament, set to begin July 28 at Lakeridge and Sunset high schools.

The top two teams from each of the OIBA's four divisions earn automatic qualification to the tournament, and the remaining 16 teams will play this weekend for the final eight spots.

'The way the seeding works, we don't really know anything until every team is done,' Tucker said. 'It's kind of up in the air this year.'