Intercounty Baseball League Shakes Up Playoff Format

The Intercounty Baseball League is throwing a curveball into their playoff format for the 2014 season.

If The IBL season ended today, the top two teams would be settling in for a week off and the sixth and seventh place teams would be prepping for a one-game playoff to see which team was headed to the post-season.

The Hamilton Cardinals are currently in seventh place.

The new IBL playoff format is a great shift for the eight team league where in the past all eight teams made the post-season. Only when the league had nine teams did the last place team not make it.

The IBL has been an eight team league since the Ottawa Fat Cats ceased operations a few years ago.

Under the new format for 2014 the top two teams get a bye through the first round and the the sixth and seventh place teams play a one-game playoff. The loser will not make the post-season while the winner is in playoff picture.

Then the third-place finisher would play the winner of that game and the four and fifth-place finishers would face off in best of five quarter-finals.

The final four would consist of the two quarter-final winners versus the first and second place team. Those four teams would play best-of-sevens with the winners going to the final.

The Intercounty Baseball League has been a part of summer in Southern Ontario for 95 years now and for its 96th season in 2014.

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