Catfish Clinch Playoff Berth

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (June 29) – Despite their loss Wednesday night, dropping their record to 19-6, the Cape Catfish have assured themselves of a first-place finish for the first half of the Prospect League season.

With four games remaining in the season’s first half, which ends Sunday, the Catfish will do no worse than 19-10 in the Prairie Land Division. The Thrillville Thrillbillies and Jackson Rockabillys, currently tied for second place in the division with records of 12-11, will finish the first half with a record no better than 16-11.

The Prospect League plays a split season, with first and second-half winners. The first-half winner in each division hosts the second-half winner in a one-game division championship game. If a team wins both halves, the team from the same division with the next-best second-half record qualifies for the playoffs.

As the Prairie Land Division’s first-half winners, the Catfish will host a home playoff game at Capaha Field Sunday, August 6.

Division champions move on to the Conference Championship round, where the two divisional winners from the Eastern Conference (Ohio River Valley and Wabash River divisions) play each other in a winner-take-all game and the same for the two divisional winners from the Western Conference (Great River and Prairie Land divisions). The team with the best overall record hosts the Conference Championship Game. 

Conference Champions advance to the best-of-three Prospect League Championship Series. The team with the best overall record has the choice of hosting game one or games two and three.