After what seemed like an eternal road trip, the Boise Hawks
will wrap up their eight game stint away from Memorial Stadium Monday, and will
resume play at home on Wednesday.
While on the road, the Hawks capped a July month that
yielded little success and a drastic drop in the Northwest League East Division
standings. In July, the Cubs’ Class-A affiliate went 13-16, dropping them out
of contention for the first-half playoff position.
This season, the winner of each division, in each half of
the season, will clinch a playoff position come September. If one team wins the
division in both halves of the season, the second place team will assume the
final playoff spot.
Though the Hawks are currently 22-27 this season, their
second half record (3-8) will determine their postseason involvement.
For Boise to participate in the playoffs this September,
they need to either win the East Division outright or finish second to the
first-half division winner, Spokane.
The Everett Aquasox and the Spokane Indians have already
secured their positions in the playoffs after winning the West and East
Currently, the Yakima Bears (25-24) are in first place in
the East Division with a second-half record of 7-4.
Though unsupportive of their playoff push, the Hawks were
forced to forfeit against the Aquasox, after failing to return to the field
following a 20 minute rain delay Saturday night.
The Hawks will kick off their three-game home stand against
the Tri-City Dust Devils Wednesday, followed by a five-game series against the
Everett Aquasox; two crucial series for the Boise’s postseason future.