Win will put Maui in semifinals

Central East Maui will advance to the Senior League World Series with a win in its final pool-play game today in Bangor, Maine, or be eliminated with a loss.

That became the scenario after Maine defeated Virginia 7-3 on Wednesday. Maui was idle.

Maui plays Maine today. Maine will enter the game with a 3-0 record. Virginia and Maui will take 2-1 marks into the final day of pool play, and no other team in the pool can finish with more than one win. Virginia faces Saipan in today’s first game.

The top two teams in the pool will reach the semifinal round, and Maui is assured of finishing ahead of at least Maine in the tiebreaker with a win today.

The tiebreaker for a three-team tie, according to the World Series website, is a lower average amount of runs allowed per inning.

Maui has permitted an average of 0.278 runs per inning (five runs in 18 innings). Maine has allowed 0.400 (eight runs in 20 innings), and Virginia has given up 0.421 (eight runs in 19 innings).

If Maui loses to Maine, the hosts will win the pool with a perfect mark, and the Valley Isle team will be able to do no better than tie Virginia for second in the pool – Virginia will win a head-to-head tie-breaker with Maui because of a victory in the teams’ meeting Sunday.

The semifinals are scheduled for Friday, and the championship game for Saturday.