PASCO -- The NWAACC softball season has come down to the wire for Columbia Basin College.
The Hawks' chances for a second consecutive playoff berth will depend on how they do in their final two regular-season doubleheaders, today at Blue Mountain and Saturday at Walla Walla.
CBC (12-12) is fifth in East Region play behind Spokane (13-13), which has two games Saturday at Big Bend. The top four teams will reach the postseason.
"It was a situation that I didn't want to be in, and I didn't want us to come down to the last weekend, especially playing Walla Walla at Walla Walla," CBC coach Adrian Ochoa said.
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If Spokane and CBC end up tied, they will meet in a one-game playoff Tuesday in Pasco. Walla Walla and Wenatchee Valley, at 21-5, already have clinched playoff berths, and Treasure Valley is third at 16-10.
CBC has lost seven of 10 games since last month's NWAACC crossover tournament in Yakima, where sophomore infielder Sara Bakos (Kennewick High) broke her wrist.
"We've had to make a couple defensive changes, and she was really getting hot with her bat and raising her batting average," Ochoa said. "She was kind of our leader in the infield, so it's been tough not having her."
The Hawks also feel some anxiety because they originally were scheduled to be off today. CBC traveled to Pendleton last Saturday to play Blue Mountain, but the doubleheader was called in Game 1 because of rain.
The game will resume with CBC up to bat with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.
"If we can get both games (today), we'll be one game up on Spokane, and it will be a good situation," Ochoa said.