5A And 4A Softball: Where Does The Playoff Picture Sit Entering May?

On Sunday, I covered 6A softball and their current playoff picture. Today, I will go through the remaining classes: 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A/1A, beginning with Classes 5A and 4A. This is the prime place to find out where your team currently stands as we hit the home stretch:

Class 5A

How Bids Are Acquired: The Top 4 teams in the Northwest Oregon Conference, Midwestern League, and Mid-Willamette Conference clinch a playoff spot automatically, the Top 3 teams in the Intermountain Conference clinch a playoff spot. One at-large bid is awarded the highest ranked 5th place Mid-Willamette or Midwestern team.

Current Automatic Bids

Northwest Oregon Conference: Wilsonville, Scappoose, Putnam, La Salle Prep

Midwestern League: Crater, Thurston, Ashland, Eagle Point

Mid-Willamette Conference: Dallas, Lebanon, Corvallis, West Albany

Intermountain Conference: Pendleton, Crook County, Ridgeview

At-Large Bid: Central

Current Bubble Teams

St. Helens (#4 in NWOC), Willamette (#4 in Midwestern League/At-Large Bid), Silverton (#4 in Mid-Willamette/At-Large Bid)

Class 4A

How Bids Are Acquired: 24 total bids: 8 into the main bracket, 16 into a play-in bracket. Top 3 teams in each league receive auto bids, next six highest ranked non-auto bids. Top 8 seeds are filled by league champions and highest ranked #2 teams, the play-in bracket is filled in by the remaining teams, winners from play-in bracket advance to the main bracket.

Current Automatic Bids

Cowapa League: Astoria, Valley Catholic, Seaside

Tri-Valley Conference: Estacada, Madras, Gladstone

Oregon West Conference: Cascade, Stayton, Sweet Home

Sky Em League: Marist, Marshfield, Elmira

Skyline Conference: Mazama, Henley, Phoenix

Greater Oregon League: La Grande, Ontario, Baker

Current At-Large Bids

Philomath (10), Tillamook (15), Cottage Grove (16), Corbett (17), Junction City (20), Hidden Valley (21)

Current Bubble Teams

McLoughlin (23), Sisters (25), North Marion (26)

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