A storm front that rolled in during the fourth inning of Monday’s game between the Hornets and the Northmen did more than disrupt a baseball game, it put a three-horse race into jeopardy. North Kansas City will likely play a big part in determining a conference winner.

There are seven teams in the Greater Kansas City Southern Conference – White Division and three teams have a legitimate shot at a conference title. The Hornets are still technically the fourth team in that race.

More will be decided once the weather clears – which doesn’t look likely until Thursday – but the conference winner is also racing against the clock – fighting a battle on two fronts.

Fort Osage and Raytown have been the head of the conference for the majority of the year, but Oak Park has slipped into second place. With Monday’s loss by Fort Osage to fifth place Chrisman, nothing has been decided with only a handful of conference matchups to play.

Here’s how the standings are right now:

The remaining games of consequence will determine a champion – but with Saturday’s district tournament looming, these games will need to be finished in a short amount of time.

  • Fort Osage has Ruskin and North Kansas City remaining on their schedule.
  • Oak Park has the completion of the 1-1 NKC game, plus a game at Belton on their schedule.
  • Belton plays a double-header with Oak Park and Raytown.

With respect to Ruskin, it’s likely Fort Osage will finish with at least 9 wins. So that would eliminate North Kansas City from the running as the maximum number of wins the Hornets can get right now is 8.

It still leaves Oak Park and Raytown in the running for the title, however with Northtown playing Fort O and the rest of Oak Park’s game in an effort to spoil the conference winner.

The Hornets could finish as high as second and as low as fifth place heading into the District Tournament.

Once we have schedule updates, we will communicate here and on our Twitter feed. Stay tuned – should be a fun and hectic week.

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