Baseball in 1st place

Tyler Dietrich slides safely into home at Joe Kelly Field against LA Valley College on Thursday, April 20 at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Wildcats, Eagles and Renegades are all that stand between the Brahmas and the postseason.

With three games left, Pierce (13-4, 17-20) is set to hit the road for games at West LA College (4-13, 9-26) and Mission College (13-5, 24-13), before playing their final game of the regular season at home against Bakersfield College (10-8, 15-23).

Despite being in first place of the Western State Conference – South, the Brahmas need to win all three games to have an automatic bid in the postseason.

A rule change that went into effect for the 2017 season no longer gives automatic bids to teams with below .500 records, regardless of winning conference.

The poor start to the season in non-conference play could cost the Brahmas their spot.

Bakersfield was eliminated from contention last week after losses to Pierce and Mission.

Thursday’s game at Mission will decide the conference champion. The Brahmas are expected to rely on ace Tommy Wilson against the Eagles.

Wilson leads the conference in earned run average (2.29) and strikeouts (97).

Offensively the Brahmas are balanced through the lineup, anchored by the bat of Brandon Lewis who leads the conference in batting average (.413), is second in home runs (8) and third in runs batted in (34).

Lewis also sits fifth in stolen bases (11), right behind Will Picketts (12) and Mike Scolaro (15).

All games are scheduled for 2:30 p.m.