The Baton Rouge Capitals will conclude their season when they play the New Orleans Jesters at 7 p.m. Saturday at Christian Life Academy.
Both teams have been eliminated from postseason contention, though the finale will determine third place in the Mid South Division of the Premier Development League.
The third-place Jesters, 7-6-2, hold a one-point lead over the fourth-place Capitals (7-7-1).
“We have a chance to finish third, above our rival based on location, and that would be a big accomplishment,” Baton Rouge coach Stuart Hayers said. “We’re looking to finish with a winning record, which would be a testament to the boys after our rough start (1-4). We have a lot to play for.”
Baton Rouge is coming off a 6-2 victory against West Texas on July 17, which ended a two-game losing streak.
Hayers said the Capitals will be missing a few key players, including Adrian Mcinnis and Steven Cabos, who left the team to get an early start at college. That gives Hayers a chance to look at some players who have had limited playing time.
“It’s important to keep players on edge and interested and happy because they know they’re going to have an opportunity to play,” he said. “The chances of the 11 guys you start with playing every game are extremely thin, so you need a good squad. This helps us develop players, which is what the league is all about.”
“There’s a still a lot at stake,” Hayers said. “This is a game of pride.”
The home team has won each of the three previous meetings. The Jesters prevailed twice in New Orleans, 2-1 on June 25 and 3-1 on July 6. The Capitals won the previous meeting in Baton Rouge, 1-0 on June 29.
Laredo (34 points) and Chivas El Paso (32 points) have secured the two playoff spots from the Mid South Division and will meet Saturday in El Paso to determine the division title.