Springfield passes August test with flying colors

The Springfied Isotopes had a gauntlet to run in August, and not only did they survive, they prospered. And now with 40 games to go they find themselves atop a division.

Facing a brutal schedule that included three teams that were division leaders at the time, the Isotopes went 8-7 against those clubs (Chatfield, Applegate and Savannah), then bulked up with a 4-1 series win against Margaritaville for a 12-8 month that catapulted them ahead of Savannah for the Southbound Division lead.

Savannah, meanwhile, becomes one of the wild-card leaders, despite a losing record since the end of April. The Scorpions started the season at 28-12, and since have gone 9-11, 12-8, 9-11 and 9-11.

Meanwhile, Bismarck posted a 13-7 mark that not only allowed the Bombers to keep pace in their Northbound Division with the high-flying Paperclips (54-26 since starting the season 14-26), but gave them a three-game lead over Superior (10-10) for the third and final wild-card spot.

Chatfield and Bushwood also recorded 13-7 months as they continue to tune up for what look to be certain playoff positions.

Superior has a chance to regain ground in September, with three series against teams with 54 wins or less, as well as slumping Savannah.

CHATFIELD 81 39 .675
SPRINGFIELD 68 52 .567
APPLEGATE 68 52 .567
BUSHWOOD 75 45 .625 +12
SAVANNAH 67 53 .525 +4
BISMARCK 63 57 .525
SUPERIOR 60 60 .500 3
BOULDER 57 63 .475 6
S. GRAND PRAIRIE 55 65 .458 8
SATELLITE BEACH 55 65 .458 8
MICHIGAN 54 66 .450 9