It took about a month, but finally we've seen some separation of contenders from pretenders in this high school softball season.
With just one week left in the regular season, we've pretty well firmed up seven of the eight league tournament spots in the Lehigh Valley Conference and Colonial League.
In the LVC, Emmaus, Parkland and Liberty look like your division winners.
The remaining battle is for the wild-card slot where five teams — Bethlehem Catholic, Easton, Nazareth, Northampton and Whitehall — all entered play on Thursday with a shot at snaring the fourth playoff berth.
All five of those teams entered Thursday's games with either four or five LVC losses, but Whitehall's 2-1 defeat of Northampton in eight innings gave the K-Kids a sixth league loss which may be too tough to overcome.
Several big games close the regular season next week.
Northampton plays Parkland under the lights on Tuesday and Nazareth on Thursday. And Whitehall faces Nazareth on Tuesday and Parkland on Thursday.
Bethlehem Catholic, rained out of its game against Liberty on Thursday, still has the Hurricanes and Easton to play.
Of course, it's quite possible that extra games will be needed as they were last year when three teams tied for the final slot and two extra games were needed.
In the Colonial League, it's much easier to find the final four.
Saucon Valley has already won the South Division and Pen Argyl and Palmerton have already clinched playoff spots. The Green Knights, barring a major collapse, will win win the North Division.
Northwestern needs a win over either Bangor or Catasauqua next week to clinch the fourth playoff position.
Pen Argyl meets red-hot Palmerton on Monday in what could be a preview of the league finals.
In addition to finalizing league playoff positions, the season's final week will offer some district drama as Wilson, Southern Lehigh and Notre Dame all try to nail down district tourney berths.
Spartans coach Brian Neefe got his 700th career victory on Monday, but what may have him more upbeat is that his young team has started to play better after an often exasperating start.
In the Mountain Valley Conference, Pleasant Valley remains unbeaten and will be the favorite to win another league title.
Stroudsburg, Pocono Mountain East and Lehighton, a big winner over East Stroudsburg South on Thursday, will round out the MVC foursome.
And, in the Berks County League, both Brandywine and Kutztown have won their divisions and will be major factors in next week's league tournament.
GREYHOUNDS HIT ROAD
Moravian College is going for another Landmark Conference title, but this time the Greyhounds have to travel.