AASL 2006 Playoffs
At the end of the regular season, AASL has single-elimination playoffs
to determine a league champion.
- 2000: Media Bridge beat Last Chance (now known as Misfits) in a disputed championship game.
- 2001: Sit 'n Bull (now known as Misfits) beat O'Brien's Pub in the final game.
- 2002: Sit 'n Bull beat Raging Inferno (the 7th seed entering the playoffs, now known as Infernos) in a high-scoring, dusty affair.
- 2003: Rockets defeated Sit 'n Bull under the lights at Elm and made the front page of the Acton Beacon!
- 2004: Sit 'n Bull defeated the Rink Rats for their third AASL Championship!
- 2005: Sit 'n Bull held off the Bombers for their fourth overall title and sixth-straight championship appearance.
- 2006: Rink Rats bring home the trophy with a win over Rockets!
Rink Rats 13, Wheeler Wrecks 1 - (if you want to submit a summary, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Squeeze Play 14, Colonial Spirits 9 - (if you want to submit a summary, email email@example.com)
Swarm 15, Bombers 1 - After the Bombers took a 1-0 lead, Swarm forced across the tying run with a sacrifice fly. Swarm defense stopped the Bombers, but Swarm batted around (or almost around) two innings in a row to break it open. Hits all around, from singles to triples. Swarm was glad to avenge last year's playoff loss to the Bombers.
O'Brien's Pub 18, Nightmare on Elm Street 2 - O'Briens came out with 8 quick runs through the first 3 innings. It looked like Nightmare would mount a comeback, as they answered with 2 in the 4th and then blanked the Pub in the bottom of the inning. With the Pub's defense halting the Nightmare charge after that, the bats finally came alive in the 6th, making up the difference, and leading to the 18-2 victory.
Misfits 9, Axsys Astros 6 - Finally meeting up after many regular-season rainouts, Misfits held off Axsys Astros to move up (again) in the playoff bracket.
Hackers 11, Acorn Park 10 - Hackers came back from an early deficit, beating Acorn Park on a 3-run home run in the sixth inning.
Infernos 16, Crow's Nest 3 - Crow's played great defense - no holes in their outfield. While playing first, Scott W. had an amazing catch in shallow right. The Infernos kept the hits going, ran the bases well and the runs added up. Beautiful night, fun game.
Rink Rats 16, Squeeze Play 10 - Squeeze Play opened the game with a wonderful version of the Star Spangled Banner, sung by their leadoff hitter who then smoked a triple to right. "America's Team" (for the night) couldn't hold the lead and Rink Rats move on.
Rockets 8, Swarm 5 - Swarm took an early lead 2-0, then swapped runs with the Rockets, bringing the game to 4-4. Rockets scored 4 in the bottom of the 6th including Rick Waks' triple to right-center. Swarm scored one and had two runners on for their last batter, who had to get a hit and score since immediately following was an automatic out (2 women only), which would've ended the game anyway. Rockets played a solid game all around and move on as the top seed.
O'Brien's Pub 11, Infernos 3 - The O'Briens Pub bats continued their hot streak against the always-competitive and good-spirited Infernos. After scoring 2 in the 2nd and 6 in the 4th, the Pub's defense set the tone, holding the Infernos to 1 run through 6 innings. Don B pitched another great game, and led the Pub to victory.
Misfits 12, Hackers 6 - (if you want to submit a summary, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rink Rats 8, O'Brien's Pub 4 - On a nicely prepared field, Rink Rats created enough runs to beat the Pub.
Rockets 11, Misfits 8 - For the first time in 7 years, Misfits exit the playoffs before the championship game. Rockets took control after a 5-5 tie with a big inning on some hits and some errors and held on to win.
Round 4 - Championship
Rink Rats 9, Rockets 1 - After a busy afternoon organizing the game and working the field, Rink Rats opened with a big first inning against Rockets and cruised to victory.
In the playoffs, AASL uses ASA certified, paid umpires at home plate for each game. They use ASA rules, modified with AASL rules. Specifically, with ASA certified umpires, the infield fly rule is in effect. See AASL rules for reasoning and clarification. The umpires make all the calls behind the plate as well as in the field. Your base coaches need not act as umpires in the playoff games, though you still need coaches to help your runners. Umpires are provided by the Greater Lowell Softball Umpires Association (GLSUA) who have done a fabulous job for us since our 2001 playoffs!
Rain? Never...especially not this season...If a game is rained out, we will try to post information online and alert captains as we have done during the regular season. Games will be made up in the first available slot - commissioners will schedule these as necessary with regard to progressing the playoff bracket. In most cases, we hope this is in a slot that doesn't yet have teams scheduled, however, to ease congestion later in the schedule, we may need to bump a second-round game to accommodate a rained out first-round game. If anything happens, we will alert captains, post on the site, etc. Games will remain on Mondays through Thursdays (no playoff games on Fridays or Sundays).
- On July 25, Westies announced they forfeited their playoff spot. This moves lower teams "up" one seed so slots 1-15 are assigned.
- All remaining 15 teams have at least one playoff game. Due to our 16-team league, and the forfeit, the top team after the regular season has a first-round bye in the playoffs.
- Playoff seeds are determined by winning percentage in the regular season, shown in the standings. Seeds are ordered by winning percentage.
If two or more teams have the same winning percentage, head-to-head results among all teams with that winning percentage will determine better seed. [Misfits and Squeeze Play had the same winning percentage. Misfits beat Squeeze Play 8-4 on July 25, therefore Misfits takes the better seed.]
If two teams have the same winning percentage and the same head-to-head record among that group, individual head-to-head records will determine remaining seeds.
And, if all else fails, the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner will toss a coin (an 1879 tarnished silver Morgan dollar) to determine seeds, with the alphabetically first team being heads and the alphabetically last team being tails.
If the Swarm is one of the teams affected by the coin toss, we'll seek out an impartial coin-tosser.
- Games should start at the appointed time, with a 5 minute grace period only. Note at NARA, games start at 6 PM again (to avoid potential darkness - we had one long, dark game in 2003), however it is likely that Pop Warner football will need to adjust their practice area to yield to our field permit, so some time may be necessary to coordinate that.
- There will be no time limit on the 7-inning game. Extra innings and long games will be played to completion. However, please do your best to speed up slow games (and skip warmups in later innings), especially at Elm if there is a second game scheduled. We have some leeway with the Elm Street lights curfew this season, so if games look like they're running long, don't waste time with warmups, and hustle out to the field.
- See regular season rules for player eligibility requirements. In a nutshell, a player is eligible if (a) he/she has filed a waiver with the Rec Dept and (b) that player has participated in 5 regular-season games. Captains may ask for proof from other teams, which will include rosters supplied by AASL and scorebook review if necessary.
- All league rules (except as noted above) apply during playoff games.
- In each game, the better seed is the home team.