Acton Adult Softball League

Playoffs

AASL 2007 Playoffs

Champions

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!
  • 2007: Rink Rats earn back-to-back championships with a win over Rockets!

Bracket

Game Summaries

Round 1

Congratulations to Squeeze Play for winning first round Playoffs game vs. Colonial Spirits in a very close game ending 5-3.

Congratulations to the Rink Rats for winning first round Playoffs game vs. Hackers in a game tied 5-5 in the 6th, with bats exploding for both sides until 9-6 finale.

Congratulations to the Rockets for winning first round Playoffs game vs. Misfits who opened up with a 6-run first inning and holding the lead since, ending around 12-2.

Congratulations to the Swarm for winning first round Playoffs game vs. O’Brien’s Pub in a see-saw game ending with a close score of 9-7.

Round 2 - Semifinals

Congratulations to Rink Rats for edging a win over Squeeze Play in a very close game at NARA ending 13-12 with a disputed call at 2nd base that would have tied the game in the top of the 7th (who knows what would've followed!?).

Congratulations to the Rockets for a close win over the Swarm, winning 4-3 after a 2-run shot in the 7th inning provided them the lead that they then held.

Round 3 - Championship

Congratulations to Rink Rats who won the playoffs championship by defeating Rockets 9-7. Rockets took an early lead and the game went back and forth through the first six innings, with Rink Rats adding 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good!

Teams

In 2007, AASL loses field space in early August to the Elm Street Lighting project. Because of limited permits available to AASL, we are only able to accommodate an 8-team playoff rather than our historical full-league playoff. 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.
  • 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.

Umpires

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!

Rainouts

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, 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).

Contacts

During the first week of playoffs, please contact Rich (rich@actonasl.com or 978-808-0766) with questions. During the second week, contact Rich or Matt (matt@actonasl.com or 617-877-3961).

Rules/Fine Print

  • Games must start at the appointed time, with a 5 minute grace period only. Note at NARA, games are scheduled to start at 6 PM (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 games, with some notable exceptions:
    • For 6 PM games at Elm, the game will be played to completion, even if this passes 7:45 PM.
    • For 6 PM games at NARA, the game will be played to completion unless an ASA umpire calls the game because of darkness. If a game is called because of darkness, we must stop the game and continue it on the next available game slot from the point of stoppage.
    • For the 7:45 game at Elm, the inning in progress if we pass 9:30 will be the last inning that night. If a game is called because of this curfew, the game will continue in the next available game slot from the point of stoppage.
  • See AASL 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 is listed online on your roster and (b) that player has participated in 5 regular-season games. Opposing captains or league management may ask for proof from other teams that both criteria are met, 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.