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ASHSAA Softball Update: Lions and Warriors keep up their winning ways

jeff@samoanews.com
Recent action between the Fa’asao Marist Cougars (batting) and the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats during this year’s ASHSAA Girls Softball League. At this time the Cougars are just below the Tafuna Warriors and Leone Lions in the standing, while the Wildcats are still at the bottom of the pack without any wins so far this season. Tomorrow, the Wildcats will take on the Faga’itua Vikings, as the Warriors will be facing the Lions in what should be the game of the week. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The Leone Lions and Tafuna Warriors are keeping up their winning ways as both of these two teams continue to dominate in this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Girls Softball League.

The only loss for the Lions was at the hands of the Warriors, while the Warriors only loss this season was to the Fa’asao Marist Cougars who are the league’s defending champions. In an attempt to defend their ASHSAA championship title, the Cougars continue to do just enough to be one step behind the Lions and Warriors in the standings, keeping their hope alive in defending the title.

The Samoana Sharks two game winning streak came to an end last weekend as they were hammered by the Warriors. They also dropped one more this past Tuesday when they were shutout by the Cougars 11- 0.

With less than two weeks left in the regular season, the only two winless teams are the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats and Faga’itua Vikings. The only time these two teams met was on September 1, but the only problem was, the game was cancelled due to rain. Each team has a chance to earn their first win, as they will meet one another today.

Counting this game today between these two teams, they will be playing two more times for a total of three more games, which still gives them a chance (a slim chance) to make the top four going into the playoffs, which is on September 29.

As the bottom two teams will meet today, the top two teams will also meet as well as the Lions will face the Warriors for the second time this season.

Since their first meeting with the Warriors, the Lions have most likely made improvements which will definitely be in many people’s minds to make this game a ‘preamble’ to this year’s championship match up.

This coming Saturday September 22, the Cougars take on the Vikings, while the Sharks play the Lions. All games are played at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field with the Tuesday and Thursday games starting at a scheduled starting time of 4:00 p.m. and the Saturday games have a scheduled starting time of 8:00 a.m.

ASHSAA girls softball coordinator Clayton ‘Boom’ Mahuka wishes to thank the director of the Department of Parks and Recreation Mr. Samana Semo Ve’ave’a for the use of the lights this past Tuesday during the Lions and Vikings game. “The game was a great game. It was exciting. The Vikings played really well and have improved since the beginning of the season, as did all of the team. The game went a little longer than expected and I want to give a special thank you to the director of the Parks and Recreation Mr. Samana Semo Ve’ave’a for the use of the lights,” said Mahuka.

Here is the latest in the standings:

TEAM            W            L

Tafuna Warriors            6            1

Leone Lions            6            1

Fa’asao Cougars            4            2

Samoana Sharks            2            4

Faga’itua Vikings            0            5

Nu’uuli Wildcats            0            5



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