ASHSAA Girls Softball playoffs starts this morning

The Tafuna Warriors Girls Softball Team who will be competing today in the American Samoa High School Athletic Association Girls Softball playoffs against the Samoana Sharks beginning at 8a.m. at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field. The Warriors are the #1 seeded team, the Sharks are seeded #4. In the other playoff game today, the #2 seeded Fa’asao Marist Cougars, will play against the #3 seeded Leone Lions following the first playoff game. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The playoffs are now set in the American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Girls Softball League taking place this morning at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field starting at 8a.m.

The #1 seeded team, the Tafuna Warriors who are favored to take this year’s ASHSAA Girls Softball Championship title, will be taking the field first this morning when they meet the #4 seeded team, the Samoana Sharks. The Sharks made it to the #4 spot when they defeated the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats this past Thursday, 18-3, to secure the spot, ending the Wildcats season. The Warriors earned their way earlier in the season after they secured their fifth win of the season.

The #2 seeded team, the Fa’asao Marist Cougars, who are the defending champions, got off to a slow start, found their stride in the second half of the season and was able to overtake the #3 seeded Leone Lions. The Lions who did just the opposite of the Cougars, got off to a strong start at the beginning of the season, but fell short in the second half dropping their last three games of the regular season, allowing the Cougars to overtake them for the #2 spot. The Faga’itua Vikings who was never really any threat since day one, played their last game of the season this past Thursday against the Warriors and unfortunately for the Vikings, they were defeated in this game, ending their season without any wins.

In today’s playoff match ups, will the Sharks sudden surge to the playoffs be enough to take down the Warriors who have been dominate since day one, or will the Warriors take care of business like they have been doing all season? In the other playoff game, can the Lions regain the quick start they had at the beginning of the season and defeat the defending champions, or will the Cougars keep playing at that championship level that they regained going into the playoffs?

“I invite the public out to the playoff games today to watch the Warriors take on the Sharks starting at 8:00 a.m. while the Cougars play against the Lions in the second game,” said ASHSAA Girls Softball Coordinator Clayton ‘Boom’ Mahuka. “These teams played hard all season to get where they are today. I want to thank all of the players, coaches and everyone who supported the teams throughout the season. Thank you very much,” he said.

The championship game will be this coming Tuesday October 2, with a scheduled starting time of 4:00 p.m. at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field. The Sharks and the Wildcats are one game short of a full ten game regular season schedule due to a ‘rain out’ between these two teams earlier in the season. Due to the Sharks being up by two games on the Wildcats at the end of the regular season and the Vikings not winning any games, the ‘rain out’ game was not rescheduled between these two teams.

Here are the final standings of the regular season of each team:

TEAM         W         L

Tafuna Warriors         9         1 (seeded #1)

Fa’asao Cougars         8         2 (seeded #2)

Leone Lions         6         4 (seeded #3)

Samoana Sharks         4         5 (seeded #4)

Nu’uuli Wildcats         2         8

Faga’itua Vikings         0         9


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