Moments of Sunshine, glacier backdrops, eagles circling over centerfield — it was a fantastic week of finales and, as always, there were a few surprises to be had.
(Please note that season-ending results are based on the scientific analysis of data, and not on administrative policy.)
Women’s C North Division
Pat’s Douglas Inn rode out the last week on a broom, sweeping The Replacements off the stage, 16-10 and 12-9, to finish with the identical record as The Replacements in division play. In the first tie breaker used to decide the championship — head-to-head games versus the opponent tied with — those two wins gave Pat’s a 4-3 advantage and the Women’s C North Division Championship. Congratulations to the entire division for a fantastically competitive season.
Women’s C South Division
In the divisional finale for both teams, Sticks N Stones R.B. Communications came in with a one-game lead on Lynden Transport Women, but the Lady Haulers left Sticks black and blue, 23-5, and both teams wrapped up the season with a record of nine wins, five losses. In another head-to-head tie breaker, Lynden’s final win over Sticks gives them the divisional championship, four games to three. Congratulations to Lynden Transport Women for rallying to take the Women’s C South Divisional Championship.
Women’s D North Division
Uni Select Auto Plus Ladies had all the tools to repair their game after being shopped by Merchants Wharf, 5-3, as they torqued Sunny Side Up 15-5 to close the season with a win, and put their seal on a divisional championship. Congratulations to Uni Select Auto Plus/ Team Ginny, the Women’s D North Division champions.
Womens D South Division
First National Bank Angels and the UAS Women campaigned in proximity all season but in the last week, the Lady Bankers boiled, toiled and troubled the Sand Witches 26-4, and then the haloed ones commenced their valedictorian season by sending the UAS Women back to summer school, 14-6. Congratulations to the FNBA Angels for their Women’s D South Divisional Championship.
Men’s C Division
Entering JSA’s Final Friday, Team Imperial and Taku Oil Sales were all knotted up, tied atop the standings, with each team having won two games against each other during the season. The barmen needed a clean sweep to hang another crown above the bar. The Oilmen skinned Timberwolf 7-0, and the boys from Imperial separated the SE Miners from their poke, 21-7. In the winner take all game, the Imperialistas put a production tax on Taku Oil, 13-9, to take home the crown. Congratulations to Team Imperial, the Men’s C Division champions.
Men’s D Division
What an ending to a great division rivalry. Kappler Computers rolled all strikes against Taku Lanes, 15-3, and then the Rounders knocked down all the pins, 12-11, against Taku Lanes. That left Kappler Computers and Taku Lanes tied atop the standings with 7-5 records, but Kappler took the division crown as they were 4-2 in head-to-head games with Taku Lanes. Congratulations to Kappler Computers, Champions of Men’s D Division, in another jam packed division battle.
Men’s F North Division
Only four games separated the top five teams entering the final week, but Kennys Liquor peeled the Northern Hot Spots 13-11, and boxed up Lynden Transport 10-5 to leave the only question to be for second place. Earlier in the week, The Mudstingers, smokin’ since winning their Rainball Championship, got packaged by Lynden, 9-8, while the Hot Spots melted the Island Pub 15-7, and rounded up the James Gang 9-6. But it was too little too late, as the ’Stingers held on for second place. Congratulations to Kennys Liquor for the Men’s F North Division Championship. Great games.
Men’s F South Division
Double Ugly doubled up on the Sons of Pitches 18-9, but got distracted by beer and slow-cookin’ ribs, and the First National Bank Caps put the home style rub on the Ugly ones, 23-11. It wasn’t enough of a snag in the Double Ugly season, though, as they weighed in as the Men’s F South Divisional Champions.
Coed D Division
Alaska Communications put out an email alert on Lynden Transport Coed, 18-7, and when Nizich Dental cleaned and flossed Team Miller Lite, 14-5, the Communicators tweeted, “we r championz!” Congratulations to Alaska Communications for its Coed Division D championship season.
Coed E Division
The AML Hooliguns only needed one win to take home the championship, but Juneau Urgent & Family Care triaged the Young Guns 7-0. When the Killer Bees stung Ryder Construction HNS 12-9, and declared it an undesirable habitat for Wombats, 10-5, the division had three teams with identical 8-6 records. Upon scientific analysis of the data, it was determined that both the Hooliguns and the Bees were threatened — but not endangered species — and that Juneau Urgent & Family Care was the Coed E Division Champion.
Coed F North Division
Malia Hayward State Farm won their first nine games but Seabreeze drafted in their wake all season. In the final week, Malia Hayward quaffed Valley Liquor Crown Royals 13-12 while Seabreeze cracked Rickeys Crystal Fish 16-14. The “other” State Farm, Big Red, got hot as they manacled Off the Cuff 12-8, and shattered the Crystal Fishies 8-5. In a Saturday night tempest, Seabreeze stormed on State Farm Big Red 12-7 to tie with Malia Hayward State Farm for best divisional record at 12 wins and two losses. These two teams had split the two games of head-to-head competition but the next tie breaker, total runs scored vs. the opponent tied with, gave the division crown to Seabreeze, 27-24. Congratulations to Seabreeze, Champions of Coed F North Divison.
Coed F South Division
Coming into the final night of the season, Party Fouls had a one-game lead but McGloven crashed their party, 20-6. Foodland fumigated Haz Gas 15-7, and rolled Ballz of Glory 10-9. Meanwhile, Patriots, Mike Hatch Jeep, handed the glorious Ballz a 17-10 salute. The evening ended with the Patriots, Foodland and Party Fouls in a dead heat with 9-5 records. Once again, the pursuit of a scientific analysis of the data prevailed as the head-to-head competition among the three teams ushered the Party Fouls into first place with a record of 3-1, while FoodLand and the Patriots tied at 2-3. The tiebreaker analysis then continued for the divisional second place spot, with Foodland squeezing out a 2-1 head-to-head record against the Patriots. In the end, Party Fouls celebrated as the new Coed F South Division Champions while Foodland was next in the check out line. Congratulations on a fabulous season.
Coed G North Division
Coming into the final Monday of the season, Bartlett B’Attitudes held a one-game lead over Mt. Roberts Traminators, and B’attitudes were playing the last game of the evening. In the first game, the Tram people greased Reliable Oil 18-4, and then Adder Ups keelhauled the Pirates 15-4, setting the stage for the B’at ones. Not to come this far without the prize, the team from Bartlett alerted AWARE 21-6 to clinch the Coed G North Division Championship. Congratulations to the Bartlett B’attitudes.
Coed G South Division
SRI had a half-game lead over the Ball Busters entering the final night of play. Ball Busters discolored the Bartlett Bruisers 17-11, and then SRI continued the contusions on the team from Bartlett, 19-2. King Brothers maintained their late-season surge with a 19-17 coronation on ASEA Local 52 Summertime Fun. In the season finale, Ball Busters held up the stage with a 14-4 win over Wells Fargo, and with it, the Coed G South Division championship.
It was another fantastic season for Juneau Softball. We had spectacular weather for most of the season, competitive play, superb sportsmanship and a setting for softball unrivalled anywhere. Thanks to all the players, the umpires, the field staff, the fans and the JSA Board for making this a season we will all remember.
Useless factoids from the season: The longest win streak was First National Bank Angels, Women’s D Division, at 10 consecutive wins. ... Kappler Computers, Men’s D, was the only team to have a winning record, yet score fewer runs than their opponents. ... The highest runs-scored-per-game average were Double Ugly, Men’s F South, and Taku Oil Sales, Men’s C Division, at 16.8. ...The lowest runs-allowed-per-game average was Uni-Select Parts Plus Ladies (for the second year in a row), Women’s D North, at 5.71.
Check out the JSA website at juneausoftball.com to see all the updated Second Season scores and standings.