Guam – The seeds have been planted and the playoffs are ready to begin. The Atkins Kroll Islanders will be seeded 1 and the Bank of Guam Athletics will be seeded 2 after a rained out game determined the final seedings for the 2011 Budweiser Baseball League playoffs.
When the field was deemed unplayable, AK had a 3-0 lead after 5 innings were played. According to the rules, that constitutes as a complete game and the win was awarded to the Islanders along with the top seed.
AK’s Kin Fernandez was the only one to bring in a run off a RBI single. AK’s other two runs came off A’s errors. John Pangelinan was given the win and had 5 strikeouts for the night while A’s pitcher Kareem Mortin got the loss with 6 strikeouts. But these are just personal player stats. The past two games were only to determine playoff seeding and nothing that happened in any of these games will go to the season’s records.
At the end of the game some players and fans felt that the game was called off prematurely and others mentioned that the umpires thought so, too. It was argued that, after the rain has stopped, there is usually a 30 minute grace period to allow the field to dry up before a unplayable decision made. But that didn’t happen on this night. The Parks and Recreation representative stepped on the dirt at home plate even before the rain completely stopped and signaled the game over.
So now the Islanders will face the fourth seeded Agana Heights Docomo Reds and the A’s will once again face the defending Moylan’s ODC Braves in the best of 5 playoff series. The A’s and Braves will kick off the playoffs on Thursday, June 2 and AK will play the Reds on Friday. The teams will play every other day with games on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.