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Chris Morse
Ahavath Torah Congregation
1179 Central St Stoughton
Stoughton, Massachusetts

Thursday, August 27
Easton Claims 2015 JSL Championship with 22-4 Rout of Sharon 1

Defending and now many-time repeating champion Easton blew open a 4-4 game last night with 13 runs in the top of the third inning last night.  The demoralized (one presumes) Sharon 1 squad was unable to muster a comeback; in fact, they never scored again.  Final score was 22-4.
Jerry is working on his speech.
Hope to see you all at the banquet on Tuesday night, September 8th, in the downstairs function room at Town Spa.  Open bar begins at 6:30, with dinner served at 7:30.
Second-seed Easton opened the JSL Finals with a 10-8 "upset" win over top-seed Sharon 1 in the opening game on Sunday night.  On Monday, Sharon 1 responded with a 9-8 win of their own to even up the series.
It'll all be decided Wednesday night at 6:00 on Field 3.  Who will prevail?  Who will need to install that extra trophy case because they just won their umpteenth trophy?  Be there and find out!
Or you can read it about here later, assuming they remember to tell me what happened.  :-)
First-seed Sharon 1 has advanced to the 2015 JSL Final series with a 15-11 win over crosstown rival Sharon 2, who obviously put forth more than just a "happy to be here" performance. 
Defending champs Easton also advanced to the Finals by shutting down the potent Stoughton 1 lineup by a score of 12-3.
The Championship will, as always, go to the first team to win 2 games.  The series opens Sunday night at 6:00, with games 2 and 3, if necessary, slated for the following Monday and Wednesday at the same time.
Banquet -->  In case you didn't hear, the end of year banquet will be at the Town Spa in Stoughton on Tuesday, September 8.  Pizza, salad and soft drinks will provided in excess.  Beer available to those with cash.  Time to count up those strikeouts and collect the traditional fines!
Regular season is complete.
Final Standings, in order of finish and playoff seed:
1   Sharon 1        12-3
2   Easton           10-5
3   Stoughton 1    7-8
4   Stoughton 2    6-9
5   Sharon 2        3-13
Play-in game between Stoughton 2 and Sharon 2 is Sunday night at 6:00 on Field 1.
Semifinal games are Monday night at 6:00 on fields 2 and 3.
Best 2 out of 3 Final series begins the following Sunday.
See the Playoff schedule page for teams, times and scores.
Due to a girls' softball tournament being hosted in Stoughton, the two JMSL games scheduled for next Sunday, July 19th, have been cancelled.
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2015 REVAMPED Regular Season Schedule is now available online. (Click on Schedules or Events, at left.)

Opening day is Sunday, June 14.

Our schedule, like years previous, includes games on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday every week.  What's new is that we have added double-headers on many Sundays, meaning that you will sometimes have 3 games a week.  This change has the benefits of giving every team two more games AND perfectly balancing the schedule in terms of games played against all other teams.

All Sunday games are on Field 1, closest to the West School, under the lights. The early game is at 5:00 and the latter game starts at 7:00 OR 30 minutes after the early game has ended.  Please be early!

Monday and Wednesday games are on Fields 2 and 3, away from the West School.  All weekday games begin at 6:30 pm, except for the last two weeks of the regular season (August 3 and later) when games will start at 6:15.

Each team is scheduled to play 16 games in the regular season (barring rainouts).

The regular season ends on Wednesday, August 12.  Play-offs will begin on the Sunday following with the play-in game between the 4th and 5th seeds.

As always, team captains or their designated press secretaries will need to send me game scores by email after the games so that I can post the scores.  Please email me at

Finally, please note that teams now have assigned dugouts for every game. By decree, the home team will take the first-base dugout/bench for each game.

League Rules

Slaughter rule: 20 runs after 4 ½ innings; 15 runs after 5 ½ innings

Tiebreakers for playoff seeding:

o   Head-to-head

o   Run differential vs. each other

o   Run differential vs. the whole league

o   Three way tiebreaker: head-to-head, then run differential in games played against each other

"Point of no return” between 3rd base and home plate will be the mid-point between the two bases.  Once the runner passes that line, he is committed to coming home and cannot return to third base.  Although there is a force at home plate, the runner can also be tagged out.

Pitching mound is 50 feet from the back of home plate.

If, in the umpire’s opinion, protective equipment is used during a game to gain an unfair advantage (for example, kicking your leg out like a goalie to stop a ground ball) the umpire should rule the ball dead and award 2 bases to the runners. 

Each team is allowed two challenges of umpire calls in the finals when there are two umpires.  You do not lose a challenge if you are successful, and you do lose a challenge if you are not successful.

If the umpire does not show up for a game, and we are not able to get a replacement umpire, we will use the mat behind home plate for balls and strikes.  The hitting team will provide the field umpire (last batted out; second to last batted out can be used if a pinch runner is needed).

Each team can place up to 20 players on its roster.  Rosters need to be submitted by 7/3.

A team can use up to 2 non-rostered players to play a regular season game only, if they would otherwise forfeit.  All 8 players need to be at the field within 15 minutes of the scheduled start of the game, or the team forfeits.

o   Teams cannot use additional non-rostered players once they are at the minimum of 8 players (e.g. if a team has 7 rostered players who show up, they can use one non-rostered player, but not two.  If a team has 6 rostered players show up, they can use 2 non-rostered players.)

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