A three-way logjam at the top of the American Legion Zone 1 final standings at the end of the regular season took went to the third of four tiebreakers before it was broken, with Brewer getting the top seeding.
Actually, not all the tiebreakers were used as the first one — a playoff game — proved impractical due to the Zone 1 Tournament’s start date of Thursday.
So, after the second tiebreaker (head-to-head records) was unable to break the tie between Brewer, Hampden and Bangor since Zone rules decree that it applies only to two-team ties, the third tiebreaker (Mealey points) was employed, according to Zone 1 commissioner Dave Paul.
Mealey points award points to teams based on head-to-head records, regardless of how many teams are tied. With all three teams sporting 15-5 records and Brewer having a 2-0 head-to-head record against Bangor and a 1-1 mark against Hampden, Brewer’s Mealey point total was 45.
Hampden, with a 1-1 record vs. Bangor, earned 30 points and second place while Bangor got 15 and was given third.
Paul said a playoff would have been used if only two teams were tied, or if there was more than three days between the end of the regular season (Monday) and the start of the tournament.
“Three teams meant we would have had two games, one on Tuesday and one Wednesday, and we’re not supposed to play games within three days of the start of the playoffs,” said Paul.
So, the final order for the six-team tourney is as follows: 1. Brewer (15-5), 2. Hampden (15-5), 3. Bangor (15-5), 4. Steamboat — Waldo (14-6), 5. Trenton (11-9), and 6. Motor City — Bangor (10-10).
Action will start with Waldo “hosting” Trenton at 4 p.m. Thursday in Bangor at Mansfield Stadium. Motor City will then play Bangor at 7 p.m.
The teams will be reseeded after Thursday’s games in the event of upsets. Friday’s game will have Hampden playing either Bangor or a reseeded winner at 4 p.m. and Brewer playing a team to be determined at 7.
The tournament will run through Sunday.
And by the way, the fourth tiebreaker? The dreaded coin flip.
“We try not to use that if we can avoid it,” Paul said.
Bangor sweeps Lincoln
At Garland Street Field in Bangor, Nate Lewis hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in Chad Kelley for the game-winning run as Bangor topped Lincoln 6-5 in the second game of a doubleheader for a sweep.
The Comrades won the first game 5-2 .
In the first game, Kelley hit an RBI single and stole three bases to spark Bangor. Shane Walton chipped in with a double and a single.
Ivan Voisine hit an RBI single for Lincoln.
In the second game, Kelley walked, stole second and third base in the seventh to later score the winning run for the Comrades. Lewis hit two singles and drove in four runs. Adam King doubled and singled while Walton added an RBI single.
Lance Bernier posted two singles and an RBI while Donnie Russell, Ryan Beers and Alan Langley each had an RBI single for Lincoln.