David R. Cohen is the former Associate Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is originally from Marietta, GA and studied Journalism at the University of Tennessee.
The first round of the playoffs in the Atlanta Men’s Synagogue Softball League saw two top-seeded teams knocked into the losers’ bracket, while the third No. 1 seed came close.
Congregation Ariel, the top seed in the Division B playoffs, lost 9-6 to fourth-seeded Congregation Etz Chaim in a game that was tied until the top of the sixth inning, when Etz Chaim pulled ahead with three runs.
In Division C, top-seeded Temple Emanu-El suffered its first loss of the season, 13-10 to No. 4 Temple Beth Tikvah 2.
The only victorious No. 1 seed was Congregation B’nai Torah in Division A, which escaped with a win over fourth-seeded Ahavath Achim Synagogue. B’nai Torah was down in the bottom of the seventh inning but rallied back to win the game 10-9.
The double-elimination tournament resumes Aug. 13 with B’nai Torah and No. 3 The Temple facing off in the A winners’ bracket semifinals.
No. 2 Beth Tikvah and No. 4 Etz Chaim are scheduled to clash in the B semifinals. In the C semifinals, No. 4 Beth Tikvah 2 will play No. 2 Congregation Dor Tamid 2.
East Roswell Park 12:15 — B’nai Torah 2 vs. Kol Emeth | B’nai Torah vs. Temple 1:40 — Temple 2 vs. winner B’nai Torah 2/Kol Emeth | Sinai vs. Dor Tamid 3:05 — Ahavath Achim vs. winner Sinai/Dor Tamid | Beth Tikvah 2 vs. Dor Tamid 2 4:30 — Beth Shalom vs. Sinai 3 | Chabad vs. Or VeShalom 5:55 — Beth Tefillah vs. winner Chabad/Or VeShalom | Emanu-El vs. winner Beth Shalom/Sinai 3
Ocee Park 9 — Etz Chaim vs. Beth Tikvah | Beth Jacob vs. Gesher L’Torah 10:25 — Sinai 2 vs. Winner Beth Jacob/Gesher L’Torah | Young Israel vs. Or Hadash 11:50 — Ariel vs. winner Young Israel/Or Hadash