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.
Aug. 13 AMSSL Schedule
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
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