The regular season has come to an end and the playoff matchups are set for the “All Star Israel” softball league. This past weekend, several teams were competing for higher seeds and first round byes, looking to finish strong as they prepared for either Tier 1 Holyland Series Playoffs, or the tier 2 AFI Cup Playoffs.
The number 1 seed was awarded to Lobos, who beat the previously undefeated Frozen Ropes. Tzionim bounced back from last week’s loss, winning both ends of their double header, to grab the number 2 seed, and with it the coveted second bye.
MMJ defeated Bina Bombers for the 3rd seed slot, while Frozen Ropes received the 4th seed after the loss to Lobos.
Although Water Sensations lost, they had help from other teams and managed to obtain the 5th seed, while Jerry’s Kids defeated Good Old Boys to push their team into the sixth and final Tier 1 playoff berth.
The Holyland Series playoff matchups are as follows: #4 Frozen Ropes will play #5 Water Sensations, with the winner facing top-seeded Lobos in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, #3 MMJ will play #6 Jerry’s Kids, for a chance to play the #2 seed, Tzionim, in the other semifinals.
Now that the playoffs are set, teams have a clean slate and will have to leave everything on the field if they want a chance at the Holyland Series Championship Trophy, which will take place this Saturday at 10:00 pm, at Kraft Family Stadium.
The Tier 2 bracket was decided last weekend as well. Morningside Translations took the top seed, setting them up against Bina Bombers. Good Old Boys and Mevaseret had the unusual experience of facing each other in the final regular season game, flipping spots in the standings, and discovering that this matches them up again in the Tier 2 semifinals. These games will take place on Thursday and Friday, and the winners will have the chance to play for the AFI Cup on Saturday at 11:45pm, at Kraft.