Philip Stein’s Sox won three games last week to clinch the No. 1 seed in the playoffs of The Jerusalem Post Softball League.
The Sox twice beat defending-champions Optical International and also got revenge on the only team to beat the Sox this season, with a 19-11 triumph over Polar Air Balls.
Against OI, the Sox claimed an 11-2 victory behind great defense and timely hitting. In addition to completely shutting down the potent OI offense, the Sox tagged OI pitcher Danny Gewirtz for two home runs, a threerun blast by Sammy Tover and a two-run shot by Yisrael Rappaport, On defense, the Sox turned a pair of double-plays to thwart any attempts of an OI rally, as pitcher Ron Gorodetzer gave up only six OI hits all game In the second meeting between the teams, the Sox won 9-5 with first baseman Alan Tover hitting a three-run dinger in the fourth inning and driving in four runs on the day.
Earlier in the week, the Sox outlasted PAB, who rallied to come within four runs in the bottom of the sixth before Sox answered in the top of the seventh with four runs of their won to coast to the win. Alan and Sammy Tover each homered, while Rappaport had four hits.
The Sox now turn their attention to capturing their first JPost league title after finishing as the runner-up to OI last year in the franchise’s inaugural season.