Softball / Playoff Race Reaches Final Day

The HAS Softball League reaches the climax of the regular season today, as the pennant drive turns into a mad dash for the final playoff berths.

Perennial favorites Lobos can clinch the top-seed spot with a win when they face Jerry's Kids. Hot on their heels are defending Holyland Series champs Cafe Rimon, Rampart and Shraga, just one game out of first.

Fighting for the four remaining playoff spots are Kids of Courage, Your Israel, DOC, Park Place, Unicorns and Jerry's Kids.

Adding to the drama and intrigue is the league rule that allows the highest-seeded teams to pick their first-round opponents from among the lower seeds - a format that the league introduced last season and that has also been adopted in leagues abroad. The format has also been discussed recently in NBA and NHL circles.

Last week's scores: Lobos 13, Digital Office Concepts 3; Cafe Rimon 8, Kids of Courage 4; Rampart 6, Park Place 1; Rampart 1, Your Israel 0; Shraga Aunts 3, Park Place 2; Your Israel 5, Digital Office Concepts 2; Unicorns 13, Cholent Monsters 0; Digital Office Concepts 4, Jerrys' Kids 3; Park Place 6, Cholent Monsters 5.