This week was highlighted by the play-in series between Silver Gamblers and Black Sox. Game 1 saw Black win all of the 1st 5 innings, including 5 with 2 out on one on in the 2nd, to lead 13-5 after 5. Black had balanced hitting, but Silver had a homer form Johnny Hyman, as well as one by Ron Herczeg which was disallowed when he was called out for stepping on the plate. Then in the 6th, Silver started to hit Gary Tenebaum hard and otherwise find holes. 6 runs were scored, led by Harvey Hazan’s lead-off homerun. Black got 3 back in their half, but Silver continued to get hard hits, and Black couldn’t otherwise make the plays. With the score 16-12 and bases loaded, David Benoliel hit a grand slam to deep center to tie the game. After Ron singled, Brad Worth lined a single down the LF line and Cliff Posel fell trying to cut the ball off, allowing Ron to come all the way around. Brad later scored on a groundout giving Silver a 2 –run lead. In the bottom half, Howard Kaiman led off with a hard liner, but SS Jonny Mandel leapt up the ladder to snag it. After a popup, Cliff smashed a liner to left center which looked like extra bases, but Beno had a great jump and tracked it down at full speed to end the game, 18-16 Silver.
Game 2 was anticlimactic. Black got one run in each of the 1st 2 innings, but Silver scored 5 in the 2nd and 4th to lead 10-2. Ron homered again, and in an act of sportsmanship, Black’s catcher Art Krause blocked the plate ensuring Ron couldn’t get called out again. Black rallied in the 7th, but it was too little too late as Silver won 11-7 to take the series. They now advance to the main playoff draw as the #8 seed and welcome Gary as a 2nd pitcher to the team.