|Softball champs 370.(Photo by: Courtesy)|
Lakewood Heimishe takes Holyland Series
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
Warriors improve to 11-2 by knocking Suns out of postseason contention.
In a dramatic championship final of the All Star Israel Softball League,
Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe took home the Holyland Series Trophy, with a
stunning 10-7 comeback victory.
Players and fans stormed the field,
celebrating the roller-coaster victory for Lakewood late into the
Lakewood, widely seen as the underdogs, jumped out to an early
lead, scoring five runs in the opening frame, with Yitzy Kramer and Shloimy
Gruen sparking the opening salvo.
The experienced Lobos squad showed
veteran poise, chipping away at the deficit, and finally breaking through for a
7-6 lead with just two innings remaining.
Then, in the penultimate frame,
the drama began.
Pitcher Dovy Fass singled, followed by Mayer Shatner and
Gruen, bringing up Shloimy Rosenberg in the ultimate clutch situation – bases
loaded, two outs, with the championship clearly on the line.
crowd at a fever pitch, Rosenberg cracked a shot deep into center field, for a
basesclearing double that returned the lead to a euphoric Lakewood
In the top of the last, Shatner knocked in an insurance run, and
the Fass ended the contest with a strikeout and two induced ground
Lakewood’s stunning championship was accomplished while knocking
out the two most feared teams in the lead, Lobos and Café Rimon, in the semis
The Heimishe Bake Shoppe got offensive production
across the board, as Eli Bleeman had two hits and a walk, JT Gutman batted 3 for
3 with two walks, including a rare intentional pass.
Yechiel Kleiman made
the throw of the game, with a tremendous assist from left field to gun down a
runner at the plate, while second baseman Shloimy Gruen’s spectacular catch on a
line drive up the middle with two men on, cut short what looked to be a Lobos
Fans stormed the field on the final out, as Gruen
accepted the Holyland Series Trophy amid a raucous crowd of
Warriors improve to 11-2 by knocking Suns out of postseason contention
The Morningside Translations Warriors avenged last year’s playoff loss to the
Beit Shemesh Suns with a 12-9 victory Thursday at Gezer that eliminated the Suns
from postseason contention for the first time in a long time.
victory, the Warriors improve to 11-2 with a single game left in the regular
season. The Warriors will face their longtime nemesis RiseHi in the season
finale Friday – a matchup that will decide the number one seed in the
Thursday’s game was tight till the fifth inning when the
Warriors scored five, sparked by a monster three-run homer by all-star Yanky
Itzkowitz. The leftfielder added four runs scored, four RBI’s and three stolen
bases to the lead the Warrior offense.
Avi Dzik had three hits and was
solid again on the mound.
But Suns ace Andre Isaacson handled the rest of
the fearsome Warriors lineup. The team only garnered 13 hits for the evening,
with Isaacson holding the Warriors number hitter and batters five through eight
to a combined 2-20 from the plate.
The Warriors defense kept them ahead
until a scare in the seventh, when the Suns scored four runs off Warriors closer
Joe Federman to get within three before he locked up his fifth save of the
The big blast was a threerun homer by slugger Adam Fishman, who
went 4-for-4 in the game with four RBI’s.
Chaim Wizman went 3-for-4 with
three RBI’s for the Suns in a losing effort.
“This one got a little too
close for comfort but a win is a win,” said Warriors Manager Aron
“Joe came through in the clutch as he always does and we’re going
to need that if we get into a tough spot in the playoffs.”