In the ISA Babe Gillett Memorial Fall Tournament last week, the Brewers gained their first ever win, a 5-2 over Shimshon Hi Tech, Ziontours defeated the Dawgs 10-2, the Galil Twisters crushed Crazy Richard 23-5, Otzma Eilat edged the Tigers 4-2 and were manhandled by Penticon 24-2.
On Thursday, Brewers pitcher Yehezkel Ganz, returning from injury, and Sholom Menorah of Shimshon Hi Tech locked horns in an exciting pitching duel. Ganz was masterful, striking out six and getting help on defense from shortstop Julio Miraval who was outstanding, and catcher Alberto Tacher.
Menorah struck out eight and allowed only four hits, but two were triples by Saul Kaim, who scored twice and drove in a run. Menorah had a pair of hits and an RBI, but his teammates couldn't come up with the big hit. His batterymate, Mendy Newman, called a great game and chipped in a couple of hits.
Monday saw a pitching duel between Aarons - Levarko, making an impressive debut with Ziontours, and promising youngster Kurtz of the Dawgs. Levarko, from New Zealand, held the Dawgs to two hits and struck out seven, besting Kurtz, who kept the game close until Blair Portnoy's three-run triple in the sixth. Aviv Yaakov also tripled for the Jerusalemites, who played errorless defense behind the Kiwi. Dawgs' teen star Dudi Zuzin broke up the no-hitter with a smash to right.
On Wednesday, Crazy Richard took a 2-0 lead in the first against the undefeated Galil Twisters on Nate Rosenberg's home run, and tied it at five in the third on Bruce Maddy-Weitzman's two-run single, but Micah Winston's safety squeeze bunt broke the tie in the third and the floodgates opened as the northerners exploded for eight runs in the inning and 10 more in the fourth to win handily. Moshe Hyde homered and drove in three runs, Josh Friedman had four hits, including a home run, scored five times and drove in three, Rob Barasch was 4-for-4 with four runs and Jeffrey Zitomer had three hits and three RBIs to lead the powerful Twister offense, while Bill Arscott pitched effectively.
In a dramatic game on Thursday, Eilat right fielder Amos Pollack threw out a runner at home for a thrilling game-ending double play and pitcher Yoni Weiss, making his first appearance of the tournament, was dazzling, striking out eight Tigers in a 4-2 win. Roy Weiss and Diego Janovsky had RBI doubles for Eilat and the defense was tight.
On Friday, Penticon took advantage of a tired, error-prone Eilat, coming off the draining win the previous night and used a big second inning against pitcher Jeremy Shai to cruise to a 24-2 win. Ami Baran pitched two shutout innings and had four strikeouts, and Marc Bodner pitched three and allowed only two runs. The Penticon defense was superb behind their pitchers. Mark Mayerfeld threw out a runner at third base from left field, Netanel Levenson snagged a sharp line drive at third, and young Ehud Mayerfeld made all the plays at second. On offense, Ron Solomon was 4-for-5 with two home runs and Bodner had three hits and five RBIs.