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Otsma Eilat became the last men's Israel Softball Association team to record a victory in 2006, with a bizarre 11-10 win over Crazy Richard, while Zion Tours also got in the win column, 14-12 over the Tigers, their first loss. Shimshon Hi-Tech fell for the first time, 9-7 to the Galil Twisters.
In a strange ending, Crazy Richard scored the tying run in the sixth inning and was still threatening when the lights at Kibbutz Gezer went out. According to the rules, the score reverted to the end of the previous inning, 11-10 for Eilat.
All nine Eilat players scored runs and Nir Ben-Moshe and both Eilat pitchers Roy Even and David Marciano each recorded two hits. Marciano came to the rescue with CR runners on all bases and only one out, escaping the inning by giving up only one run. David Levy had two of the five CR hits, but most of their runs scored on walks.
Zion Tours jumped out to a big lead in the first two innings, but the Tigers' comeback fell just short. ZT led 7-1 and 14-7 before the Tigers narrowed the gap to 14-12, but couldn't get over the top.
Tom Haskell had a tworun homer for Zion Tours, Mike Doktovsky doubled twice for four RBIs, Benny Ruggill tripled in a pair and soft-toss hurler Blair Portnoy held on to a two-run lead in the final inning for the win.
For the Tigers, Dror Gal led the offensive attack with four RBIs, and pitcher Goose Gillette hit a baseclearing three-run double. Mendie Pinchovski. Michael Rea and Guy Bender each tripled.
Galil Twisters catcher Jake Miller threw out the tying runner attempting to steal second to extinguish an exciting Shimshon Hi-Tech comeback. The Twisters jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings against pitcher Sholom Menorah on RBI hits from Moshe Hyde and Eitan Milgram, a safety squeeze by Jeffrey Zitomer and a three-run triple by Alex Crane, while pitcher Bill Arscott held the Shimshon bats in check.
In the fourth, Shimshon rallied for five runs on an RBI triple by Jeff Mor, and a single by Stu Schrader, and then, after a costly error, Dovid Axelrod cleared the bases with a double. Gadi Bossin relieved for Shimshon, allowing only two runs in three innings, while his team added another.
In the seventh, relief pitcher Yosi Ajzenwaser got one Shimshon out, then walked the bases full and allowed a run on a fielder's choice before Miller ended it.
Micah Winston and Tim Cummings each had 3 hits for the Twisters, whose defense was spectacular - Milgram made a sliding catch in right field and first baseman Tomer Molovinsky made a tumbling grab of a popped up bunt. Please submit items for 'Games We Play' via e-mail to email@example.com
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