(photo credit: Efrat Sa'ar)
The defending champion CleanTech Warriors advanced to the semifinals of the
modified slow-pitch softball league Sunday, defeating table-to-Table 26-14 in a
slugfest at Kibbutz Gezer.
In the other first-round playoff matchup,
Optica International crushed the Beersheva Rockets 22-7, invoking the mercy rule
after just five innings.
The single-elimination semifinals take place on
Tuesday at Gezer (CleanTech vs Beit Shemesh Suns; OI vs RiseHi), with
best-of-three finals kicking off on Thursday.
CleanTech fell behind 6-2
early, but a three-run homer by Aaron Lazor in the third woke up the
The team went on to hammer 24 runs on 25 hits over the last
Gershon Jacobovitch and David Fain led the powerful
Cleantech offense, both going 5-for-5 at the plate. Jacobovitch had his
performance of the season, collecting three doubles, a triple and five
Fain scored four times and knocked in three. Left fielder Matt
Brenner was also perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 and scoring five
Dzik added another five RBI’s for ClenTech.
In the late contest, OI
jumped out to a 10-run lead after two innings and cruised to the
Danny Gewirtz pitched a near perfect three innings, giving up
just two unearned runs while the OI bats did the rest.
Matzi Chinskey was
the hitting star of the game for OI, blasting two home runs and knocking
Captain Yedidya Rausman had two doubles and four RBI’s, while
Gewirtz went 2- for-2 at the plate and scored both times, in addition to
the BeerSheva bats at bay all night.
Steve Leibowitz came in and pitched
the last couple of innings for OI, giving Gewirtz a chance to rest for
night’s semifinal showdown with powerhouse RiseHi.