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The Tigers handed Dimona their first loss of the season 9-8 and then were almost no-hit by Ziontours 12-0 in the Israel Softball Association men's league last week.
Also last week, Penticon destroyed Crazy Richard-ReMax Ra'anana 24-3, Dimona downed the Galil Twisters 22-10 and Shimshon Hi-Tech bested the Eilat Flames 22-6. In the ISA women's league, Dimona lost a pair to ISP Tel Aviv 16-1 and the Beit Shemesh Fireballs 18-0.
Tigers 9, Dimona Mean Judeans 8
Dimona mounted a furious comeback in the last inning on Thursday. Down 9-3, Dimona's Ben Kie Ben Israel hit a three-run homer and then Ovade Ben Israel knocked in two with a triple, but Tigers hurler Ari Kanterewicz induced Avraham Ben Israel to fly out to right with the bases loaded for the final out and handed the Negev team its first loss of the season.
Dimona pitcher Yarone Ben Israel was wild, walking 10 and uncorking several wild pitches that led to runs.
Guy Bender tripled in a run for the Tigers and Amos Pollack singled twice and scored three runs.
Dimona 22, Galil Twisters 10
On Monday, the Twisters remained winless against Dimona, even though they set a team record for runs scored against the Southerners.
The Twisters' defense was sloppy and Ahkaziah Ben Israel knocked in seven runs, including two on a rare two-run sacrifice fly, and Ben Kie Ben Israel and Yegall Ben Israel each scored five runs.
Teen phenom Tabay Ben Israel started the game and allowed the Twisters three runs in two innings before giving way to Yarone Ben Israel, but then returned later to stifle a Twisters rally.
Don Weintraub was 3-for-3 with three runs scored for the Northerners and Josh Friedman drove in three with a double and sacrifice fly.
Penticon 24,Crazy Richard 3
On Monday, Penticon remained undefeated by batting around in the first three innings en route to an easy win.
Ami Baran pitched well and Marc Bodner cleaned up with two scoreless innings. Dan Aronovic was the offensive hero with four hits, runs and RBIs and David Fleitman had an inside-the-park homer for Penticon.
Shortstop Itzik Levy turned a nice double play for Crazy Richard-ReMax Ra'anana.
Ziontours 12, Tigers 0
Ziontours' New Zealand-born hurler, Aaron Levarko, carried a no-hitter into the fifth before Gilad Lazar doubled on Tuesday.
Levarko finished with a two-hitter and nine strikeouts. John Wall tripled and homered for the Jerusalemites and Eitan Frankel chipped in with a pair of hits.
Shimshon Hi-Tech 22, Eilat Flames 6
On Friday, Shimshon Hi-Tech broke open a close 8-6 game with a 13-run fourth to keep Eilat winless.
Aron Garfinkel led the way with three walks, a hit and two RBIs, Shem-Tov Shapiro banged out three hits, including two triples, and three RBIs. Rafi Goldmeir was stellar at first base and contributed two hits and RBIs as well.
Winning pitcher Gadi Bossin did not have his best stuff but did help himself with a couple of hits and RBIs.
Diego Janovski had a two-run homer for Eilat and Yosi Glikman and Elia Mizrahi had two hits each.