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Even though the game started out ugly, the Tigers' 17-15 victory over Penticon in an Israel Softball Association game last week got better as it went along.
Penticon's teenage hurler, Golan Halley, walked five Tigers and hit another three in the first inning before being relieved. The Tigers would put 10 runs on the scoreboard in the at-bat.
Penticon's second pitcher, Benzi Fleitman, held the Tigers scoreless for two innings as his teammates chipped away at the lead, and by the third, Penticon was down four (10-6) after an inside-the-park homer from David Aron.
Tiger Shlomi Mor Hayim had a pair of run-scoring singles, and late-inning RBI triples by Dror Gal, Carlos Kanterewicz and Avi Shamir capped the scoring for the Tigers.
In Penticon's last at-bat, Howie Hirsch hit a line drive over the centerfield fence for a three-run homer to close the gap, but Tiger pitcher Goose Gillett, now 2-0 on an encouraging comeback trail, kept his poise and recorded the last two outs with the tying run on deck.
Galil Twisters 16, Dawgs 2
The Galil Twisters jumped out to 12-0 lead against the Dawgs after two innings behind two-run doubles from Rob Barasch, Tim Cummings and David Earll and cruised to victory.
Pitcher Bill Arscott was masterful, allowing two hits and only one unearned run in four innings, while the Twisters offense banged out seven doubles, including two by Micah Winston, who also had three RBIs.
Dani Machlis was the lone bright spot for the Dawgs, with a single, a run scored and a fabulous lunging catch in foul territory in left field.
Crazy Richard 13, Otsma Eilat 8
Crazy Richard got its first victory of the season behind the outstanding comeback performance of lefty pitcher David Leichman, who made his first appearance on the mound in eight years.
All eight Eilat runs were unearned, the result of seven CR errors.
Leichman pitched out of two bases-loaded jams, helped by a double play executed by shortstop Seth Gilden and second baseman Amit Megiddo, both of whom also sparked the offense with two singles apiece.
CR broke the game open with a seven-run second, helped by five walks from Eilat starter Itamar Elgazzi. Boris Yugadayev was effective in relief, holding Crazy Richard to five runs the rest of the game.
Hirofumi Goto led the Eilat attack with three hits, including two doubles, while Yossi Glickman scored four runs.
Shimshon Hi-Tech 14, Otsma Eilat 4
Shimshon Hi-Tech pitcher Shalom Menora worked six solid innings and Gadi Bossin closed in the seventh, allowing Eilat only five hits.
Mendy Newman was a triple short of the cycle, while Stu Schrader had a triple and two singles and Dovid Axelrod had two hits, a walk and played a fine third base. The Menora-Bossin combination struck out seven and allowed only one walk.
Eilat's Yegudayev fanned four and walked eight.
In a women's league game, Revital Berlin scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk as ISP (Tel Aviv) defeated Beit Shemesh 16-15 in a wild affair.
Berlin was the top hitter for ISP, while Minna Wolf hit a home run for Beit Shemesh.