(photo credit: courtesy)
Israel Softball Association (ISA) players and officials gathered at Kibbutz
Shomrat on Friday for the fourth annual memorial tournament.
killed by a Katyusha rocket at his home on Kibbutz Saar during the Second
Lebanon War in August 2006.
Players from various ISA league squads
combined to form the three tournament teams. Three three-inning games were
played. Captains of the tournament teams were Bob Samuels (1993 Israel National
Team coach), Yosi Sa’ar (Eilat Flames) and Lowell Blackman (Dawgs).
tournament ended with all three teams posting one win and one loss. Team Yosi
outlasted Team Bob 7-6 in the first game. Team Bob defeated Team Lowell 3-2 in
game two and Team Lowell posted a 5-2 victory over Team Yosi in the final
The three games featured a series of fielding gems in both the
outfield and the infield.
Tal Beinin (Team Bob/Israel Women’s National
Team) had three tournament RBIs, Jorge Guilarte Abad (Team Lowell/Cerveceros)
stroked an RBI triple to bring his team within one run of tying the second game,
Pipo “Manny” Ramirez (Team Bob/Cerveceros) had a two-RBI triple to deep left and
Eran Kedar had three run-scoring smashes to right-center.
(Cerveceros) went all six innings for Team Yosi. Leading 2-1 over Team Lowell in
the top of the third inning of game three, Arscott threw a drop pitch for a
swinging third strike that should have given him and Team Yosi their second win
of the tournament, but the ball got away from the catcher and caromed out of
play. That put the strikeout victim on first base and advanced the other
baserunners to second and third, still with two out.
Team Lowell took
advantage of the break and scored four runs to score the final runs of the game
and win 5-2.
Blair Portnoy (Team Bob/Ziontours) baffled Team Lowell’s
hitters to post a 3-2 win in game two. And Goose Gillett (Team Lowell/
was sharp on the mound to hold Team Yosi to two runs in the third
Senior ISA umpire Howie Litz officiated all three games from behind
A brief ceremony was held between games two and three. The
players and spectators observed a minute of silence, remembering the
and father and niece of fellow ISA player Shalom Menora. Rikki, Rachel
Menora and Sara Klein perished in an airplane crash in Michigan earlier
month. Gadi Bossin read a letter from Menora to the tournament
Rabbi Bob Samuels spoke about Dave Lelchook and his legacy.
Tournament photos and certificates and a ceremonial ISA softball were
to the family.
Dave’s mother Doris, from Boston, and sister Judy, from
Washington, and Dave’s widow, Estie, and daughters Yael and Michal, of
Saar, were tournament guests of honor.