MORNINGSIDE TRANSLATION Warriors 370.
(photo credit: courtesy)
In a big week for Optical International, it captured a pair of crucial victories
with lopsided 15-8 and 30-2 results to retain its hold on second place in the
Jerusalem Softball League.
First, OI knocked Harow from ranks of unbeaten
with a 15-8 victory led by an outstanding performance on both sides of the ball
by Danny Gewirtz, who held the usually lethal HA bats quiet from the mound and
picked four hits on offense.
OI came out aggressively against HA hitting
pitcher Ed Harow early and often. HA bolted to a 4-1 lead after two innings but
OI scored 14 runs over the last four innings.
“We are right where we want
to be at this stage of the season” OI captain Yoni Schwartz remarked after the
game. “Our defense is coming together, we are getting great pitching and
defense, which is always a lethal combination.”
In the second win, OI
banged out 31 hits in a 30-2 drubbing of the Bodner Flom Blackhawks, who remain
winless so far this year.
OI moved to 6-2 and a solid hold on second
place in the Jerusalem Softball League.
OI was paced by Akiva Schwartz’s
2 home runs and five hits. His brother, Yoni, also had five hits to pace the
massive OI offensive attack. Pitcher Danny Gewirtz allowed one earned run to
pick up his second victory of the week.
Meanwhile, the Philip Stein’s Sox
won their third straight game of the season, overwhelming the Morningside
The Sox scored four runs in the first inning and led 7-4
after three innings, The Warriors hung tough until the fourth inning before PS
pulled away when Seth Gerson led off with a triple and scored on an error. Alan
Tover hit a two-run HR – his third in the last three games – and Josh Blacher
singled home Chaim Jacobson.
The Sox scored three more in the sixth and
closed out the game by scoring seven more runs in the sixth inning on eight
The Warriors bats didn’t produce their usual bang and
some horrendous defensive error put them in a hole they couldn’t dig themselves
Pitcher Ron Gorodetzer kept the Warrior bats off balance all game
and picked up his third straight win on the mound .
For the Warriors,
Nussi Jacobovitch led the offense, going 4-for-4 with two batted in. Ariel Kass
broke out of a season-long slump, going 3-for-3 at the plate and Matt Churchill
continued his torrid season, with a two-run homer in the third inning and three
RBIs on the day.