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The defending champion CleanTech Warriors are back in the finals after disposing the Beit Shemesh Suns 17-7 at Gezer on Tuesday. The Warriors will now meet Rise-Hi – which beat Optica International 18-8 in the other semifinal game – in a rematch of last year’s exhilarating finale.
CleanTech broke their semifinal game open in the third, scoring eight runs on 11 hits, and never looked back, cruising to their fifth victory in a row. The team’s 1-2-3 hitters set the pace, with Joe Federman, Avi Dzik and Yaniv Tsaidi all collecting four hits and two runs. Aron Heller, Aaron Lazor and Matt Brenner each had three hits for a CleanTech offense peaking at the right time.
“We are feeling very confident right now as a team. At this stage of
the season everyone’s got their bumps and bruises, but real champions
just have to play through the pain,” said Heller, the team manager.
“We’ve got some unfinished business with Rise-Hi.”
In the other semi, after OI opened the scoring, Rise-Hi stormed out of
the gates and answered with nine runs in the bottom half of the first
OI responded with five runs in the top of the second, keyed by a
three-run HR by catcher Chaim Baldesare to close to 9-6, but Rise-Hi
scored four more in the second, five in the fifth inning and and
another two in the sixth on a towering HR by Sammy Tover to secure the
Ed Harow pitched brilliantly for Rise-Hi, which recently added a new
insignia patch on the front of their uniforms in solidarity with IDF
Elite Navy Commando unit SHAYETET 13.