Softball: Dawgs earn first win

In women's games, the Beit Shemesh Fireballs downed the Beit Shemesh/Ra'anana Juniors 18-7 and ISP Tel Aviv crushed the Hashmonaim Juniors 29-1.

By MICAH WINSTON
October 28, 2007 04:34
2 minute read.
Softball: Dawgs earn first win

Softball 298.88. (photo credit: (Efrat Saar/courtesy))

The Dawgs won their first game in the Israel Softball Association's "Babe Gillett" Memorial Fall Tournament last week with a thrilling see-saw 16-15 victory over Shimshon Hi Tech. Also, Rookie Cuban immigrant Carlos Rojas bashed three home runs in the Cerveceros' 27-4 mauling of Crazy ReMax. In women's games, the Beit Shemesh Fireballs downed the Beit Shemesh/Ra'anana Juniors 18-7 and ISP Tel Aviv crushed the Hashmonaim Juniors 29-1. On Monday, in a nail-biting classic, the Dawgs squeaked past Shimshon Hi-Tech 15-14. Shimshon jumped out to leads of 7-3 and 13-7, taking advantage of wildness from Dawgs pitcher Aaron Kurtz and timely hitting from Joel Schnitzler and Ya'akov Ben-David who each drove in two runs. Shmuel Goldstein (five strikeouts and two walks in four innings) relieved Kurtz and pitched strikes allowing his defense to make the plays, in particular centerfielder Maor Mama who made several fine catches. The Dawgs offense then came alive against the Beit Shemesh team, that was missing its top two pitchers and went with Shem Tov Shapiro and reliever Lavey Friedman on the mound. Catcher Michael Moronov, who played a great game on defense, slugged an inside-the-park grand slam to bring the Shfela team within striking range and then Jeff Weiner, who had two hits, runs and RBIs put the Dawgs ahead 15-14 in the 4th. However, the Shimshon Hi Tech pushed across a run in the fifth to tie before Mama's sacrifice fly brought home Kurtz, who had doubled and then Goldstein shut the door with a 1-2-3 final inning. Other top hitters were Yigal Rozval and Lowell Blackman of the Dawgs, who each had a pair of hits, as did Lavey Freedman and Ari Shapiro for Shimshon Hi Tech. On Tuesday, Carlos Rojas became the first player in recent memory to hit three home runs in a game, two over the fence and one inside-the-park as the Cerveceros destroyed a depleted Crazy ReMax team. Alberto Tacher also homered and pitcher Yehezkel Ganz allowed one run in three innings while Yosi Ajzenwaser provided two innings of effective relief. On Sunday, The Beit Shemesh Fireballs gained their second victory by beating a combined team of junior girls from Beit Shemesh and Ra'anana, 18-7. Neither team's starting pitchers were 'on', and most of the first two innings' runs came on walks, wild pitches and passed balls. However, in the third inning, the Fireballs' bats really came alive, and the women scored eight times, led by left fielder Batya Jerenberg's bases-clearing double. Catcher-turned-relief-pitcher Meirav Eisenberg put in two beautiful innings of work, allowing only one unearned run.


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