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The Otzma Eilat Flames recorded an unprecedented four-game sweep in the Israel Softball Association last week by defeating the Dawgs twice, 16-15 and 8-6, edging Cerveceros 9-8 and benefiting from a forfeit win over the Tigers. They were Eilat's first wins of the season.
Otzma Eilat 16, Dawgs 15
Otzma Eilat 8, Dawgs 6
On Thursday, the two teams completed a suspended game from April 19 that was suspended when the lights went out with the Eilat Flames leading 14-8 in the fourth inning.
The Dawgs fought back with seven runs in the fifth to tie the game, with Dani Machlis's three-run triple making it 15-14 and then Aaron Kurtz tying the game with a single.
In the first extra inning, Goto Hirofumi's RBI fielder's choice brought in Aviram Saar with the deciding run, and then Eilat's pitching and defense shut down the Dawgs.
Roy Even led Eilat's offense with two hits, including a triple.
Kurtz pitched a solid game, striking out nine and only walking six, and teen Maor Mama's league debut was a success, as he had two hits and played great defense at second base.
In the second game, Shmuel Goldstein pitched well for the Dawgs, but Aviram Saar was 3-for-3 and Goto Hirofumi drove in four runs to lead Eilat.
Eyal Mozes homered for the Dawgs.
Otzma Eilat 9,Cerveceros 8
On Friday, down 8-7 in the last inning, the Cerveceros tied it on an RBI single by Miguel Morales, but Even won it with a bases-loaded blast to the center field fence that would have been a grand-slam had the winning run not scored. Even settled for a game-winning single.
Julio Mirabel and Yehezkel Ganz had two hits each for the Tel Aviv team.
Ron Blumenthal had a pair of hits for Eilat, which also received a two-run triple from the hot-hitting Goto Hirofumi.
Otzma Eilat 7, Tigers 0
Also Friday, the Flames were was leading 15-13 when the Tigers pulled their team off the field to protest the umpiring, which led to a forfeit win for Eilat.
Ziontours 7,Shimshon Hi-Tech 1
On Monday, Ziontours' New Zealand pitcher Aaron Levarko was sharp, striking out seven and holding the Shimshon offense to an RBI double from Shalom Menorah.
Benny Ruggill had two hits and RBIs, and was robbed of extra bases by a spectacular grab by Shimshon left fielder Joel Schnitzler who, together with center fielder Stu Schrader, kept their team in the game with numerous fine catches.
Mike Doktofsky chipped in two hits and Aviv Yaakov was outstanding at shortstop for Ziontours.
Penticon 9,Dimona Mean Judeans 6
Also Monday, Penticon took advantage of a youthful Dimona team which bunted up a storm but couldn't get the game-breaking hit.
David Aron's three-run home run in the third gave Penticon pitcher Ami Baran (four strikeouts) a four-run buffer, which was all he would need.
The young, quick Dimona lineup took advantage of the slow field at Kibbutz Gezer, at one time bunting the bases loaded.
In other ISAgames last week, it was: Tigers 15, Galil Twisters 11; Cerveceros 15, Crazy Richard-ReMax Ra'anana 14; and Dimona 10, Cerveceros 5.
Dimona Lady Judeans 23, Beit Shemesh Fireballs 21
On Monday, Dimona finally picked up its first win in an exciting game during which the lead changed five times.
Dimona's eight-run sixth inning gave it a lead it would not relinquish.
The game ended with Beit Shemesh having the tying run on base.
Top hitters were Sarah Bat Israel and Tehorah Bat Israel for Dimona and Ari Sofer for Beit Shemesh.
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