Softball: Penticon, Tigers remain undefeated

Galil Twisters remained one game back in the loss column with a hard-fought 17-11 victory over Crazy ReMax.

October 15, 2007 06:17
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Softball: Penticon, Tigers remain undefeated

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The Tigers and Penticon each improved to 5-0 in the Israel Softball Association's 'Babe Gillett' Memorial Fall Tournament last week. The Tigers rode the hot bat of Mark Loeb to a 19-4 win over ISP Cerveceros and Penticon's Ami Baran hurled his third shutout in a row - 15-0 over Shimshon Hi Tech. Also, the Galil Twisters remained one game back in the loss column with a hard-fought 17-11 victory over feisty Crazy ReMax. On Sunday, Ami Baran pitched a one-hitter while fanning nine, including the side in the third, for his third straight shutout. The Penticon offense roughed up Shimshon starter Gadi Bossin, scoring in every inning of the 41⁄2 inning game. Howie Hirsch was 3-3, with a homer and four RBI's and scored the 15th run to clinch the win,. Dan Aronovic knocked in three and Marc Bodner had a pair of hits. Yaakov Ben David had the lone Beit Shemesh hit. On Thursday, The Tigers made it five straight with a 19-4 clubbing of the Cerveceros. The game was never close as Tiger hurler Goose Gillette kept the Latin squad off stride and the Tiger offense, led by slugger Mark Loeb, who clubbed two home runs, a double and nine RBIs, overwhelmed the Cerveceros third-string pitcher Carlos Hidalgo-Grass. The burly third-baseman has homered in each game in the Fall Tournament for a total of seven, to go with 24 RBI's. Right fielder Blair Portnoy hit an inside-the-park home run and drove in four while shortstop Gilad Lazar added two singles, a triple and two RBIs for the Tigers. On Wednesday, David Earll's bases-clearing three-run double in the bottom of the sixth put the Galil Twisters in front for good and spurred an eight-run inning in an exciting 17-11 victory over Crazy ReMax. Crazy jumped out to leads of 6-0 and 8-4 on the legs of its young stars from Kibbutz Gezer, and crafty fundamentals from its team elders. IBL player Alon Leichman led the way with a 4-4 night and Ilan Susskind and Ira Moskowitz each banged out a pair of hits and stole two bases and veteran Bruce Maddy-Weitzman's added a key 2-run double. The Twisters battled back with Dave Fain's three-run triple breaking the ice in the third off of the elder Leichman, Dave. Rob Barasch tripled in two in the fourth and singled in another in the fifth to give the Northerners their first lead of the night at 9-8, but Crazy rallied off pitcher Kobi Daya, on in relief of Bill Arscott, going ahead when Ron Dermer singled after an intentional walk to Nate Rosenberg. Down 11-9, with time running out, the Twisters loaded the bases on a pair of hits and a bunt single by Tim Cummings that was rolling foul but hit a rock and veered back in play, before Earll's big hit put them in the lead for good. Twisters right-fielder Eitan Milgram had the defensive gem of the night, throwing a runner out at home on a short fly to right. Crazy's shortstop Itzik Levy started rally killing double plays with lunging grabs of line drives.

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