Rise-Hi defeated CleanTech 13-8 on Friday in a hard-fought battle at Gezer.
Rise-Hi jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first when three consecutive hits plated Ariel Gilor, Alan Tover and Josh Ettinger.
Tover added a solo home run in the third to make it 4-1 and it seemed as if a rout was brewing.
However, as much as Rise-Hi would retain its lead throughout, CleanTech kept crawling back to keep the game close.
The powerful CleanTech bats exploded in the fifth inning, hitting three of their franchise-record four homers in the inning. Yaniv Tsaidi and Aron Heller went back-to-back to draw CleanTech back in the game. Gershon Jacobovitch added a solo shot later in the inning.
The CleanTech comeback came up short, however, because of some costly fielding gaffes and wild pitches late in the game.
Already up 10-8 Rise-Hi scored three additional insurance runs in the top of the 7th inning, with key hits provided by Amiad Harow, David “Bubba” Kiel and Yoni Schwartz.
Ed Harow held CleanTech scoreless in the bottom of the seventh th to pick up his sixth win of the season on the mound in the 13-8 final.
For CleanTech, Joe Federman and Tsaidi each collected three hits, with
Tsaidi getting three RBI’s as well. Cleanup hitter Aaron Lazor hit the
other homer for CleanTech, a towering shot to left. He finished with
two hits and two RBI’s for the day.
Rise-Hi was led by Gilor’s four hits and pair of runs. Ettinger had
three hits and two RBI’s, while Chaim Jacobson and Ethan Harow each
picked up a pair of hits.
In other action from Gezer, OI came away with an uplifting victory
after sustaining a scary injury to its star shortstop Kenneth Zwiebel
in a freak pre-game batting practice accident.
Zwiebel, who has a team-high four home runs already on the season, took
a line drive to the face and had to be taken to the hospital. Luckily,
he will be fine, and his teammates managed to rally from early deficit
and break out of their shell-shock to pound out 18 runs in an 18-9
victory against Neve Daniel.