(photo credit: Courtesy)
The new-look Morningside Translations Warriors kicked off the 2011
modified-pitch softball league in style, cruising by the Beit Shemesh Suns 15-12
at Gezer on Thursday.
Looking to reclaim a title lost last year, the team
previously known as CleanTech looked impressive after a slow start. The Warriors
looked shaky as the Suns scored five in the top of the first.
Warriors pitcher Avi Dzik got into a groove and was helped out by some key
defensive plays in the field.
Morningside then charged back to score 15
unanswered runs, holding the Suns scoreless until a late seventhinning,
seven-run rally that got the Beit Shemesh squad back to within
Shortstop Joe Federman and third baseman Yaniv Tsaidi led the
Warrior offense with three hits apiece.
Gershon Jacobovitch, Yanky
Itzkowitz and Aron Heller each added a pair of hits and a sparkling play in the
Itzkowitz scored three times in his Warrior debut and the veteran
Heller knocked in three runs.
“It’s great to come out and send a strong
message in the opener,” Heller, the team manager, said.
“After all the
offseason changes and the new team management it was important for us to show
that we are still the same old winning Warriors.”