Games We Play: Rise Hi solidifies top spot

Softball: Late Night Labs beat AFI, and Optica International trounces Beersheba Rockets.

Softball 298.88 (photo credit: (Efrat Saar/courtesy))
Softball 298.88
(photo credit: (Efrat Saar/courtesy))
Rise Hi got even with the CleanTech Warriors on Friday at Gezer, beating them 5-2 in a pitcher's duel between Ed Harow and Meir Goldberg. The teams were knotted at two in the fifth when Rise Hi's Yoni Shwartz launched a homer to left. A couple of costly CleanTech errors tacked on a few more and that was all the support Harow would need as he retired 15 CleanTech batters in order at one point and didn't give up a run after the first. Shwartz had a pair of RBIs in the game, while CleanTech's Aron Heller had a pair of hits and an RBI. Nisan Hirsh had the Warriors' other RBI. Rise Hi improved to 6-1 on the season, while CleanTech feel to 5-3. Late Night Labs 6, AFI 5 On Friday, in a back-and-forth contest, the Late Night Labs claimed a dramatic victory on a walk-off single with the bases loaded that scored the tying and winning runs and prevented AFI from excaping with the victory. Down two runs on a blooper two-run homer that went over the fence off the glove of AFI centerfielder Yedidya Rausman, AFI rallied to score a pair in the sixth to tie it, and added another in seventh on a HR by Kenny Zweibel to take a one-run lead going into the final half-inning. However, a lead-off walk and a one-out single set the table for the game-winning hit and improve the Labs' record to 3-4, while sending AFI back to .500 at 4-4. Optica International 12, Beersheba Rockets 4 Aaron Lazor, starting his first game as pitcher for Optica International, picked up the victory and homered to help his own cause as OI beat the Beersheba Rockets 12-4 on Thursday. The Rockets jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Tzvi Herman's throw from deep center to third baseman Steve Harvey nabbed a sliding Steve Terner trying to stretch a double into a triple and prevented any further damage. In the bottom of the first, singles by Ariel Kass, Aaron Katsman, Dov Friedman, and Jay Abramoff gave OI a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the third, hits by Katsman, Friedman, Bernie Kastner, Harvey, and Avi Schlossberg brought in another three runs to make the score 6-1. In the top of the sixth, Beersheba scored two runs to make the score 9-3, but a strike from leftfielder Katsman to Schlossberg at the plate caught the Rockets' Noam Martin trying to score and ended the rally. For Optica, Friedman and Harvey had three hits a piece, Ariel Kass hit an inside-the-park homer and scored three runs, and Kastner and Abramoff each went 2-3.