Games We Play: Softball

ISP Tel Aviv came back to record a thrilling, 15-14 walk-off victory over the Beit Shemesh Fireballs.

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ISP Tel Aviv came back to record a thrilling, 15-14 walk-off victory over the Beit Shemesh Fireballs and pummeled the Dimona Lady Judeans 30-2 in the Israel Softball Association's women's league last week. ISP Tel Aviv 15, Beit Shemesh 14 On Wednesday, the closest women's softball game of the season so far ended when Orna Meir Freedman's RBI double gave ISP Tel Aviv its third win of the year. Hot hitting by Revital Berlin (double, home run) put Tel Aviv in the early lead but the Fireballs battled back with a two-run homer from Minna Wolf and patience at the plate - scoring seven runs on walks in the fifth and final inning to take a 14-12 lead. After two quick outs, Tel Aviv put runners on base to set the table for Inbar Reich's game-tying two-run single and then Freedman's winning hit. ISP Tel Aviv 30, Dimona Lady Judeans 2 ISP Tel Aviv rode the hot pitching of Ilana Levy to an easy victory over the hapless Dimona women's team on Thursday. Levy struck out six and aided her cause with a home run and double in Tel Aviv's 20-run first inning and her batterymate Judith Nosgorodsky added a double and triple. Men's League Shimshon Hi-Tech 8, Crazy Richard-ReMax Ra'anana 6 Getting revenge for a close loss earlier this season, Shimshon Hi-Tech reversed the tables on Tuesday with a hard-fought victory over Crazy Richard-ReMax Ra'anana. Crazy Richard jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Shimshon Hi-Tech answered with four of its own on a two-run triple by Joel Schnitzler and run-scoring singles by Dovid Akselrod and Jordy Alter. From the second inning on, Shimshon's defense tightened behind hurler Sholom Menora's second complete game in four days. Schnitzler was outstanding on defense, corralling six fly balls in left field. Crazy Richard never let up, tying the game at 4 in the second and at 5 in the third. Hall of Fame baseball writer Murray Chass of the New York Times was on hand to watch his son Mark play. The younger Chass did not disappoint his dad. He doubled, walked twice, and stole three bases for Beit Shemesh. In addition, Akselrod had two hits, runs and RBIs and stole home and Alter tripled with two RBIs. Penticon 24, Dawgs 10 An 11-run first was all undefeated Penticon needed to beat the Dawgs on Tuesday. Ami Baran pitched three dominant innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three. The Penticon defense was excellent, exemplified by shortstop Ron Solomon's over-the-shoulder catch of a bloop fly ball to short left field, and center fielder Sam Goldberg's throwing out a runner at third base trying to take the extra base. On offense, Daniel Maddy-Weizman had four hits, runs and RBIs and homered, and Dan Marcus drove in five with three doubles. Also last week, it was Ziontours 8, Galil Twisters 5; Tigers 15, Cerveceros 4; Dimona Mean Judeans 12, Eilat Flames 2; and Cerveceros 16 Eilat Flames 10.