Games We Play: Zion Tours zooms back from 11-run deficit

Blackout cancels Tigers-Dimona game; Penticon beats Zion Tours 6-4; Shimshon Hi-Tech takes Dawgs 13-10.

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In Israel Softball Association games last week, Zion Tours came back from 11 runs down to beat the Dawgs 23-17, the Tigers vs Dimona game was cancelled when the lights went out, Penticon edged Zion Tours 6-4, Shimshon Hi-Tech bit the Dawgs 13-10, and the Galil "Golan Plastic Products" Twisters routed the Tigers 17-3. On Sunday, the Dawgs jumped out to a 17-6 lead with a nine-run fourth inning behind the bats of Dani Machlis (4-for-5, three RBIs, triple), Julio Mirabel (3-for-5, two RBIs, double), Leandro Leon (4-for-4), Yehezkel Ganz (3-for-5, two RBIs), Michael Moronov's inside-the-park home run and sloppy Zion Tours defense. However, in an ugly fifth inning, the Dawgs defense collapsed, and the Jerusalemites, sparked by two inside-the-park home runs from Tomer Portnoy, scored 11 runs to tie the score. In the sixth inning, the Dawgs rolled over and handed Zion Tours six runs, mostly on walks and errors. Also on Sunday, the Tigers were down by two runs to the Dimona Mean Judeans and were threatening with the bases loaded when the lights, which are on a timer, went out at the field on Kibbutz Gezer. The game will be replayed if necessary. In a closely contested game on Monday, Penticon pitcher Ami Baran was the difference, striking out six and stifling a powerful Zion Tours offense. Golan Halley hit a home run over the fence at Gezer, David Fleitman doubled, tripled and scored twice, and Daniel Maddy had two hits and two runs for Penticon. Aviv Ya'akov led the way on offense for Zion Tours with a pair of hits, and Joel Katzin chipped in two hits and solid defense at third base. On Tuesday, Shimshon Hi Tech jumped out to a 6-1 lead with a four-run fourth, including a two-run single by Sholom Menorah. However, the Dawgs roared back to to take a 10-8 lead. From there, the Shimshon Hi-Tech pitching and defense took over. A 4-6-3 double play kept the Dawgs from blowing it wide open and then pitcher Gadi Bossin entered and held the Dawgs scoreless with help from an accurate relay throw to home by Jeff Mor and a diving catch by center fielder Joel Schnitzler. In the bottom of the fifth, Schnitzler's double made it 10-9 and then in the bottom of the sixth, Dovid Axelrod (three hits) tied it with a groundout, and his brother Yudi put the team from Beit Shemesh in front for good, and then grabbed a long fly ball to end the game. Alberto Tascher tripled for the Dawgs and Shmuel Goldstein reached base three times, but their poor defense was the difference in the game. On Wednesday, the B Division Galil "Golan Plastic Products" Twisters showed no mercy in thrashing the A Division Tigers 17-3 by playing almost perfect ball. Bill Arscott allowed one run on four hits while striking out four in four innings, and the Twisters offense capitalized on numerous Tigers' defensive mistakes and banged out 17 hits while playing impressive defense. David Earll was 3-for-4, scored three runs and had a pair of two-run doubles in the five-run first and the nine-run third, Moshe Hyde cleared the bases with a three-run double and scored four runs and Tomer Molovinsky was 3-for-4 with a triple to lead the Twisters on offense. Center fielder Eitan Milgram, who threw out a runner at third and ended the game with a sliding catch, was the defensive star. Craig Einhorn was the lone bright spot for the Tigers with an RBI single and a sliding catch in right field. Please submit items for 'Games We Play' via e-mail to [email protected]