Softball: Optica Int'l records first win of 2007

Takes advantage of eight-man Rehovot squad to claim 29-10 victory; Rise Hi 17, AFI 8; Table2Table 18, Optica International 3.

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Optica International took advantage of an eight-man Rehovot squad to claim a 29-10 victory in an amateur softball in Israel game last week at Kibbutz Gezer. It was OI's first victory of the season. Optica came out swinging against Rehovot's two-man outfield, and scored four runs in the first inning, 17 in the second and seven in the third. By the end of the third inning, seven Optica players - Matt Churchill, Adam Rich, Binyamin Kaffel, Benjie Herskowitz, Jay L. Abramoff, Daniel Sass and captain Steve Harvey - each had at least three hits and had scored at least three times. Churchill led the attack by going 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle (and a half). Rich also went 6for-6, including three extra-base hits. The 12for-12 performance by the duo, batting one and two in the lineup, set a new OI record for the top two batters. Pitcher Fred Moncharsh was effective as usual, and was the beneficiary of significant run support to pick up the win. Rise Hi 17, AFI 8 Rise Hi stayed on top of the standings with its sixth straight win. Rise Hi scored three runs in the second inning and erupted for nine more in the third, jumping out to a 12-0 lead. Avinoam Bernstein got the big hit in the third, a bases-clearing triple. After AFI, which is sponsored by American Football in Israel, scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, Rise-Hi brought in three in their half of the sixth, and took a 17-2 lead into the bottom half of the seventh. AFI scored six runs on three homers to finish the game strong. Naftali Schwartz had two hits and two RBIs, and was solid at shortstop for Rise Hi. Zvi Harow had two RBIs, Earl Harow had three hits and three RBIs and Ethan Harow had three hits and two RBIs. Josh Harow, Moshe Hamburg and Beryl Thomas each had two hits for Rise Hi. Pitcher Ed Harow won his sixth straight following a season-opening loss to Aztek. AFI's Aryeh Baumen, a longtime Rise Hi player before this season, made a sensational play on a foul popup. Table2Table 18, Optica International 3 Table2Table played one of its best all-around games of the season Monday night, and did not allow OI to carry any momentum from its win last week. Please submit items for 'Games We Play' via e-mail to