Tigers beat Express, climb into fourth place

Modi'in defeats Tel Aviv; First-place Beit Shemesh Blue Sox hands last-place Pioneers their ninth straight loss with a 7-4 win.

baseball 298 88 (photo credit: Jay L. Abramoff)
baseball 298 88
(photo credit: Jay L. Abramoff)
The Netanya Tigers overtook fourth place by a half-game over the Ra'anana Express with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday. Netanya's Mike Kerfeld managed to out-pitch an impressive John Thew. Kerfeld was spectacular in throwing a complete game and allowing only two runs on five hits. Kefeld also struck out six Tigers and allowed only two walks. Two of the four runs scored on Thew were unearned. The Tigers offense also did its part. Designated hitter Justin Prinste gave an impressive performance, going 2-for-2 with two RBI. First baseman Ty Eriksen and centerfielder Bryan Pinchuk added a double apiece to give Netanya two wins in a row. Miracle 5, Lightning 0 (1st game) Lightning 5, Miracle 1 (2nd game) Modi'in defeated Tel Aviv in the first game of a doubleheader, winning 5-0. Australian lefty Matt Bennett improved to 6-1 with a dominating complete-game shutout. Tel Aviv's defense committed four errors that lead to two Modi'in runs . Australian Moko Moanaroa went 2-for-4 with an RBI-double as all but two Modi'in players collected a hit. Tel Aviv came back in the second game to beat the Miracle 5-1 behind Aaron Pribble. Seven Lightning starters had at least one hit as leftfielder Matt Brill led the way with two hits, two RBI, and a run scored. Blue Sox 7, Pioneers 4 The first-place Beit Shemesh Blue Sox handed the last-place Pioneers their ninth straight loss with a 7-4 win. The Sox went up 7-0 after three innings with the help of a three-run homer from catcher Scott Jarmakowicz, who also had a double and two runs scored on the day. Sean Slaughter, Gregg Raymundo, and Ben Pincus also contributed an RBI apiece. The Pioneers threatened in the fifth inning when centerfielder Ben Dashefsky of New York launched a three-run homer and got one more run on a bases-loaded walk. But Petach Tikva couldn't catch Beit Shemesh and now drops 19 games out of first place.