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Ziontours Takes Off With Round-Trippers

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Ziontours booked a trip to the top of the standings in the All Star Israel Softball League, circumnavigating the bases and playing great defense non-stop, to earn a pair of wins.

“We’ve turned on the jets and we’re flying high, I give props to the whole crew,” said Ziontours captain Benjy Berg. “There’s nothing plain about us.  We’ve got a well thought out itinerary and a brilliant flight plan – but sometimes,you just gotta’ wing it.”

Ziontours’ first win was a 9-7 duel with Shmikumaku, while the second came in a 5-4 nailbiter over Kluggers Sluggers. The Sluggers took the other half of a twinbill, this time facing Wolmark, 13-4, while Shikumaku bounced back with a 13-9 win over Pizza Larry.

In other games, Lakewood Heimeshe Bake Shoppe turned on their offense, with a 17-2 win over Ossie’s Fish. The Lobos Blue Jays defeated Rent A Cell Rollers 14-3, with Lobos captain Nussi Jacobovitch crushing the first pitch over the center field wall.  Kinley and Pizza Larry put on a defensive clinic, in a pristine 3-1 Kinley victory. Kinley followed up with an encore victory over Janglo, 20-3, while Jerry’s Kids rounded out the action with a 9-2 win over Glenlivets.

Playoffs: Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe, Segwayz advance

Friday, June 1st, 2012

The playoff seedings are set, and tension is at a climax, heading into the All Star Israel Softball League post-season. The Wild Card round games will be played this weekend at Kraft Family Stadium, with the semifinals next weekend. The two teams to emerge will then play for the coveted Holyland Series Championship Trophy.

The top two seeds, Café Rimon and Bagelsbergs, e arned first round byes. For Rimon, the week off comes at the perfect time, giving star pitcher Yaacov Ehrlich a chance to recover from a minor injury.

In Ehrlich’s absence from the mound, reliever Yanky Itzkowitz filled in ably, earning two wins in two weeks, and allowing a total of only four runs. League observers have pegged Rimon as the championship favorite, after their recent 23-2 landslide win over Bagelsbergs clinched the top seed, and gave them a perfect undefeated record in the regular season.

Segwayz and Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe earned the right to face each other in the Wild Card round, after successful regular season campaigns placed them in the 4th and 5th seeds, respectively. Each has reason to believe they can win it all, especially after evenly-matched meetings with the two top seeds. Lakewood was the only team to give Rimon a real nip-and-tuck dogfight, while Segwayz won a nailbiter over Bagelsbergs.

Perennial contenders Lobos are sitting pretty as the third seed, awaiting the result of the final regular season game between the Brooklyn Lightning and Jerrys’ Kids. A win for Brooklyn would advance them to face Lobos. Should Jerry’s Kids successfully play the spoiler, Torah Tidbits would land the final spot.

Torah Tidbits has Big ‘K’

Monday, May 21st, 2012

In Torah Tidbits’ historic 1,000th week in franchise history, pitcher Rabbi Jonathan Cohen struck out five, using the timely ‘K’ to hold the lead and record a 6-4 win over Jerry’s Kids.

The Tidbits scored 6 runs in the bottom of the first, and then held off numerous Jerry’s Kids’ rallies, thanks to Cohen’s clutch strikeouts on the mound.

“I wish for myself as a pitcher, the same thing that I wish for Torah Tidbits and our team manager and TT editor and creator Phil Chernofsky,” said Cohen. “Another big K, and success and growth for years to come – and a touch of that Willie Mays magic.”

Café Rimon 14 – Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe 6

In a highly-anticipated showdown, Nussi Jacobovitch and Chaim Schone led a Café Rimon offensive onslaught to retain first place.

Jacobovitch opened the scoring in the first with a sacrifice fly. Schone then singled, Chaim Webber doubled, and Shimon Cohen tripled them both home.

Jacobovitch knocked in more runs later, doubling home Schone and Pinny Itzkowitz. In the fourth, Schone hit a 3 run homer over center, before Jacobovitch launched a monster shot deep over left field.

For Lakewood, Dovid Blieman homered over the left field wall, and Shloimy Gruen sparked a 4-run rally with clutch hitting.

Segwayz 6 – Bagelsbergs 5

With the score tied at 4 in the penultimate inning, Segwayz and Bagelsbergs traded shots, with Segway staying a step ahead thanks to a pair of runs in each of the last two innings.

For all the latest news, schedules and scores, visit www.israelsoftball.com . 

All Star Israel Softball League: Smooth sailing for Segwayz

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

In the second week of the All Star Israel Softball League season, and the opener for Segwayz, the outcome was never in doubt, as Ari Sussman helped his team glide to a smooth 13-0 victory over Jerry’s Kids.

Sussman commended his team after the game, deflecting credit from himself. “Our defense is really humming along, and our power is downright electric. With that great Segwayz balance, it’s just a pleasure to be along for the ride.”

Ari Kafka earned the shut-out on the mound.

Meanwhile, after low-scoring affairs in their respective season openers, the Brooklyn Lightning and Torah Tidbits came out gunning. Torah Tidbits jumped out to a four-run lead in the first, but the Lightning battled back, and the game remained tight until the last inning. Tidbits entered the final frame with a 10-9 lead, when a clutch two-out bases-loaded triple gave the Lightning a 12-10 victory.

Tidbits have lost two straight games by the slim total of 3 runs, but they took heart in their performance; every Tidbits player recorded at least one hit, and Eytan Baratz, the team’s batting leader, continued to shine, knocking in several RBIs and firing in another assist from left field to the plate.

In a rematch of last season’s Holyland Series, Lobos looked for revenge, but it was Café Rimon who prevailed – though all agreed that this encounter would pale in significance to a potential postseason meeting.

Captain Nussi Jacobovitch got Rimon on the scoreboard early, doubling in Pinny Itzkowitz, and then himself scoring on a Yitzy Miller double. Rimon extended the lead on Chaim Webber’s bases-loaded triple, while Lobos responded with a pair of runs in the fourth. Pitcher Yaacov Ehrlich hung on to the tense lead the rest of the way, and in the top of the last Miller tripled home Jacobowitz and Itzkowitz for insurance.

In other action, Bagelsbergs pulled away from Janglo for a 14-6 victory. And it was another impressive victory for Lakewood Heimeshe Bake Shoppe, who faced Segwayz in their second game of the week, keeping their record perfect with a 10-1 win.

For all the latest news, schedules and scores, visit www.israelsoftball.com.

Big Opening Day in All Star Israel Softball League

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

There was lots of exciting opening day action in the All Star Israel Softball League, as fans were treated to two tight pitchers’ duels and two big slugfests.

In the season premier, perennial contender Jerry’s Kids had veteran pitcher Abba Stein on the mound, and he allowed only a solitary run against newcomers Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe – but that run was enough for a win, as rookie phenom Dovi Fass fired a complete game shut-out. Yisrael Guttman broke the scoreless tie with an RBI triple in the fifth, and great defense locked down the 1-0 win for Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe.

In another defensive classic, Bagelsbergs and Torah Tidbits each looked perfect on the mound and in the field, before Bagelsberg’s three-sport star Yisrael Feld and Jacob Kellner hit a pair of solo home runs in the last three innings. Pitcher A.J Fuchs earned the victory, getting out of several Torah Tidbits threats in the final few frames.

Behind the plate

Lobos launched their campaign to recapture the title by breaking open a close game with the Brooklyn Lightning.  Last season’s runner-up, Lobos took a tense 4-2 lead into the sixth inning, then knocked in five runs, followed by a parade of eight more in the seventh, for a 17-4 final.

In the nightcap, reigning champs Café Rimon began their title defense in typical fashion, combining consistency, power, and crafty pitching for a convincing victory over Janglo. Captain Nussi Jacobovitch looked to add his name to those of his dynastic brothers on the Holyland Series Trophy, powering his team with clutch hitting, as Rimon scored in every inning but one, while star pitcher Yaacov Ehrlich allowed only one run, for the win.

For Standings, Scores, News and Schedules go to www.israelsoftball.com.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/sports/big-opening-day-in-all-star-israel-softball-league/2012/05/03/

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