Modi’in prevails over J’lem in season finale
Team overcomes grand slam by Nate Fish
Bud’s Boys Modi’in Miracles walked off with a hard-fought 7-6 victory over the Jerusalem Lions on the last Sunday of November in Modi’in’s season finale in Premier League play.
The Miracles jumped to a two-run lead in the first inning, sparked by bash brothers (in-law) Sammy Tover and Yoni Schwartz. Modi’in added two more runs in the second, with Tonny Schwarzmer contributing a double and Noam Markose driving in a run with a sacrifice fly to give Modi’in what looked like a comfortable 5-0 lead.
Modi’in’s righty Dima Ryabtsev set the Lions down in order in the first two innings, but Jerusalem took advantage of two fielding miscues by Modi’in in the third inning to score one run and load the bases for Nate Fish, otherwise known as the King of Jewish Baseball. Fish swatted a regal grand slam to tie the game at 5-5.
Jason Bonder took the mound for Jerusalem in the bottom of the third and promptly struck out the side, and went on to surrender only one run over the next four innings. But Ryabtsev was equally effective, and took a 6-5 lead into the last frame of the seven-inning game, thanks in part to a great throw from center-fielder Albert Levy to cut down a runner at the plate.
But King Fish struck again in the top of the seventh, this time lifting a broken-bat liner that barely eluded Modi’in’s third baseman to drive in the tying run. Things look bright for Modi’in in the bottom of the inning when it loaded the bases with nobody out. But Jerusalem left-fielder Danny Mishkit provided some heroics of his own, gunning down a runner at home on what would have been a game-ending sacrifice fly. Bonder then struck out the next batter to send the game into extra innings.
Tover took over mound duties for Modi’in in the top of the eighth and held Jerusalem scoreless. Then Pasha Ryabtsev greeted Jerusalem’s relief pitcher, Avi Watson, with a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Schwarzmer. Watson struck out the next batter, but surrendered a walk to Markose and a single to Tover to load the bases. Schwartz then drew a walk to push across the winning run.
The Premier League announced this week it is staging its first-ever all-star game on Sunday, December 1, at the Baptist Village field.