Baseball / Premier League / Jerusalem Squeaks by Ra'anana Ahead of Playoffs

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In Premier League action this week, Jerusalem narrowly defeated Ra'anana 11-10, while Bud’s Boys Modi'in pounded Tel Aviv 18-5. The playoff round begins next week, with first-seed Tel Aviv facing Jerusalem on Sunday, and Modi'in slated to play Ra'anana on Tuesday (game time 7:00 PM at the Baptist Village field in Petah Tikva).

The Jerusalem-Ra'anana contest began as a pitchers’ duel between Jerusalem’s Nachman Siegel and Ra'anana’s John Braxton, but Yehuda Joffe broke the scoreless tie in the third with a two-run triple down the first-base line. Ra'anana quickly countered with a pair of runs of its own in the bottom of the third, setting a pattern of tit for tat that continued through the rest of the game.

Siegel led off the fourth for Jerusalem with a crisp single up the middle, and later scored on Mordy Roth’s single. Jerusalem jumped to a 7-3 lead in the sixth, sparked by RBI singles by Ilan Klein and Daniel Ginensky, but Ra'anana came right back with 4 runs of its own.

Ra'anana took a 10-9 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but Jerusalem scored a pair of runs in the eighth: Nissim Yechezel led off with a walk, and pinch runner Meir Ginensky promptly swiped second and scored on another single by Roth, who crossed the plate with the winning run on a base hit by Grant Mooney.
Reliever Ira Moskowitz held Ra'anana scoreless in the bottom of the last inning, backed by some nifty glove work by Klein and Yechiel Scheinfeld. Second-baseman Roth also had a web gem early in the game, robbing Dani Goldring of a hit on a slicing liner between first and second. Goldring later smacked a pair of singles for Ra'anana, and Ophir Katz and Gilad Kinor also provided key hits.

In a game earlier this week, Bud’s Boys Modi'in and Tel Aviv were locked in a 1-1 tie after one inning, but Modi'in exploded for 10 runs in the second inning, sending 15 batters to the plate. Jordan Fershtman and Noam Markose each had two hits in that inning alone. Zach Schneider also had a multiple hit game for Modi'in, which took advantage of a slew of walks by Tel Aviv’s pitching staff.
Orr Gottlieb led Tel Aviv with two hits, including a strong double down the left-field line.

Ra'anana's Gilad KinorCredit: David Bachar