Bud’s Boys Modi’in had a disappointing week in Premier League play, falling to Jerusalem 5-3 on Tuesday, and losing 6-5 to Ra’anana last Thursday.
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Jerusalem’s lefty Nachman Siegel stymied Modi’in for six innings, and Binyamin Mor got the last nine outs to record the save. Jerusalem jumped to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning, sparked by singles from Meir Ginensky and Siegel, and a soaring triple by Aric Weinberg. Except for this fourth-inning outburst, Modi’in’s lanky starter Yotam Ben Amram kept Jerusalem’s bats at bay.
The game featured a number of father-son combinations: Binyamin Mor’s dad Jeff was the hitting standout for Modi’in, reaching base three times. But when facing his son on his fourth at-bat, the younger Mor was able to retire his dad on a ground-out. Tzvi and Mordy Roth, both playing for Jerusalem, accounted for their team’s final run, with Mordy crossing the plate on a ground-out RBI by his dad.
Modi’in narrowed the score to 5-3 in the 8th, with Ben Amram lining a single to left to drive in player-coach Noam Markose, who had singled and stolen second. Bud’s Boys also threatened in the 9th, putting the tying runs on base, but left them stranded.
In the game last week, Modi’in got off to an early start against Ra’anana behind the lights-out pitching of Sam Seelenfruend. But Ra’anana staged a comeback rally in the sixth inning. Steve Buck got the bats rolling with a line drive single to center field. He would come around to score along with four other Ra’anana players, capping a five-run inning that proved to be too much for Modi’in to overcome.
Dani Goldring had a huge two-out hit to keep the rally alive, knocking in two runs for Ra’anana. Player-coach Josh Weiss also came up big with a two-run, two-out double. He would eventually head in to score the go-ahead run.
John Braxton, Ra’anana’s veteran lefty, came in and shut Modi’in down to preserve the win.