Baseball / Bud's Boys, Comrades Locked in First-place Battle in Premier League

Ra'anana has one win in five games; startup Jerusalem team still fighting to get into the win column.

As the Premier League of the Israel Association of Baseball enters its second month of play, Bud’s Boys Modi'in and the Tel Aviv Comrades are vying for first place, both with a 4-2 record. Ra'anana has recorded one win in five games and a “startup” Jerusalem team is still fighting to get into the win column.

In a game played on Tuesday, Tel Aviv outgunned Jerusalem 9-3 behind a strong pitching performance by Orr Gottlieb, who also helped his cause by stroking a double to deep center field. Allen Goodman blasted a triple and Herbie Epstein had two hits for Tel Aviv.

Meir Ginensky sparked Jerusalem’s offense with a double, and Nachman Siegel lined an RBI single off of Tel Aviv’s ace. Yehuda Joffe greeted Tel Aviv’s closer Yuli Tsypin with a crisp single in the last inning, but the tall righty was able to strand Joffe at second and secure the win.

Next week’s schedule: Tel Aviv and Ra'anana will meet twice, on Sunday and Thursday; while Modi'in and Jerusalem will face off on Tuesday. All games are at 7:15 P.M. at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikva.

Premier League athletes are 16 years old and up. 

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