Baseball: Modi’in Marches Over Ra’anana

Tel Aviv Comrades tame Jerusalem Lions.

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Israel players celebrate their 4-2 win over Spain at a World Baseball Classic qualifier in Jupiter, Fla., Sept. 21, 2012.
Israel players celebrate win over Spain at a World Baseball Classic qualifier in 2012.Credit: AP

In Premier League action on Tuesday, Bud’s Boys Modi’in Miracles defeated the Ra’anana Raiders 10-2, playing nearly flawless defense and enjoying solid pitching performances by David Holin and Alex Aleman. Bud’s Boys also combined timely, hitting with a slew of bases on balls to rack up its 10 runs.  

Modi’in jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, taking advantage of two walks by Ra’anana’s young pitcher Yotam Ben Amram, the ace of Israel’s junior team that finished second in an international tournament in Prague last month. Holin raked a double to drive in the first two runs and player-coach Ira Moskowitz singled to bring Holin home. Ben Amram then settled down and fanned the next two batters to end the inning.

Bud’s Boys added another three runs in the second inning, sparked by Sammy Tover’s base hit and a two-bagger by Aleman. The two also combined to produce Modi’in’s seventh run in the fourth inning, with Tover blasting a triple, followed by a hard-hit single by Aleman.

Ra’anana’s veteran Orr Gottlieb was tagged for a run in the sixth after relieving Ben Amram, with Albert Levy scoring his third run of the day after leading off with a single to left. Modi’in put the game out of reach with another pair of runs in the eighth, with Tover scoring his fourth run of the game and Nissim Yechezkel scoring from third on a wild pitch.

The Raiders scored one run in the fourth on a double to right-center by Ben Laks. Ra’anana’s second run came in the sixth, with Ben Amram also driving a double to the right-center gap.

Modi’in and Ra’anana will continue their three-game series next week, with games on Sunday and Thursday ( 7:15 P.M.) at the Baptist Village field in Petah Tikva. 

Tel Aviv tops Jerusalem, 6-1

Earlier in the week, the Tel Aviv Comrades tamed the Jerusalem Lions 6-1 in a fast-paced and well-pitched game. Teenage standouts Tal Erel and Noam Calisar − also members of the national team that won silver-medal honors in Prague − each smacked doubles for Tel Aviv, and Erel also pitched two innings for the Comrades. Dan Rothem went six innings on the mound for Tel Aviv and Jason Bonder pitched one inning.

Yuli Tsypin and Shlomo Lipman split the pitching duties for Jerusalem, and Lipman’s single to right field drove in the Lion’s lone run. 

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