In a dramatic championship final in the All Star Israel Softball League, Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe took home the Holyland Series Trophy with a stunning 10-7 comeback victory.
Players and fans stormed the field and celebrated the roller-coaster win late into the night.
Lakewood, widely seen as the underdogs, jumped out to an early lead. They scored five runs in the first inning, sparked by Yitzy Kramer and Shloimy Gruen. The experienced Lobos squad showed veteran poise, chipping away at the deficit and breaking through for a 7-6 lead with just two innings left.
Then, in the penultimate frame, the high drama began.
Pitcher Dovy Fass singled, followed by Mayer Shatner and Gruen, bringing up Shloimy Rosenberg in the ultimate clutch situation: bases loaded, two outs, with the championship on the line. With the crowd at fever pitch, Rosenberg cracked a shot deep into center field for a bases-clearing double.
In the top of the last inning, Shatner knocked in an insurance run, and Fass ended the contest with a strikeout and two ground balls.
Lakewood won its stunning championship by knocking out the two most feared teams, Lobos and Cafe Rimon, in the semis and the championship. The Heimishe Bake Shoppe got offensive production across the board as Eli Bleeman had two hits and a walk and JT Gutman went 3-for-3 with two walks, including a rare intentional pass.
Yechiel Kleiman made the throw of the game from left field to gun down a runner at the plate, while second baseman Shloimy Gruen's spectacular catch on a line drive up the middle with two men on cut short a would-be Lobos go-ahead rally.
Gruen accepted the Holyland Series Trophy amid a raucous crowd of well-wishers.
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