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2017 Pikesville Men's Softball League Standings, Schedule, Highlights and Scores

Week #15 -- July 16, 2017

Highlights submitted thus far by  Bombers

Northwest Regional Park Field 1:    Umpire- Rick Simmons
Game 1: Natty O's 26 (WP- RJ Seabeck 3-5)  La Familia 7  (LP- )   4 Innings

Highlights pending.

Game 2:   Natty O's 22 (WP- Jay Walle 6-3 )  La Familia 16  (LP- )  

Highlights pending.

Northwest Regional Park Field 3:    Umpire-
Game 1:
Northwest Corridor 18  (WP- Howard Goldberg 7-4)  Recruits 1  (LP- )   4 Innings

Highlights pending

Game 2:  Northwest Corridor 21  (WP- Ted Winner 4-3)  Recruits 3  (LP- )   4 Innings  

Highlights pending

Northwest Regional Park Field 4:    Umpire-  Jeff Kurland
Game 1:   Nationwide Bombers 7  (WP- Tzvi Friedman 10-1)  Kings 1  (LP- Jeff Harris 9-5 )  

The Bombers swept the Kings and won their 2nd straight Pikesville Men’s Softball League regular season title with 4 games to go. Neither game was close with the Bombers prevailing 7-1 and 16-7. Tzvi Friedman was dominant and moved his record to 11-1. Jeff Harris took the loses.

Gershon Yakobovitch and Ben Gutman led off the game with singles. Martiez “Taz” Reed then followed with a bomb over the LCF fence. The Bombers extended their lead to 4-0 in the 2nd. Veteran catcher and team leader Jason Gardner, led off with a double and a Kings error allowed Gardner to score. The Bombers continued to take it to the Kings with 2 more in the 4th. With 2 outs, Sam Luxenberg reached 2nd on another Kings error. Dan Gutman’s sharp single easily scored Sam. Gardner singled up the middle and Friedman helped himself with an RBI single. The Bombers thought they would keep the inning going when Chaim Finkelstein singled. Gardner scored while Friedman slid into 3rd. However, the umpire ruled Friedman out before Gardner crossed the plate which abruptly ended the Bombers promising inning and kept the score at 6-0.

Shilo’s RBI single in the 4th cut the lead to 6-1 but the Bombers came back in the 5th with one of their own. Uri Rabinowitz tripled to the fence and Max Cantor’s SF plated Rabinowitz to make it 7-1. Friedman and Harris held down both offenses the rest of the game. The Bombers defense rebounded and played solid defense all game.

Notes: Marc Loeb was absent due to the removal of his tonsils. This important operation will mean trouble for the rest of the league as Loeb couldn’t eat for 2 weeks and is now down to 170 pounds.

Ben Gutman is the Bombers unsung hero as he has filled in at catcher during Loeb’s absence and several other positions to help his team.

Game 2:  Nationwide Bombers 16  (WP- Tzvi Friedman 11-1 )  Kings 7  (LP- Jeff Harris 9-6 )  

In game 2, the Kings jumped out to a 2-0 lead on 3 errors by the Bombers. It could have been worse but Flamm made an outstanding sliding catch at the fence on Sarubin’s foul pop. The Bombers showed their championship metal by scoring 3 in the bottom of the 1st to take a 3-2 lead. Gershon doubled and Ben G scored him with an RBI single. Taz walked and Shulie Hochman’s long fly ball moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Luxenberg’s key single gave the Bombers the lead and they wouldn’t give it back. The Bomber’s defense picked it up and turned in a solid SS to 2nd to 1B double play on a solid turn by Rabinowitz. The Kings flashed the leather themselves in the 2nd as Friedman hit a hard smash to 2nd baseman, Kenny Salzman who made a great play on a bad hop. Chaim Finkelstein and Uri followed with singles and Gershon hit a SF to bring Chaim home. Ben G’s RBI single brought home Uri and Taz followed with a missile over the CF fence. That gave Taz 3 HR’s vs the Kings this year in 4 games and moved the score to 7-2.

Salzman’s RBI single in the 3rd made it 7-3. The Bombers came right back in the bottom of the 3rd and scored on 3 straight singles by Sam, Dan and Jason. Freidman’s key K in the 4th ended a potential rally by the Kings. The Bombers scored 2 more in the 4th. With 1 out, Uri and Gershon singled. Ben G hit another RBI single and Flamm followed with an RBI single of his own. The Kings put 2 on and no outs in the 5th but Friedman shut them down again. The Bombers added on 4 runs in the 5th to take a commanding 14-3 lead. Sam doubled and Dan reached on an error. Gardner tripled in 2 runs and Hochman ran for Gardner. Hochman scored on Friedman’s single. Gershon then doubled and came home on another RBI single by Ben Gutman. It was Gutman’s 400 career RBI.

The Kings kept fighting by scoring 3 in the 6th. It could have been worse but Gershon made a diving full out diving catch on RCF. In the bottom of the 6th, Hochman singled and Sam doubled him on a deep drive to LF. Dan Gutman’s infield single brought home the Bomber’s 16th run. The Kings tacked on one more in the 7th to close the scoring at 16-7.

Notes: In what the Bombers either deemed as sad or pathetic, Manager Mike Herr came to the mound twice in the 6th to talk to Harris, apparently mocking Bomber’s manager David Finkelstein visit to the mound earlier in the game . Then he started checking the Bombers bats with umpire Kurland.