New Seventh and Eighth Grade Yeshiva League is a Big Hit

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 Ezra C. Sultan 

The dream of forming one of the most anticipated yeshiva leagues in years, for seventh and eighth graders, has come to fruition! The league just completed its first exciting season. 

Action From the Start

At the start of the season Magen David Yeshivah, led by Coaches Ezra Sultan and Richie Mizrachi, came out of the gate on fire and finished with a perfect 6-0 record.  

Closely following was a very strong YDE squad, led by coaches Sammy Esses and Max Antar, who boasted a 5-1 record.

The 6-0 MDY Warriors battled HALB in the semi-finals. The other semi-final matchup featured the 5-1 YDE Thunder vs. the 2-3 Barkai Suns. Barkai Yeshivah pulled off a major upset, knocking out YDE in an absolute stunner, 4-3, to advance to the World Series.

Later that day, MDY wowed the fans by decimating  HALB with a stunning 12-0 victory, which advanced MDY to the World Series. 

 

World Series Game – Fans Go Wild

Fans packed in by the hundreds anxiously waiting to watch this highly-anticipated matchup. The crowd got out of their seats as they wildly cheered on their teams. 

The MDY Warriors roster included pitcher Charles Sultan, 3B Abie Antar, SS Leon Franco, 2B Eddie Massre,1B Morris Kredi, SCF Isaac Mizrahi, LF Marshall Levy, CF David Abadi, RF Stephen Zekaria, catcher Joshua Ovadia, and DH Isaac Hazan 

The Barkai Suns roster featured pitcher Joe Dweck, 1B Marvin Fallack, 2B Albert Salman, SS Richie Mishaan, 3B Sammy Shammah, SCF Benny Mizrahi, LF Jeremy Sakkal, CF Sam Salem, and RF Solomon Cohen.

The game got off to an exciting start. In the top of the first, Marvin Fallack from Barkai hit a line drive double to drive in the game’s first run and put his team up 1-0.

MDY answered back in the bottom half of the inning. A blistering double off the bat of the speedy lead-off hitter Eddie Massre followed by a frozen rope in the gap by pitcher Charles Sultan knotted the game at 1-1.

In the fourth inning, the MDY Warriors took a 2-1 lead after Joshua Ovadia smoked a double to left scoring David Abadi. 

In the top of the seventh inning, Barkai had two men on base with two outs while trailing by one run. Up stepped Marvin Fallack to the plate.

Fallack waved his bat with bravado, putting fear into the MDY fans, who were nervously counting the outs, shouting, “One more out!” Suddenly, MDY coaches called a timeout for a meeting on the mound. 

 

A Risky Tactic 

The Warriors defense gathered for a quick huddle. They decided to intentionally walk Fallack to load the bases with the game on the line! Now, even a walk would tie the game and a single might even give Barkai the lead!

What a gutsy call by the Warriors coaching staff, which showed their full trust in their all-star pitcher and defense. But would this work? 

Their bold plan worked to perfection! The next Barkai batter struck out, to end the game stranding the bases loaded. 

 

Kudos to the MDY Champs 

MDY earned the title of undefeated champions! Their legacy will live on as the first-ever champions of the MJDSBL Seventh-Eighth Grade Softball League inaugural season. 

Congratulations to both teams on a wonderful season!