In his rookie campaign in The M&S Summer Night Softball league, Shimmy Cohen came not just to play, but to play with a purpose.

You would never guess it from his quiet demeanor and humility both on and off the field, but Shimmy is truly an
all-around athlete, and has shown early on that he is a star on the rise.

Through his first six games of the regular season, Shimmy’s statistical batting line is nothing short of eye popping. He sports a robust .591 batting average, while leading the league in hits with 13, along with five runs scored, two doubles, a triple and six runs batted in. Not only is Shimmy one of his team’s most potent threats at the plate, he is playing a gold glove caliber right field, as well.

But what this rookie phenom brings to the table cannot fully be quantified with statistical evidence. Shimmy’s approach to the game, and, more importantly, his approach to his teammates, should be emulated by all.

The most remarkable thing about Shimmy is that he is just a rookie, displaying the kind of play and leadership generally found among league veterans. The M&S night league is very excited to have Shimmy for many years to come, and is honored that he is named as this month’s Sportsman of the Month.

Another young superstar, Natan Safdieh, has also turned some heads this month as he wreaked havoc on the softball field. His extraordinary play is deserving of honorable mention.

In Natan’s sophomore season in the M&S Summer Night Softball League, he has proven that last year was no fluke. In fact, Natan has taken his game to the next level. Young Safdieh is bar none the fastest player in the league and possibly the fastest athlete our community has ever produced. Through his first four games of the regular season, Natan has been dazzling on the base paths, and he already has a homerun, two doubles, a triple, six RBI’s and a .562 batting average (all in four games!). Natan also plays a lock down centerfield.

Natan is a special ballplayer who uses his Gd-given tools better than anybody in the league, and has quickly established himself as standout athlete in the M&S Summer Night Softball League and throughout the community.

Congrats to both Shimmy Cohen and Natan Safdieh on their superb sportsmanship both on and off the field!