Dimona Mean Judeans took a 1-0 lead in the their semifinal series
By Micha Winston
Ben Kai Ben Yisrael went 4-4 with three runs scored and threw a runner out at third to end the game as the Dimona Mean Judeans took a 1-0 lead in the their semifinal series on Monday with a 7-5 victory over the Tel Aviv Tigers.
Dimona scored one in the first off of starter Goose Gillett when Ben Kai doubled and came around to score on Elyaheed Ben Israel's single and tacked on two more in the second on Elinatan Ben Israel's long two-run sacrifice fly scoring Akhaziyah Ben Israel and Ovade Ben Israel.
The Tigers battled back, closing the gap to 3-2 when two runs scored off of Yarone Ben Israel on passed balls, one after a triple by Alberto Scioscia.
In the fourth inning, the Tigers tag-team pitching strategy backfired as the Southerners tallied two more off of relief pitcher Mike Williams - Ben Kai again scoring, and single runs in the fifth and sixth off of Ilan Spira.
Down 7-2 in the seventh inning, the Tigers rallied against new pitcher Elyaheed. Two runs scored on a fielding error and then, with runners on first and third, Mendie Pinchovski laced an RBI single to centerfield. Ben Kai came up throwing and fired a perfect strike to third baseman Amikhi Ben Israel who applied the tag to runner Eran Kedar for the final out.