by Akiva Richman

It was a beautiful Father’s Day morning as the Junior Varsity Softball MTA Lions took to the field against the DRS Wildcats of the Five Towns for the 2016 Yeshiva League Championship. Tension filled the air as these two powerhouse teams got set to face off. On the MTA side of the field, family, fellow students and faculty enjoyed a school provided BBQ.

With one out in the top of the first, Ellie Roz of the Wildcats launched an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence, giving the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, the Lions clawed their way back when sophomore Chaim Weinstein drilled a line drive into centerfield, scoring freshman Yaron Kahan.

DRS would again take a one run lead in the third, but the aware defense of the Lions kept DRS to just one run. As the second DRS runner attempted to sneak home from third, MTA freshman pitcher Eitan Pfeiffer quickly threw home to co-captain catcher Zeve Kornwasser who was in perfect position to apply the tag. In the bottom of the fourth, the Lions would once again claw back. Freshman third baseman Akiva Richman hit a line drive that was snagged by the shortstop; however, in his attempt to double Kahan at second, the ball got away into centerfield and Yaron charged all the way home to tie the game at 2-2.

In the top of the fifth, the Wildcats took their third one-run lead of the game. And for the third time, the Lions would claw their way back, this time for good. With runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Kahan lined a pitch just over the third base bag for a huge two run double that gave MTA their first lead of the day. For good measure, freshman slugger Daniel Landa then singled in Kahan giving the Lions the insurance run.

The Lions then took the field needing three out to earn the championship. After a quick two outs, DRS put runners on first and second. But fortunately for the Lions, those runners never reached the plate as the final out was a deep fly to centerfield caught by Kahan. The team and the fans in attendance charged the field, celebrating the victory.

“This incredible game capped off an amazing season for us, and an even more fantastic school year,” noted MTA freshman shortstop Eitan Warburg of Teaneck, NJ. Sophomore Zack Gurwitz of West Hempstead, NY agreed, noting, “what set us apart, was the way we played together as a team.”

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