The fourth annual IAB All Star Day took place on Monday December 18 at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikvah.
Over 90 Minors, Juveniles and Cadets players competed in the Skills Competition, which tested the players’ base running, batting, grounders, fly balls and pitching skills.
The winners in each category were:
Base running: Minors – Guy Shamir (Bat Hefer), Juveniles – Liron Oplinger (Tel Aviv), Cadets – Aviv Bobrov (Misgav).
Batting: Minors – Orly Cohen (Tel Aviv), Juveniles – Toby Cohen (Tel Aviv), Cadets – Amitai Bell (Modiin).
Grounders: Minors – Avi Graff (Bet Shemesh), Juveniles – Ely Rosenthal (Bat Hefer), Cadets – Amitai Bell (Modiin).
Fly balls: Minors – Noam Grossman (Jerusalem), Juveniles – Itzhak Saban (Ra’anana), Cadets – Golan Ravid (Ra’anana).
Pitching: Minors – Shilo Rosenthal (Bat Hefer), Juveniles – Yahav Arbel (Tel Aviv), Cadets – Akiva Meister (Ra’anana).
After the awards ceremony, Junior League Commissioner Yitzy Roseman lit the Hanukkah candles along with IAB President Peter Kurz.
The more than 200 people who came to play and support the players enjoyed a BBQ, before the start of the highly anticipated Juniors All Star Game.
The All Star Game
The Juniors All Stars were divided into teams from the North and from the South. The North was represented by players from Misgav, Tel Aviv, Lev Hasharon and Ra’anana. The South’s players came from Bet Shemesh, Modiin and Jerusalem.
It was a tight game for five innings. The South’s starting pitcher, Yosef Green, pitched a gem from early on, but the North was able to take an early 1-0 lead. The South took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth, but the North fought right back with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. At the top of the 6th, the momentum began to swing the way of the South, as their bats came alive and they took a 6-3 lead. Coming back into the game, Green shut the North down in the bottom of the 6th. The top of the 7th with two outs and two strikes, the South put the game away with two consecutive steals home. That looked to be the back breaker for the North, which then gave up 7 unanswered runs for a final score of 13-3, and a decisive victory for the South.
Thank you to all those who made this day possible: Leon Klarfeld coordinated the skills competition, assisted by Ido Peled. The coaches who ran the skills competition stations: Judah Rosenthal, Shaked Baruch, Kai Friesem, Ofer Bobrov, Ido Dromy, Moshe Tabak, Jacob Davies and Shlomo Friedman. Mel Levi did the BBQ’ing assisted by David Friesem. Vered Sheidman, Marianna Antoniuk, Yael Berg and Danielle Salber arranged and served the food. Dov Hammer was the announcer for the evening. Yitzy Roseman coordinated the All Star game, and coached the North, with Matthew Bryan; Avi Levi and Chris Bryan coached the South. Dan Wroblewski and David Thaler umpired the game. Yaron Erel and Miriam Fima ran the merchandising table. Justin Peedin and Margo Sugarman ran the event.
See you all next Hanukkah!