The Tel Aviv Comrades clinched their second national Juveniles championship in a row, beating the Yad Binyamin Wolves 8-0 on Friday at the Baptist Village. They had beaten the Ra’anana Raiders 2 the previous week to win the Jackson Cup for the top team in the Sharon region.
The Lev Hasharon Nationals 1 won the Cadets league, beating Modiin Navy 7-1 on Friday at Kibbutz Gezer. This is the first championship title to go to Lev Hasharon. The team didn’t drop a game all season, and didn’t disappoint in the final.
The Ra’anana Raiders Juniors took their championship against the Jerusalem Lions in a decisive 17-3 victory on Friday at the Baptist Village. The Raiders started strong and didn’t let up until they had taken back the trophy they’d last won in 2015.
Ra’anana was also dominant in the Premier League, winning the spring season championship after taking Game 3 of the series 8-5 on Thursday at the Baptist Village against a formidable opponent, the Tel Aviv Comrades. Ben Flesher pitched a complete game for the win.
Wishing all our players, coaches and umpires a restful and enjoyable summer vacation.

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The Juniors played their semi-final games on Friday, setting up an exciting championship game this coming Friday afternoon at the Baptist Village.

The Jerusalem Lions advanced to the championship game. Led by a stellar pitching performance by Akiva Moss, and a balanced offensive attack, they defeated Modiin 7-5.In defeating Modiin, Jerusalem knocked out the defending champions and will be playing for their third championship in four years.

The Ra’anana Raiders upset the number 1 seed Beit Shemesh Comets in a 19-6 rout in Gezer. The Ra’anana bats were on fire throughout, as they slugged ten home runs, including three from Kai Friesem and two each from Shaked Baruch and Betzalel Kupietzky. Ido Peled started for Ra'anana and pitched four strong innings, allowing three runs while striking out six. Ra’anana advanced to their first championship since their 2015 victory, and will take on Jerusalem in the finals this Friday.

Come out for an exciting game where two former champions will slug it out for the coveted Juniors trophy.

There's a lot of action throughout the leagues in the coming weeks. Playoffs for Israel Baseball Premier League, Juniors, Cadets and Juveniles are happening soon, and it will be exciting.

In the Premier League, on Thursday June 13, the Tel Aviv Comrades will play the Jerusalem Lions for a place in the championships starting next Sunday against Ra'anana. With 11 wins out of 14 games, Ra'anana is looking good. Championship games on Sunday June 16 and Tuesday June 18, and if required, on Thru7sday June 20 at 19:00 at the Baptist Village. 

The Bet Shemesh Juniors are the team to beat in the Juniors league. But the Jerusalem Lions and last year's champions the Modiin Miracles aren't giving the championship away without a fight. 

In the Cadets leagues, the big question is if anyone can topple Lev Hasharon Nationals 1, a team that hasn't lost a game the entire year. The Modiin Blue Miracles aren't giving up without a fight - they have 14 wins from 16 games played, and are looking to come back strong. 

In the Juveniles leagues, the Sharon Region's Tel Aviv Comrades and Ra'anana Raiders 2 will play for the Jackson cup on Friday at the Baptist Village. In the Shfela, the Yad Binyamin Wolves have had a great season, winning 10 of their 11 games, with the Bet Shemesh Blue Sox hot on their heels with nine wins, one tie and two losses. The winner of the two regions will play for the ultimate national juveniles title in late June.

All playoffs start this week. Come and support your team. For details of the games and their venues, please see the schedule on our website under the "Leagues" tab on the home page.

 

Join us for an exciting baseball summer camp this year. It will be like never before!

There will be four weeks of camp, and all sessions will take place at Kibbutz Gezer. ‎

Week 1: July 1-4‎, 8:30-13:30
Week 2: July 7-11‎, 8:30-13:30

Week 3: August 4-8‎‎, 8:30-13:30
Week 4: August 11-15‎, 8:30-13:30‎

Please note that the first day of Camp is Monday July 1.

The camps are open to players from minors through juniors (ages 8-16)‎. Players can join for all or any of the weeks. Players will have pool time every day.
The staff will include top ‎coaches from our ‎organization.‎
This is an excellent way for ‎players to increase their skill levels and have a lot of fun in the process. Bring your friends along, as the camps are a great opportunity for new players to ‎gain baseball knowledge before starting to play for the first time.‎
There is an early bird discount for registration and payment before June 1, 2019, so register now! Prices will be updated on June 1.
Sibling discount - 10% for each additional child. For discounted payments, please contact Justin Peedin directly - justin@baseball.org.il
Online registration is now open on our website - click here.
Transportation: For some areas, transport will be arranged. Please contact your Regional Director for details.
For more information, email Justin Peedin - justin@baseball.org.il

As head coach of the Israel Senior National Team, in the run-up to the qualifying tournaments for the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, Eric Holtz has a lot of work ahead of him getting the team ready for one of the greatest challenges any Israeli baseball team has faced. He’s not daunted. The White Plains, New York native takes it in his stride. He’s currently on a visit to Israel where he is coaching the National Team.

Eric led the Senior National Team to a second-place finish in the 2017 B Pool of the European Championships in Serbia. Now, with the addition of 14 new olim from the US, and a higher level of local baseball in Israel, he’s looking to move the team further ahead with a win in the B-Pool in July, and a high placing in the A-Pool in September, which will earn Team Israel a spot in the Olympic Qualifiers.

He’s clear on how Team Israel will make it to the Olympic Games. “I don't want to sound cliché, but our pitchers need to dominate on the mound, we have to defend the ball, and score runs in bunches,” he notes. “The game doesn't change ever, only the level of play in the speed of the game that changes.”

His deep connection to Israel goes back many years. He was bar mitzvahed in 1978 at the Western Wall. He played in the now defunct Israel Baseball League (IBL) in 2007 as a 41-year-old rookie player/coach. Six years later, he was back as the coach of the 2013 Team USA Maccabiah baseball team. His current position as head coach of the Senior National Team has created an even deeper bond with Israel Baseball, one he juggles with his full-time job as owner and operator of the Game on 13 baseball academy in New York. “It gives me an incredible sense of pride to be involved with both the board of the Israel Association of Baseball and the fine young men that I have the opportunity to work with as well as coach,” he enthuses. “I am thrilled to keep roots in Israel through baseball and help build the sport that I love so very much, and I am very optimistic.”

On arriving in Israel, Eric was ready to get to work. “I look forward to being able to work with some of the up-and-coming, aspiring baseball players during my time in Israel,” he says. His focus will not only be on the Senior National Team while he’s in Israel. “In addition to seeing, scouting and evaluating the players for the Senior National Team and I am also truly looking forward to working with the younger teams to see what the future holds for the 12, 14, 16, and 18 and under national teams as well.”

He has already proven himself to be an inspirational coach and mentor to scores of Israeli baseball players. His sage advice to them: “Work hard to challenge yourself every day. If things are coming too easily, then you have to make your workouts harder play against better competition and figure out what you can do to get better every day. This is not only about aspiring baseball players, but this is about life and my approach and outlook on life. If you aren’t getting better, then your competition is. I've got a wake up every day and figure out what I can do to get myself better which in turn helps my team get better. Don't rest, figure out how to push yourself one aspect of your life every day. Get bigger, stronger, faster. Spend time in the gym. Ask questions of your coaches, go onto YouTube and see what else you can be doing to get better.”

Once the Olympic effort is over, Eric will continue being a valuable member of the Israel Baseball family. “I am incredibly excited that the IAB has already requested that I stay on and try and help develop the game way after the Olympics is over,” he notes. “I'm looking forward to an incredibly bright future.”

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