The IAB Juniors division completed the fall portion of the 2013-2014 with 4 teams separated by 1.5 games for the division lead.
The Jerusalem Lions raced out to a perfect 4-0, beating Efrat twice, the Beit Shemesh Blue Sox and the Modiin Miracles, posting a resounding run differential of 56-8. The Lions play has been characterized by solid defense, good base running, and outstanding pitching.
Last year's regular season champs, the Beit Shemesh Comets, have won 20 consecutive regular season games, also holding a 4-0 record. Shlomo Lipman won 3 times on the mound, posting 42 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. The Comets have struck out their opponents in 3 of their 4 games, with an offense led by Lipman, Elyashiv Segal, Hanan Sibony and Yakir Becker.
Trailing the Lions and Comets by one game with a 3-1 record are the Modiin-Gezer Miracles. The team's infield has performed almost flawlessly, providing solid support for pitchers Ori Wachspress and Boaz Milgram. Yoav Halper and Aviel Brief have shared the catching duties and fueled the offense. Only a half a game behind the Miracles stand three-time defending champs the Tel Aviv Comrades, with a record of 2-1-1. The Comrades have juggled a lineup consisting of seasoned players (including 4 from last summer's Macabbiah team) and newcomers, as they gear up for the spring season.
The Juniors' 16-game season resumes in late February and promises to be very exciting.