Saturday, December 14, 2019

All season, the Mta Lions baseball team, led by coach Shmuli Goldis, had one mantra “today and today only.” After their game against Frisch was rescheduled three times, the Lions came out ready to win as it would make a difference in their season. Winning this game would also be important for Frisch as it would secure the number 1 seed in the playoffs for them. But the Lions were playing for more, for the opportunity to reach the playoffs and continue their run for a much wanted championship. Senior Daniel Landa was incredible on the mound as he struck out 10 batters, all while throwing a seven inning complete game with freshman catcher Ori Engel behind the plate. The mantra “today and today only” really helped out the Lions’ mindset as their offense was completely engaged and ready to hit. Shortstop senior Akiva Richman was seemingly unstoppable as he went 3-4 with four stolen bases and an RBI. In the second inning, first baseman sophomore Azi Goldberg hit a single through the gap and then stole second base. The next batter, center fielder senior Coby Sorotzkin, then drove him in on an RBI double to deep right center field. In the next inning, Daniel Landa hit an absolute laser to the left field fence, driving in Akiva Richman from third on a long RBI single. In the top of the seventh with MTA leading 2-1, Richman added an insurance run to their lead sending second baseman senior Efraim Landa home on an infield single making the score 3-1. After a few hits and a run in the bottom of the seventh, things were looking a little shaky for the Lions. Then, after a clutch strikeout and a pop up, captain Daniel Landa sealed the game for the Lions. With their 3-2 win, the Lions look forward to their playoff matchup with the Ramaz Rams.

By Donny Book (‘22)



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