Community Magazine September 2021

50 COMMUNITY MAGAZINE The 2021 MSB World Series began with an exhilarating start. Both Game One and Game Two were won via a walk-off (game-winning hits in the last half inning of each game). The first place Ball Busters and theWildCardwinning Rubble On The Double were now set toplay a decisiveGame Three. With emotions running at an all-time high and so much on the line, this World Series was sure to end with an epic finale, and boy did it live up to the billing. The Game Heats Up In the top half of the third inning, captain David“DT”Tawildroveinthegame’sfirstrun followedby another RBI byperennial winner Steven J. Gindi to propel Rubble On The Double to an early 2-0 lead. The inning was short-circuited as the CY Young winning rookie Ray Sakkal buckled down and struck out the next batter, followed by a ground out off the bat of the dangerous Natan Safdieh to hold it at 2. In the bottom of the fourth inning , rising star Alan Jemal sparked the Ball Busters offense and blasted a two-run HR that painted the left field line to tie it at 2. Captain Yanky Itzkowitz followed that up with a double and Hank Dweck drove him in with a bloop to right field to give the BB a 3-2 lead. Rubble On The Double answered right back in the top of the 5 th as rookie Elliot Setton cleared the bases with a 3-run triple followed by an RBI by fellow rookie Edmund Beyda and a deep sac fly off the bat of Natan Safdieh where Beyda tagged up from second base to put R.O.T.D. up 7-3. Game Tied – But Not for Long In this roller coaster game, no lead was safe, and the first place Ball Busters began to chip away. As the game headed to the bottom of the 5 th , Itzkowitz ripped an RBI to cut the deficit to 3. The following inning the Ball Busters came all the way back as Mordy Grazi hit an RBI double, Abe Dweck drove in a run with a ground out, capped off by a blast in the left field gap by Yaakov Buff to tie it at 7! The Ball Busters had a chance to walk it off in the bottom of the 7 th with slugger Hank Dweck at the plate, but Edmund Beyda induced a ground ball followed by a long fly out with the bases loaded to send the game to extra innings. Rubble On The Double wasted no time and loaded the bases, but failed to drive in a run as catcher extraordinaire put on a defensive MSB Season Ends with Epic Finale SAM SUTTON The 2021 MSB Champions (L-R) Sam Sutton and Max Sutton with the pre-game analysis.