It was a beautiful 75 degree day on Friday, June 15th for the all-important afternoon game. The Hillel Heat West Division Champs came into the game at 9-1 hosting the East Division Darchei Bulldogs, also at 9-1.
Darchei came out swinging in the first inning with bases loaded and one out, Micheal Ancona, like he did all year,stepped up to the challenge and got Hillel out of the jam to keep Darchei off the scoreboard . Darchei pitcher, sophomore Michael Olshon, was throwing heat which silenced Hillel’s hitting through 7 innings.
After some great Hillel defense plays by Abraham Serouya and Noah Maze, the stage was set in the bottom of the 8th. With one out, Hillel had runners on 1st and 2nd after a David “BUCA” Cohen single in the bottom of the 8th. Up to the batter’s box stepped Marty Antebi who launched a 1-1 pitch deep to left field just out of the reach of a diving valiant attempt by the Bulldogs,Shai Feintuch. Racing home with the winning run was David “DC” Cohen and the Hillel faithfuls mobbed Fireman's Field in celebration.
Hillel Heat were led by MVP Pitcher Michael Ancona who achieved a feat that had never been done before in league history. He delivered 3 consecutive shutouts in the playoffs. Michael was brilliant and pitches a 5 hitter over Darchei enroute to a 1-0 Hillel championship victory. Hillel has Won back to back titles and 3 of the last 4 Varsity Softball Championships.
Both Darchei and Hillel represented the league with good sportsmanship and integrity and it was truly a great game that warrants being remembered as a “classic championship game.”