At high noon on the first day of the Men’s Softball European Championship Israel and Sweden faced off for their first competitions of the tournament. At the end of their encounter only Israel remained standing.
In three quick innings Israel racked up 19 runs against Sweden with no signs of the carnage stopping. They added 2 runs in the 1st, doubled that in the 2nd and more than tripled that number in the in the 3rd. Imagine if they’d been allowed to keep going.
Amazing as it may seem, only a single homerun was recorded in the game. Ryan Willen had 5 RBIs, 3 from that homer, off 3 hits and crossed the plate 2 additional times himself. Just ahead of him in the order but not far behind him in stats was DP Bar-Arie Shrim who had 2 hits, 3 runs and 4 RBIs.
Israel’s offense, dominate though it may have been, could not take full credit for their success. Sweden’s defense was definitely helping them along. Though none of their 3 errors, resulted in an unearned run crossing the plate, many of their mistakes, as well as the pen’s 10 walks and 2 HBPs, advanced the base running.
In the circle for Israel was Kfir Leon, who took care of 7 himself, threw just 49 pitches, 26 down the heart of the plate.