BH Marlins Beat Malibu, 15-13
The Beverly Hills Little League Softball Minors Division champs Marlins won their first game in the single-elimination TOC this past weekend at La Cienega Park, beating the Malibu Little League champion Cubs 15-13.
The Marlins struck first with four runs in the top of the first inning, which started off with a lead off walk to Ally Weisfeld, who stole two bases before scoring on the first of four consecutive hits.
Malibu came back with three runs in the bottom of the first to make the score 4-3. Beverly Hills scored three times in the next inning led by the hitting of Nicole Feder. Pitcher Avia Cohen limited Malibu to two runs in the bottom of the second inning to maintain the lead 8-5. The scored was tied 9-9 after three innings, when Beverly Hills brought in their ace pitcher Isabelle Bauman, who shut down the Cubs in the fourth inning.
In the fifth inning, both B.H. and Malibu were held scoreless, led by the pitching effort by Izzy Bauman and the defensive play of catcher Jessica Caren, who saved at least three runs from scoring with her heads up play behind the plate.
The Beverly Hills infield of Weisfeld, Feder and Caitlin Safran played an errorless game to hold Malibu in check throughout the game.
The score was tied going into the last inning, when the BHLL Marlins scored six runs to break a 9-9 tie and take the lead 15-9. The inning was highlighted by a two-out hit by Abby Hakimi.
Malibu scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 15-13 and had runners on second and third with one out, when the Marlins pitcher, Izzy Bauman, struck out the final two Malibu batters to seal the victory.
The next game is against the West Los Angeles Force.
Meanwhile, more than 700 kids played in the 56th Season of the Beverly Hills Little League this season. A mid-season celebration and ceremony was rescheduled, from an early season rainout, at La Cienega Park.
More than 500 players and their families attended the festivities, which included having the the Beverly Hills Fire Department serving hot dogs, the annual “Parade of Champions” and a guest appearance from former major league baseball player and World Series champion Jay Johnstone.
The BHLL 2007 Senior All-Stars District 25 and Sectional team champions were honored as well. Players Melissa Kolko and Andreas Breliant were this year’s recipients of the “Hy Bronn Award,” which is given annually to a player who best exemplifies baseball’s and softball’s Spirit of Sportsmanship. The award is named after Hy Bronn, who served our community for over 30 years as coach, manager, and member of the Board of Directors.
Manager Rick Wolfen was given the “Al Silvera Volunteer of the Year Award,” which is given annually to a coach or volunteer that best exemplifies team work, dedication and support to the children of our community.