Ma’ayanot’s softball team is off to a strong start with four consecutive wins. With only four regular season games to go, they are beginning to dream of an undefeated season.
The Rapids beat Kushner 6 - 1 in the first game of the season. Sophomore Alex Fuchs attributed this win to a strong defensive outing, including a perfectly executed double play to end the game.
Excellent hitting in their second game resulted in a 13 - 9 victory against Frisch. The Rapids took an early lead with a two run homer by Alex Fuchs in the first, and freshman Elisheva Katz worked to protect that lead by making a diving stop and throwing to first for a crucial out.
Power hitting, combined with a strong pitching performance by freshman Sydnee Anderson, helped lead the Rapids to an 8 - 2 win against Heschel. High scorers of the game included sophomore Nicole Rothenberg, who went 5 for 7 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored; Alex Fuchs, who went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI’s and 3 runs scored; and sophomore Sarah Hiller, who went 3 for 6 with 2 singles, one double and one run scored.
Finally, six shut-out innings pitched by Sarah Hiller propelled the Rapids to their most recent 5 - 4 victory over Bruriah. Hiller’s lights-out pitching was backed up with excellent hitting ; high scorers included Rothenberg, who went 3 for 3 with 1 RBI, senior Eliana Applebaum, who went 2 for 3, freshman Elisheva Katz, who went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI, and freshman Talia Kupferman, who went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s.
When asked for the secret of their success, Fuchs commented that “our team has great relationships --we are all friends, on and off the field, and that definitely helps with our attitude during the game, which helps us win.”