The Beit Rayim Brotherhood's Softball team
Beit Rayim split a doubleheader last Sunday, losing the opener to Temple Har Zion, but defeating Neshamah in the day's second game. The first game against Har Zion was close for eight innings, but their home run
prowess proved to be the difference as they smashed one after another over the relatively short left field fence at Goulding Park, many in the game's final inning. In the second game, Beit Rayim put together some timely hitting and solid defence to get back into the win column for the first time since opening day.
This weekend marked the final at bat of longtime captain and inspirational leader Bill Shore, who will be moving to Florida. Bill's leadership extended to the Inter Synagogue Baseball League administration where he was well known for his efforts behind the scenes to keep the league running seamlessly. He was inducted into the ISBL Hall of Fame in 2013. His management of Beit Rayim's team was characterized by his humility, dependability and even-keeled nature. The team gathered together earlier this month at a social event to thank Bill and wish him well with his move.
Yasher Koach Bill, for all the work you did to make the experience for others so much fun. Yasher Koach as well to current co-captains David Fruitman and Liam Hanratty, who are working hard to fill Bill's shoes.
The Beit Rayim softball team lost a very close game to Temple Kol Ami this past week. The team had a 2 run lead heading into the 9th inning, but Kol Amiwas able to score 6 runs in the top of the 9th, which we were unfortunately not able to answer. On the plus side, Isaac Schneider had a terrific day both at the plate and in the field, and we did get to see Paul Koven make his return from an injury, and Alan Kaplan come out for the first time this year (try and get out more this year Alan).
Our next game is on Sunday, July 10th, 9:30 a.m. versus Beth Tikvah at Goulding South field. The park is located at 45 Goulding Avenue, south of Steeles, between Bathurst and Yonge (close to Hilda).
On a beautiful summer morning, the Beit Rayim team played a very competitive game with Beth Shalom. The score did not end up in our favour (we lost 18 - 16), but the team was solid offensively, highlighted by an inside-the-park home run by Lorne Marr.
Our next game is Sunday (June 26) at Harding Park (at the end of Cedar Drive, which runs south off Major Mackenzie between Yonge and Bayview) at 9:30 a.m. versus Temple Kol Ami - always a tough game, but an enjoyable team to play.
Spectators are always welcome!
THANK YOU BILL SHORE!!
Beit Rayim Brotherhood softball team wishes Bill Shore, our long-time captain, organizer, and sometimes nanny, all the best in the next chapter of his life. Bill has been the driving force behind the Beit Rayim team for many years, but has recently decided to relocate to the traditional Land of our People (Florida) and has come to the conclusion that commuting to the games may not be feasible.
Bill will be very much missed by all of us who had the opportunity to play with him and enjoy his company over the years. As Bill cannot be replaced by just one person, this year the team is being captained by David Fruitman and Liam Hanratty. The team is 3 games in (with one rain/snow out) to another season in the Inter-Synagogue Baseball League. So far our results have been mixed - we've won one game, and lost two, but we are hopeful that as the summer begins, and we get our baseball muscles loosened up that the record will improve.
This year, we have been delighted to welcome Houston Rose to play with us - Houston has recently hit the minimum age requirement to play on the team, and has been seeing a lot of playing time beside his father (our long-time shortstop) Paul. In addition to his athletic talents, Houston has also lowered the average age of the team significantly. This week, we are playing the team from Beth Shalom at the Bayview Resevoir field, located at Bayview and Sycamore Drive (just south of Highway 7). Game time is 9:30 a.m. Spectators are always welcome!
Let’s Play Ball !!!
Did you know the Brotherhood participates in the Sunday Shul baseball league? Are you age 18 or over? Have you ever played on a softball team? Are you interested in giving it a try?
Why not come out and see for yourself? Who knows, there may even be a Blue Jays scout in attendance! Please check out the Inter-Synagogue Baseball League website (www.isbl.ca) for general league information or contact our team captains, Liam Hanratty or David Fruitman, through the shul office, for more details.
Games are Sunday mornings from May through September except for long weekends and Jewish holidays. The league is comprised of teams from 11 GTA synagogues.
Spectators are always welcome