Almost Time For Summer Softball Playoffs

The Jewish News
Steve Stein

Steve Stein

The Inter-Congregational Men’s Club Summer Softball League season is heading into the home stretch.

The 18-game regular season is wrapping up with playoffs taking place in August.

A league record 18 teams — one more than last year’s previous record of 17 teams — are competing this season, mostly at Drake Sports Park in West Bloomfield, and in divisions for the first time.

The divisions are based on last year’s records with the goal of providing more competitive games.

The new combined Kol Ami-B’nai Israel team — B’nai Israel rents space at Kol Ami — isn’t having a great season in the standings, but camaraderie is just as important as competition in the league.

“We continue to dominate … last place,” said Chuck Freedman from Kol Ami. “But we’re having a good time.”

Steve Achtman and Michael Betman are running the league, as they’ve done for several years. Freedman has stepped down from the role, but is continuing to take photos for the league’s website (mensclubsoftball.org) and for publication.

Temple Israel No. 2 is the defending league champion. It defeated B’nai Moshe in last year’s playoff title game. Shir Shalom No. 1 finished in third place last year, defeating Temple Israel No. 1 in the playoff consolation game.

It’s An Ace
Shooting your first hole-in-one is always exciting and it certainly was for Birmingham resident Pam Dangovian.

Her ace came July 26 on the par-3 sixth hole at Springdale Golf Course in Birmingham.

Teeing off from the women’s tee 87 yards away from the hole, she lofted a 7-wood that landed slightly behind the green on a hill. The ball took two bounces onto the green and rolled into the cup.

Her two playing partners witnessed the hole in one.

Dangovian, 57, has been playing golf for 12 years.

Vinsky Is The First
Northwood University freshman rightfielder David Vinsky made history last month when he was named to the Jewish Sports Review College Baseball All-America team.

Vinsky is the first player in Northwood baseball history to earn that honor from Jewish Sports Review, a bi-monthly magazine that covers Jewish athletes in high school, college, professional and international sports.

A 6-foot, 200-pound Farmington Hills Harrison High School graduate, Vinsky set Northwood single-season records for hits (109), extra-base hits (35), doubles (27), total bases (156) and runs scored (62) during the 2017 season.

He led NCAA Division II in hits and doubles, batted .449, and was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year award. He was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.

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Latest Standings:
Greenberg Division — Temple Israel No. 6 15-1, Temple Israel No. 5 14-2-1, Temple Israel No. 2 12-4, Temple Israel No. 1 8-8, Temple Shir Shalom No. 1 8-8, Adat Shalom Synagogue No. 2 2-14-1.

Koufax Division — Congregation B’nai Moshe 12-4, Congregation Shir Tikvah 10-5-1, Temple Israel No. 3 10-6, Temple Beth El 8-7-1, Congregation Beth Ahm 5-11, Young Israel of Southfield 4-12.

Rosen Division — Congregation Shaarey Zedek 10-6, Temple Israel No. 4 10-7, Shir Shalom No. 2 8-9, Bais Chabad Torah Center 6-11, Adat Shalom No. 1 3-14, Temple Kol Ami/B’nai Israel Synagogue 0-16.

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