WHSL Championship: This Sunday at WCC
Written by: Scott D. Simon
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
In a rematch of the 2010 WHSL Championship, Greenburgh Hebrew Center and Westchester Jewish Center will square off in a best-of-three final, beginning with a doubleheader this Sunday, October 14 at the Westchester Community College softball field. These teams have been here before. Indeed, going back to 2009, WJC and Greenburgh have earned six of the eight possible spots in the Championship game.
Greenburgh won the 2010 Championship by a 5-3 score over WJC. In that game, WJC held leads of 1-0 and 3-2, and probably should have led by much more: WJC scored just one run in a bases-loaded, no-outs first inning and no runs in the eighth, when they had runners on second and third with no outs. Timely hitting by Evan Eisen, Stephen Feldschuh and Robert Klaus allowed Greenburgh to come back -- twice -- and win.
This season, Greenburgh beat WJC in a tight affair, pushing across a lone run on a Gary Nadel 10th-inning single to win 1-0. Greenburgh has relied on Adam Eis's strong postseason pitching to reach the 2012 finals, edging Chappaqua by a 4-3 score in 16 innings, then squeaking by Larchmont, 5-2.
WJC brings two heralded hurlers of its own to the finals: Jon Nissenblatt and Joel Simon. Greenburgh may be undefeated in 2012, but Jon is the last pitcher to beat them, winning 5-1 in the 2011 quarterfinals. Joel pitched the last two playoff games for WJC while Jon's been out of the country, holding the powerful New Rochelle and KTI offenses to 3 and 1 runs, respectively.
WJC has also displayed a powerful offense in these playoffs, scoring 10 off a KTI squad that held B'nai B'rith to 2 runs. Isaac Hattem, Brian Lazere, Alex Weisberger, and Jordie Zelin form perhaps the best under-30 slugging core in the WHSL.
Greenburgh reached the finals by defeating two first-ballot WHSL Hall of Fame pitchers in Lenny Meshberg and Eddie Kaplan. A second Greenburgh title in three years would establish a mini-dynasty. Yet WJC's made the championship game each of the last three years and, with its strongest roster ever, is poised to win its first-ever WHSL championship.
Come out and watch the best in WHSL softball, this Sunday at WCC!
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