First Annual Maryland Softball Competition 

On Sunday June 4th, the Yeshiva of Greater Washington hosted its first annual Maryland Softball Competition MDSC fundraiser, which Baruch Hashem was a huge success. All funds raised will go towards Yeshiva’s scholarship fund. The players had a great time, and the Yeshiva reached its fundraising goal.

There were a total of eight teams; five from Silver Spring and three from Baltimore, with close to a hundred players. The names of the teams were: the Worthy Insurance Bombers, Healing Partners, Ben Yehuda Pizza, Sky Plumbing, Wohl and Trail Periodontics, The Planners (sponsored by Equitable Advisors), Israel Bonds, and Silver Spring Medical Center.

The day began at Reisterstown Regional Park, where a catered breakfast from Goldberg’s Bagels was provided to the players and their families. The first pitch was thrown at 9:15 am. 

After three exciting rounds of games, the players headed off to Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. The teams that did not make the semi-finals had a chance to play consolation games from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. From 3:00 – 4:00 pm, eight players competed in the Graber and Associates Home Run Derby. Dovid Flamm won the contest with a total of 21 home runs.

From 4:00 – 6:00 pm the semifinals were played; Worthy Insurance Bombers defeated Silver Spring Medical and Israel Bonds defeated Sky Plumbing. The championship game was played from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. After an intense game, Worthy Insurance Bombers – headed by Captain Shuli Hochman, Coach Joe Openden, and Coach Rabbi Dave Finkelstein – defeated Israel Bonds and became the first champions of the Maryland Softball Competition.

Throughout the day, players and their families were treated to a Texas style BBQ from the Wandering Que. Ari White and his crew did a great job and the food was delicious. The players’ families also got to enjoy moon bounces, face painting and balloon twisting at the Kids Zone at Ripkens Stadium.

Rabbi Abba Florans and Mr. Shmuel Gabbai did a great job MCing the championship game. They provided a lot of family fun interactive competitions throughout the game, such as father-son wheelbarrow races, Zorb ball competition, Billy Ball video, tug of war, t-shirt toss, and trivia questions. 

Thank you to Dovi Ziffer and Jeremy Lasson, our tournament commissioners, and of course a special thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the event a true success. 

Thank you to all our sponsors: Worthy Insurance, Healing Partners, Ben Yehuda Pizza, Sky Plumbing, Wohl and Trail Periodontics, Equitable Advisors, Israel Bonds, Silver Spring Medical Center, Graber and Associates, Health Markets Medicare Solutions, East Insurance Group, Knish Shop, Siena’s Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant, AMF Creative, the Baltimore Jewish Home, Montgomery Sports Medicine Center, PMF Capital and Fired up Promotions.

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