Synagogue softball teams battle for championship

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As the local Synagogue Softball League’s season ends on Sunday, a team from Washington Hebrew Congregation will take the field against a team from B’nai Shalom of Olney. The first pitch will be at 9:15 a.m. at East Norbeck Local Park. 

Both teams, of the 12-team league, were undefeated before they played each other on June 27. In that game, Washington Hebrew 1 swept B’nai Shalom of Olney Blue 11-4, said Larry Parizer, co-commissioner of Synagogue Softball League. 


On Sunday, if Washington Hebrew 1 wins, they take the championship. If B’nai Shalom of Olney Blue wins, the two teams will play a rematch game that day. 

The season began in April with teams from Reform, Orthodox and Conservative synagogues in Montgomery and Howard counties. The teams played 54 games over nine weeks. 

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Four teams made it to the playoffs on July 11: Beth Ami Red/B’nai Tzedek, Temple Isaiah, B’nai Shalom of Olney Blue and B’nai Shalom of Olney Purple/Norbeck.  

B’nai Shalom of Olney Blue won the playoffs by defeating Beth Ami Red/B’nai Tzedek 8-7. 


Washington Hebrew 1 has won the championship five times and the playoffs six times since 2011, more than any other team, according to Synagogue Softball Maryland. 

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