On Sunday May 3, 2015, JCC Rockland participated in the Junior Maccabi Games, held at the Kaiserman JCC in Philadelphia. Over 500 youth competed in baseball, basketball, soccer and tennis tournaments. We had over 40 local athletes attend the games.
The Boys Baseball team won the Gold Medal in stunning fashion. The team went undefeated for the day, outscoring their opponents by a score of 30 to 8, and striking out 27 batters over 18 innings of play. In addition, the team slugged 8 home runs from 6 different players, including 3 by Spencer Smith. Homers were also slugged by Jackson Campbell, Cary Karcher, Will King, Jordan Jacobs, and Corey Savedoff. Several boys pitched in the tournament, but twin brothers Matt and Corey Savedoff, along with Jackson Campbell were standout stars who won 3 of the 4 games in route to the gold. They defeated the host JCC in the final by a score of 9-2.
Rockland sent a large team of 14 players, 8 of which play in New City Little League. The balance of the team consisted of players from West Nyack, Congers and Suffern Little Leagues. Rockland was the only team in the tournament to carry and bat all 14 in every game, yet was still able to achieve a team batting average of .575 for the day. Rockland successfully defended their gold medal that they won in 2014, at the Jr. Maccabi Games in Baltimore.
The team was coached by Brian Smith, Bob Karcher and Rich Hausner. Manager Smith commented, “It was great to win in 2014, but to be able to come back and do it again with such a large team is even sweeter. Not only did the boys play well together, but they exhibited a level of class and sportsmanship on the field that gained them the respect and admiration of all the teams who attended.”