TBE Fall Softball is Back!
Come experience TBE softball at the annual Fall pick-up games. Whether you are already a member of one of the TBE softball teams, want to join a team, or just want to dust off your glove and re-live your youth, this is a great way to join this wonderful part of our community. Games are played at Schofield School (next to TBE) every Sunday morning in September at 9:30 am. Contact Jeff Turk
to register or for more information.
Congratulations to our TBE Softball teams on another outstanding season! This year, TBE fielded an unprecedented 5 teams in the Men’s Shul Softball Team (“MSSL”). Four of our teams qualified for the playoffs with TBE 3 and TBE 4 successfully making it to the semi-finals. TBE 1 won the league championship for the third consecutive season, insuring that the coveted “Kiddish Cup” trophy would remain at Beth Elohim. Mazel Tov to all the players for another great season. The true success of our softball teams, however, is not measured only by their prowess on the softball field but also by the connections the player forge with fellow TBE members. These teams exemplify the strong bonds for which our community is known. In 2004, Temple Beth Elohim fielded its first team in the
Mens Shul Softball League (MSSL). The goal in forming the team was to
provide these temple members with an opportunity to forge lasting relationships
with other temple members by playing together on this semi-competitive softball
league. In its inaugural season, TBE1 went undefeated and reached the
championship game, only to lose the Kiddush Cup to Temple Young Israel. The
success on the field, however, could not compare with the success the team had
in achieving its goal of bringing these temple members together in friendship
In 2006, our temple was fortunate enough to form a second
team, TBE2. In its first year, TBE2 had a wonderful first season, reached the
playoffs, but was defeated by TBE1 in the second round. TBE1 then went on to
win its first "Kiddush Cup" in dramatic fashion defeating Young Israel in a
rematch of the 2004 title game, on a walk-off single in the bottom of the
seventh. TBE1 then went on to win its second Kiddush Cup in 2008, defeating a
strong Temple Israel-Natick team.
The success of TBE softball led to the formation of a third
team, TBE3, in 2010. In its inaugural season, TBE3 reached the MSSL
semi-finals, where it was defeated by TBE2. TBE2 then advanced to the
Kiddush Cup, losing to Temple Isaiah. The 2010 season marked the first time
that any congregation in the league had three teams advance to the post-season.
In 2011, demand for roster spots grew to an unprecedented
level such that our temple was able to form a fourth team, TBE4. After a slow
start, TBE4 ended the 2011 MSSL season on a high note, winning two of its
final three games. Meanwhile, TBE1 went undefeated during the 2011
regular season. In an "epic" postseason en route to their 3rd Kiddush
Cup, TBE 1 won all three of its post-season games in walkoff fashion (two of
them in extra innings).
The TBE softball program has now grown to include nearly 80
men from the temple community playing softball in the MSSL. Its four teams
represent the largest contingent of any congregation in the league. Since
2004, the temple has had representation in five Kiddush Cup games,
winning three Championships. Yet the success of the softball teams can best be
measured not in wins and losses or Kiddush cups won, but rather in the
friendships and community which have been created among all of these
Contact Jeff Turk
for more information.