Ner Tamid Softball Team Seeks to Defy Odds

The men’s softball team of Bloomfield synagogue Temple Ner Tamid is known for its heart, but not, especially, for winning games. This year, on Mothers Day, it finally broke a 22-game losing streak that went back to 2010. Even so, victories continued to be rare.

But baseball and miracles have a way of going together, and Ner Tamid made the Livingston Temple Softball League playoffs when it won its last regular season game on July 15. And then, a week later, in the opening round of the playoffs, Ner Tamid beat the #1 seed, Temple Sinai, 14-7.

Team member Carl Bergmanson indulges in a post-game Starbucks drink — but only after a victory.

There was no play last Sunday, because of the holiday of Tisha B’Av, but the playoffs continue this Sunday morning when Ner Tamid plays Agudath Israel, which it lost to twice this season.

“The playoff victory was our first ever,” writes team skipper Warren Levinson, who is away in London covering the Olympics. “Also, I don’t remember us ever winning three games in a row.” Still, who thought they’d win the last two games?

Play gets underway at 10 a.m. at Heritage Middle School, 20 Foxcroft Drive, in Livingston. The division championship will be decided next week.

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  1. I’d demand some drug testing for Blood doping. Or maybe a ringer from triple A snuck in to the line up?

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