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Thursday, November 27, 2014
LWA continues baseball success
Ron Manfredi/Herald
Freshman Jake Ellowitz provides steady defense at shortstop and helps set the table on offense for the Tigers in the No. 2 spot.

Lawrence Woodmere Academy is enjoying another successful campaign on the baseball diamond and could be destined to continue a rivalry with Brooklyn Friends in this week’s playoffs.

Behind a strong 1-2 punch on the mound and an aggressive top of the lineup, the Tigers won seven of their first eight games against PSAA foes and had a chance at the No. 1 playoff seed. “The kids have worked really hard up to this point, so I don’t want them to lose focus,” coach Mike Cohn said. “If we win our last two regular-season games, we’re the No. 1 seed. While that would be great, I had to remind the kids the No. 1 seed has won the championship only once in the last four years.”

LWA’s last title came in 2010 when it defeated Brooklyn Friends. The result flipped the following year, and last spring the Tigers fell in the semis to Brooklyn Friends. And, the lone blemish on this year’s record? Well, you get the picture. “I think the top four teams in our league are evenly matched,” Cohn said. “We could see Brooklyn Friends in the finals or the semis, or maybe not at all.”

With a roster consisting of five seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and six freshmen, Cohn said the Tigers are getting contributions from every grade level. “It’s really nice,” Cohn said. 

Freshman shortstop Jake Ellowitz, a returning starter, has flashed a tremendous glove and arm takes pride in defense, Cohn said. He’s also the No. 2 hitter and helps set the offensive table along with senior leadoff hitter Benny Schulman. Ellowitz is batting .538 — same as Schulman — and has 20 stolen bases.

Schulman, who patrols either center or right field, put in a lot of offseason work, Cohn said, and on pace to surpass a big sophomore year he had in 2011. He has 21 steals and 17 runs scored. “He makes great contact and gets out of the box really quick,” Cohn said. “He beats out infield grounders for singles.”

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