Team Atlanta wins big at this year's Maccabi Games in Austin, Tex. PHOTO / Courtesy MJCCA

Team Atlanta wins big at this year’s Maccabi Games in Austin, Tex. PHOTO / Courtesy MJCCA

SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //

Congratulations to Coach Mark Rudel and his team, who beat out Team Houston to win the Gold Medal in baseball at the 2013 Jewish Community Center’s Maccabi Games in Austin, Tex.

The Atlanta 16 and Under JCC Baseball team defeated eight other teams from across America to reach the final round.

The JCC Maccabi Games is the largest sporting event for Jewish teens in the world, this year drawing from 28 cities and four countries.

Events include swimming, baseball, golf, basketball, volleyball and table tennis. Two to three U.S. and Israeli cities host the games each year, thereby accommodating over 1,000 players, ages 12 to 16. This is the second time Austin has hosted the games.