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Israel Qualifies for Its First World Baseball Classic

Israel national baseball team (Photo: wikicommons/ Israel Baseball - World Baseball Classic)

In Brooklyn to take on Great Britain's starting nine, the Israeli national baseball team walked off with a 9-1 triumph. And in doing so, Israel Hayom reports, Israel has qualified for its first World Baseball Classic tournament:

Israel qualified for its first World Baseball Classic with a 9-1 victory over Britain on Sunday to clinch the four-team qualifying tournament in Brooklyn. The Israeli baseball team was the final team to qualify for the event.

The 16-team international World Baseball Classic tournament took its first swing in 2006. The event was proposed to the International Baseball Federation by several professional baseball leagues, including Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. It is the main baseball tournament sanctioned by the WBSC, and grants the winner the title of world champion.

Israel narrowly missed out on reaching the Classic four years ago with their inaugural team, losing to Spain in the 10th inning of the qualifying final.

Sunday's game at MUA Park on Coney Island saw five blue-and-white pitchers, including former Major Leaguer Jason Marquis, combined on a four-hitter and Israel slammed three home runs, while the offense pushed the team to a 6-0 lead through seven innings, belting the British team.

Israel won three games over the past four days, defeating Brazil and Great Britain twice, and will now move on to play in Pool B at Seoul, beginning March 7, against host South Korea, Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands...

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