Israel is currently competing in its first World Baseball Classic, and the Jewish state's team is a heavy underdog. But, as The Times of Israel reports, the Israeli nine are on a roll, off to a 2-0 start and all but certain to have a spot in the second round of the tournament:
Israel’s national baseball team clobbered Taiwan 15-7 Tuesday, racing off to a 2-0 start in the country’s first-ever appearance in the World Baseball Classic.
Powered by strong hitting and capped by a three-run homer by Nate Freiman in the top of the ninth inning, the Israeli team continued its fairy-tale start to the international tourney, all but clinching a spot in the next round, after beating Korea in the opener 2-1 Monday.
Israel next faces The Netherlands, considered a weaker team than both South Korea and Taiwan, but still ranked way ahead of Israel, which is seen as a heavy underdog.
The top two teams from each group in the 16-team tournament will advance to the second round in Japan next week.