Israel’s senior national baseball team turned in a five-star performance in Slovenia as they won gold at a European Championships.
Taking part in the C-Pool in Ljubljana, the side emphatically beat the hosts 14-0 to in the final, to not only secure the team Israel gold, but also a place in the B Pool of the CEB (Confederation of European Baseball) for the first time in their history.
The Israelis reached the final by claiming a 13-1 win over Finland, triumphed 9-0 over Latvia, and produced an 8-3 victory over Romania in the semi-finals.
Peter Kurz, the Team Israel Manager and President of the IAB, said: “The team played phenomenally. This is a historic moment for Israel baseball, as we now advance further into the European baseball leagues than ever before with five unequivocal victories. The team’s dominant performance at the tournament proves that Israel baseball is firmly on the international map.”
All members of the team had the initials “SM” on their caps, in memory of Shon Mondshine, an ex-Israel baseball player who was killed while serving in Gaza.