A great achievement for the Israeli baseball team, which for the first time in its history qualified for the finals of the first tier European Baseball Championship. The team defeated the host of the tournament Italy 5:11, and will face the almost eternal champion of the Netherlands in the final on Sunday at 22:30 Israel time. Israel defeated the Netherlands 1: 8 in the pre.Olympic tournament. The Dutch barely beat Spain 8: 9, having already led 3: 9 in the eighth inning.
The Italians started better and led 1: 3 in the first inning, but a good second and third inning of the Israeli attack made the result 4: 7. Veteran Shlomo Liptz, who was a bit shaky at first and absorbed the four runs in the first two innings, reset and closed out the next four with no mandatory runs and overall finished the game with six innings and a win. Mitch Glaser was the offensive star of the game, scoring two hits, both for doubles, and bringing home four runners.
And now – the eyes are on the final. The Netherlands won the factory 23 times, and nine more times won second place. It will not be easy.