Israel's youth national baseball teams have wrapped up their preparations for the Pony League tournament in Prague. For the first time, Israel will send two teams, an under-16 squad and an under-14 squad. Both teams are scheduled to fly on Tuesday evening.
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In the final stage of their six-month training program, the under-16 team, coached by Amit Kurz, played all four of Israel's Premiere League teams, finishing with a respectable 2-2 record.
"I am confident we will field a competitive team," Kurz told Haaretz on Thursday. "Pony is a great tournament both in terms of level of play and the overall experience. We also need to remember that the core of this team will continue to represent us in the Maccabiah games in the summer, and hopefully in many years to come."
The younger team is comprised mainly of players from the north.
"This is a relatively new baseball program," said Josh Weiss, who is coaching the under-14s. "While we have a lot to work on, it is clear that the passion for baseball is there, and as this program grows, so will the level of play."