Israel Baseball: European Championships to Commence in Petah Tikva Monday

Teams from Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine will arrive in Israel in late July to get ready to take on Israel’s Under 21 National Team in this official Confederation of European Baseball tournament.

Israel’s U-21 baseball squad.
Margo Sugarman

The European Under 21 Baseball Championship will take place from August 1-4 at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikva, the Israel Baseball Association has announced.

This is an official Confederation of European Baseball championship. The top under 21 players from Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine are travelling to Israel to take on Team Israel. Most of the members of Team Israel are part of the Israel Baseball Academy, and are the elite players in the country.

There will be two games a day over the four-day period at 3:00 P.M. and at 7:00 P.M. daily. The championship game will be played next Thursday evening.

This is the first time that Israel is hosting an international baseball tournament since the 2011 B-Pool of the European Baseball Championships was played at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikva.

“We are very excited to be hosting this tournament this year,” says Peter Kurz, President of the Israel Association of Baseball and also Vice President of CEB. “This is an excellent opportunity for Israelis to come out and see baseball being played on a very high level. We also look forward to being able to give these teams some warm Israeli hospitality.”

“We have been working very hard over the past few months to ensure that we will compete at the highest level,” says National Team Head Coach Nate Fish. “Our main challenge is that many of our excellent players in this age group are currently serving in the army, so on average, we will be the youngest team competing. But I am confident that we will be fielding a strong and highly competitive team of motivated players.”

Entrance to the tournament is free, the IAB added.