Disappointment for blue-and-whites in baseball: The Israeli team lost 9: 4 to the Netherlands in the European Championship final 2021. On paper, except for the historic participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Netherlands was the favorite.
The Orange are Europe's baseball empire with winning 23 European championships out of the 35 tournaments ever held, including the last three championships.
On the other hand, the blue-and-whites first qualified for the class.
The blue-and-whites did not open the historic final game well. The first and second innings ended with only three batsmen in each, on the other hand, the Dutch climbed to a
advantage over the
in the second inning. The third inning also ended for Israel in just three beats, but they also managed to stop the Dutch momentum. In the fourth inning, the Israelis brought the turning point. Three walks advanced them to bases, and then excellent punches led to a reversal with the completion of runs by Ty Kelly and Mitch Glazer - en route to a
In the fifth inning, the Israelis found themselves in a difficult situation of Dutch batsmen on the second and third bases, but the blue-and-whites managed to finish the inning without scoring.
The successful defensive inning, the Israelis managed to turn into an excellent offensive display in the sixth inning.
After Ben Wanger hit a "single", Assaf went up to Vangert - and with the first home run in the European Championship final, he increased the difference to
1: 4 for Israel
Tea Kelly, GettyImages
After that, an Israeli defensive error sent Charlon Sahop to the first base, but then Levangert continued with the excellent ability, caught a "pop-up" by Dwayne Kemp - and got a first disqualification.
The Israeli pitcher, Ben Wanger, continued with the excellent ability and achieved a strike-out against Dashenko Ricardo.
Wanger further erred with Hit By Pitch on Jeremy Propar - but from a situation of two runners on bases - he was able to complete another inning without Dutch runs.
In the seventh inning, Tal Erel did manage to hit, but did not reach the base.
Then, came Hit By Pitch who sent Ty Kelly to base first.
Mitch Glazer's excellent base shot further improved the situation for the blue-and-whites.
After that, Ben Wanger did manage to hit, but the Dutch defense managed to complete "double play" and finish the inning without Israeli runs.
Ben Wanger came up to throw again, and Dutchman John Polonius managed to hit a base shot.
Then, the prominent Dutch batsman Giantido Trump came up who hit his own base shot.
Therefore, at the end of Wanger's five innings came the substitution that entered the pitch for Charles Rossman.
The blue-and-white, GettyImages
Rosman began the game in the worst possible with Home-Run of Roger Brnadinh equal to
Then came a Ray-Patrick Dider base shot and even a base theft.
A bad shot advanced Dider to third base as well.
The turnaround was completed with another Dutch base hit that made it
5: 4 for the Netherlands
The blue-and-whites continued to get involved with an improperly treated Bunt, who also failed in his attempt to obtain the disqualification due to Rossman's slip.
The Israeli feature continued to harden, but thanks to a puzzling bant in a 3: 1 count, the first disqualification was achieved with a catch by Tal Erel.
Immediately afterwards Erel continued with the great ability with another disqualification.
Later, Junior Martina hit a base shot and Holland got to a point where all the bases were manned.
Finally, with great luck, Rossman managed to finish the inning without further runs.
The Israeli faculty that participated in Tokyo 2020, IP
He opened the eighth inning to Vanguard with a strike-out, after which Rob Faller came up who reached a full-count state - but was also eventually disqualified in the strike-out. The third to hit was Jordan Petrushka with whom the Netherlands completed the strike-out that closed the eighth inning. In Israel, Shlomo Liptz was featured at this time. Unlike his predecessor, he opened with a disqualification in the first batsman. Then came Hit By Pitch which sent Brandina to base first. Later came a mistake in Liptz's shot that led to Brandina advancing to third base.
At this point there was another Hit By Pitch that further complicated.
The worst happened with a "double" hit by Charlon Sachop that led to an increase in the difference to
7: 4 for the Netherlands
The Orange team continued in the purpose display and within the eighth inning already increased the difference to
9: 4 for the Netherlands
Following Lipetz's difficulties, he was replaced by another native of Israel - the young Ivri Margolin.
He managed to close the matter, and the blue-and-whites went up to the last inning knowing that the chances of staying in the game are very slim.
In the atmosphere of the "Garbage Time", the Israelis did not manage to complete more runs, and in the end -
9: 4 to the Netherlands
Players of the Israeli baseball team, IP
2021 will be remembered for a long time to come as the peak year of Israeli baseball.
First and foremost, the team qualified, for the first time in its history, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - which it finished in fifth place after ousting the Mexican baseball power.
Subsequently, the blue-and-whites reached the European Championships in Turin after the record achievement in the previous tournament - fourth place in 2019.
This year's championship did not open easily for the Israelis.
They reached the tenth inning against Russia, at the end of which they achieved the decisive run - on the way to 1: 2.
Then came two impressive displays - 0:10 against France and 4:11 which sent them to the quarter-finals from first place at the end of the home leg.
In the quarterfinals, the blue-and-whites defeated the Czech Republic 2: 3 and in the semifinals they defeated Italy 5:11.
This is a particularly impressive victory considering that afterwards - the tournament host achieved the bronze medal with 0: 2 against Spain.