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At World Baseball Classic, underdog Israel grabs second win

With win against Chinese Taipei, the biggest long shot in the tournament takes another step toward advancing.


March 7, 2017 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Infielder Ike Davis #29 of Israel hits a triple in the top of the seventh inning during the World Baseball Classic.Infielder Ike Davis #29 of Israel hits a triple in the top of the seventh inning during the World Baseball Classic.Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images
March 7, 2017 | Latest Photo

It's something out of a classic underdog sports movie. After being hailed by ESPN as "essentially the Mighty Ducks, Hickory High and the Jamaican bobsled team all rolled into one," the team from Israel opened the competition by stunning the host country of South Korea with a 2-1 win in extra innings.

And their luck continued. About 12 hours after their first victory, the Israeli team notched a second victory in Seoul. In a game that took place early this morning, Israel defeated Chinese Taipei 15-7. In the photo above, infielder Ike Davis – #29 of Israel – hits a triple in the top of the seventh inning during the game.

The Israeli team will try to stay undefeated in Pool A Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. (ET) vs. Team Netherlands. A win puts them in excellent position to advance to the next round in Tokyo.

Infielder Nate Freiman, #45 of Israel, is congratulated by team mates after hitting a three-run homer to make it 15-3 in the top of the ninth inning during the World Baseball Classic.Infielder Nate Freiman, #45 of Israel, is congratulated by team mates after hitting a three-run homer to make it 15-3 in the top of the ninth inning during the World Baseball Classic. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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