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Israel Beats Netherlands To Win Pool A

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Israel’s baseball team for the World Baseball Classic

Australia's 11-0 win over China at the Tokyo Dome on Thursday (Friday AEDT) leaves them a win away from a maiden second-round appearance at the prestigious tournament.

Israel's next match will be the opening game of the second round, when they take on the second-place team in Pool B, on Saturday in Tokyo.

Sport's Bob Nightengale breaks down the teams to watch at this year's World Baseball Classic.

"It's kind of like a Disney movie", Team Israel infielder Ty Kelly, a Mets minor leaguer who is also an aspiring screenwriter, told ESPN. That set the stage for the walk-off victory. Probably not. But Israel was never expected to get this far with the motley crew it had assembled against three of the higher-ranked teams in the world, including a Dutch squad boasting arguably the most talented infield in the entire tournament.

Host South Korea, who fell to two straight defeats and an early elimination, salvaged a win before the home fans by beating Taiwan 11-8 after 10 innings.

Netherlands will be joined in the next phase by Israel, which already has two wins.

Most of the baseball players representing Israel are Jewish Americans, with only two members of the team possessing Israeli passports.

Marquis pitched one shutout inning, and every pitcher who followed threw one inning until the eighth inning, when Jeremy Bleich got into trouble with one out.

The IJN recently interviewed Weinstein and Lavarnway ahead of the WBC ("Team Israel prepares for World Baseball").

Earlier in the at-bat, Profar popped up to shallow right field and it appeared as if the Netherlands had hit into its first out of the inning. Tim Kennelly then drove Hughes home to give Australia a 7-0 lead.

Japan's catcher Seiji Kobayashi rushes toward the mound after Australia's Mitch Nilsson got struck out to end the game.

Japan's Nobuhiro Matsuda, left, celebrates a fifth-inning home run with teammates in a game against Cuba on Tuesday.

Other players to watch out for include catcher Jose Alfaro (Colombia), who has always been in the Top 100 lists and a very strong arm; 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoelkis Cespeda, who also happens to be Yoenis' half-brother; and Brandon Nimmo (Italy), who plays for the Mets in Major League Baseball and with a hit.352. Israel made it 4 - 1 when Zach Borenstein grounded into a double play with bases loaded.

Zeid walked the first man he faced to load the bases, and second baseman Tyler Krieger was off-target throwing to second on a potential double-play grounder for Israel's second error of the inning.

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