Not long after we posted today's story about Team Israel's success in leading the World Baseball Classic, we got word that the team was defeated by Japan, 8-3, eliminating them from the competition.
After the Netherlands beat Cuba 14-1 earlier in the day, Israel knew that it would have to defeat Japan to maintain any chance of reaching the semifinals at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. But winning the first four games of the tournament, they fell short in Japan.
Although they were disappointed with the loss, Team Israel will plan to return next year and gain satisfaction at their success in the first round of the tournament.
Better luck next year!