Israel Goes to 3-0 at World Baseball Classic


Cody Decker of Israel holds the team mascot, the Mensch on the Bench, after a World Baseball Classic victory over the Netherlands on Thursday.

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SEOUL, South Korea — Nate Freiman’s RBI double sparked a three-run first inning on Thursday as Israel beat the Netherlands, 4-2, to finish top of Pool A in the World Baseball Classic with a 3-0 record.

Zach Borenstein and Ryan Lavarnway also drove in runs in the first for Israel which clinched a berth in the second round when the Netherlands beat Taiwan, 6-5, on Wednesday.

The Netherlands (2-1) also advanced to the next round which starts on Saturday at Tokyo Dome.

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