Host Israel, Canada, USA to compete in U-18 baseball tournament at 21st Maccabiah Games

Host Israel, Canada, USA to compete in U-18 baseball tournament at 21st Maccabiah Games
01/07/2022
It will be the first international competition at the new Raanana field, pictured above, located north of Tel Aviv. The venue was recently dedicated to the memory of Ezra Schwartz.

Host Israel, Canada and the United States will participate in a U-18 baseball tournament at the 21st Maccabiah Games.

The three teams will compete in a double round robin with each team playing four games. The top finisher will head to the final, while the second- and third-place teams will compete in a one-game playoff for the second spot.

The tournament will open on Thursday, 14 July. The final is scheduled for Friday, 22 July.

The recently inaugurated Raanana field will host the games.

In December 2021, the field was dedicated to the memory of Ezra Schwartz, a high-school student from Boston, USA, who died in a terrorist attack while visiting the West Bank during the fall of 2015.

Schwartz was in Israel attending the Yeshiva school, a traditional Jewish educational institution.

Schwartz's family helped the Jewish National Foundation (JNF) Project Baseball raise funds to complete the Raanana field.

The Maccabiah Games, first held in 1932, are an international Jewish, and Israeli multi-sport event held on the four-year cycle in Israel. The 2017 edition featured 85 participating countries that competed in 45 sports.

The 21st Maccabiah Games is scheduled to run through 26 July. The opening ceremony will take place at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Former Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Ian Kinsler, who represented Israel at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will be a torch bearer.

Kinsler will run clinics for players of the three participating teams.