All 12 teams for the European Championship 2019 in Bonn and Solingen, Germany (September 7 to 15, tickets: www.baseball-em.de) are set. Israel punched the last ticket with a 2-0 sweep in the best-of-three playoff series against Lithuania.
Following the 12-2 win on Friday, they dominated with a 15-0 shutout on Saturday. Gabe Cramer pitched five one-hit innings for the win. Simon Rosenbaum hit a home run and drove in five runs. Israel already led 6-0 after the first inning.
For Israel it will be the first ever participation at a European Championship. They are slotted into Pool A together with defending champion Netherlands, host Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic and Sweden.
Lithuania now has lost a playoff series in two consecutive years. In 2018 they were beaten by Austria, also in two games.