We did it all for Shon
BASEBALL Israel made history after winning gold in the European Championships – and then dedicated their triumph to Shon Mondshire.
Peter Kurz’s side romped home after beating hosts Slovenia in the final.
Al l squad members had t he initials SM emblazoned on their caps in memory of Mondshire, the former Israel baseball player who was killed while serving in Gaza.
Team Israel manager Kurz said: “The team played phenomenally. Their dominant performance at the tournament proves that Israel baseball is firmly on the international map.”
Israel began well by sweeping past Finland 13-1 before downing Latvia 9-0. Romania were next to be sent packing after an 8-3 semi-final win.
And Slovenia could not stop the Israeli j uggernaut as they were crowned champions with a 14-0 win.
As well as taking home gold, Israel also sealed a place in the B Pool of the Confederation of European Baseball for the first time.
Kurz added: “This wonderful victory is a historic moment for Israel baseball.”