BASEBALL: With baseball returning to the Olympic programme for the first time in 12 years at Tokyo 2020, the Australian Baseball League (ABL) Championship Series is providing the ideal field to showcase the nation’s top talent.
Team Australia's first chance at Olympic qualification will come at the 2019 Premier12, after the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) confirmed Australia's place in the tournament on Wednesday night.
The pathway to qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for the Australian Softball and Baseball teams has become clearer after an announcement made by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
Despite a disappointing final day loss to the USA, the Australian U18 World Cup team matched it with #1 ranked teams, claimed historic victories and made themselves, their coaching staff and their country proud.
Following Australia's efforts at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Australia has risen to #8 in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Rankings, the highest Australia has ever been, surpassing their previous high of #9, which was reached in 2010
It may not have followed a fairy tale script, but the Australian men’s baseball team announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with at the World Baseball Classic earlier this month.
Despite a gallant fightback against quality opposition, Australia fell 4-3 in a heartbreaking game against Cuba, and consequently, have been eliminated from the 2017 World Baseball Classic
An unbelievable start from Travis Blackley, 4RBI from Luke Hughes and a grand slam from James Beresford saw Australia claim a vital victory over China in game two of their World Baseball Classic campaign.
A gallant Australian team kept in touch with world #1 Japan for most of the game, however two late home runs saw Japan claim a tense 4-1 victory at the Tokyo Dome.
Behind a pitching performance that only gave up three hits, and some timely late runs, Australia defeated Hongik University 8-0 in their first World Baseball Classic warm-up game.