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.
After two days of intensive workouts and team meetings, Team Australia takes to the field for the first time today as they prepare for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.