by RENALDO DORSETT
Team Great Britain’s valiant effort toward World Baseball Classic 2017 qualification came to an end in the tournament finale.
The team lost to Israel for the second time in the qualifier, this time a 9-1 loss in the championship game last night at MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York.
Albert Cartwright led Great Britain with a 1-3 night at the plate and the lone run scored. Chavez Young went one 1-3 with one RBI, Reshard Munroe was 1-1, and Todd Isaacs was 1-4.
After four scoreless innings, Israel erupted for four runs in in the fifth inning on a pair of two run home runs from Blake Gailen and Ryan Lavarnway. They added another run with a Zach Borenstein triple in the sixth and a Cody Decker solo home run in the seventh.
After a Cartwright double, Young plated him on a single in the next at bat.
Israel ended the game with three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Chisholm and Cartwright combined for five hits, scored four times and drove in three runs to pace the Great Britain offense.
Cartwright, hit a two-run triple that broke the game open in the fifth and Great Britain scored in every inning except the first.
In the semifinal, Great Britain defeated Brazil, 4-3, in a thriller.
Great Britain catcher Chris Berset throwing out Brazil’s Juan Carlos Muniz, attempting to steal third base.
Great Britain scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning, Isaacs was hit by a pitch to score Great Britain’s first run of the game. They went on to score two more runs to take a 3-2 lead and final score in the bottom of the seventh on Simmons’ RBI single.