Two Members of the Irish American Baseball Society — Mitch Hillert and Joe Cosgrove — recently played for Ireland’s National Baseball Team at the European Championship Qualifying Tournament in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.
Team Ireland lost all three games in pool play and placed last out of four teams, but Mitch and Joe performed quite well throughout the tournament. Mitch started Game 1 against host nation Bulgaria, tossing four scoreless innings, striking out three and scattering three hits. Although Ireland lost by a score of 3-2 in 10 innings, Joe caught the entire game, going 1-for-3 and knocking in Ireland’s only two runs.
For the tournament, Joe batted .417 with a 1.012 OPS, leading Ireland in AVG, SLG, OPS, TB, RBI, and Hits.
Both Joe and Mitch were members of the 2018 Irish Men’s National Team that went 5-0, winning the second gold medal in Ireland’s international baseball history. Joe played collegiately at Rollins College in Florida and Mitch pitched at Concordia College in New York and currently pitches professionally in Germany.
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