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Dawgs Ben Thompson Representing His Country on International Stage

Wednesday February 10, 2016

As the academy continue their workouts outdoors, academy ace, Ben Thompson will not be dawning his usual Dawgs red and black at team practice today. Instead, the 6’5 RHP will be suiting up in his National colours wearing the Black and White of Team New Zealand. Team NZ travelled out to Sydney, Australia to participate in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier a few days ago, with their first game of the tournament kicking off tonight. The modified double-elimination tournament is scheduled to be played over four days. Sunday's finale, however, will be a winner-take-all game rather than part of the double elimination. The team that wins on the first two days gets an off-day on Saturday. Four of the six games, including the final, will be aired live on MLB Network, and all of the games will stream live on and ESPN Pac-Rim will broadcast games across the Oceania region, and the games will also appear on Solar Sports in the Philippines. (, 2016) The winner of the qualifier will advance to the main draw of the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Ex college Dawg and Academy coach, RHP Jamie Wilson will also be on the team with Ben. The Dawgs presence is very strong on this years Team New Zealand, and we wish the two the best of luck throughout the tournament!


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