Ireland looking for extra innings in Olympic push

Ireland looking for extra innings in Olympic push
Ireland en route to a 7-0 victory against Finland on Tuesday in the European baseball qualifiers in Ashbourne. Pic: Zena Ryle

Ashbourne isn’t exactly where you’d expect to find a crucial part of the road to Tokyo 2020 for Irish athletes, but it’s also an unlikely spot for a baseball diamond. Emmet Ryan on a dominant force flying under the radar

There are no ties in baseball but there is mercy. That’s what Norway and Greece found out the hard way this week as Ireland opened their European championship qualification campaign in dominant fashion in Ashbourne.

The County Meath town is home to one of two permanent full-sized baseball diamonds on the island, and this week it’s the centre of the sport’s world, at least at the international level. Ireland face Slovenia this evening in...

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