South Africa national baseball team
|Confederation||African Baseball &
|IBAF World Rank||27th (Best: 2010 = 24th)|
|World Baseball Classic|
|Appearances||3 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||16th (2 times, most recent in 2009)|
|Appearances||1 (First in 2000)|
|Appearances||5 (First in 1998)|
|Best result||14th (1 time, in 2001)|
|Appearances||2 (First in 1999)|
|Best result||1st (2 times, most recent in 2003)|
The South African national baseball team is a baseball team which represents the Republic of South Africa in international baseball competitions such as the World Baseball Classic and formerly the Summer Olympics.
World Baseball Classic
| South Africa
World Baseball Classic
|United States 2006||16th|
|World Baseball Classic record||Qualification record|
|2006||United States||Round 1||16th||0||3||12||38||No qualifiers held|
|2009||Mexico||Round 1||16th||0||2||4||22||No qualifiers held|
|2013||Did not qualify||United States||1||2||11||22|
South Africa's inclusion in the WBC was considered rather surprising by many observers. South Africa has never sent a player to Major League Baseball, indeed, the highest a South African player has ever gotten in the minor leagues has been Triple-A (Mark Miller, a catcher in the Cincinnati Reds organisation who reached AAA with the Indianapolis Indians in 1980).
In the team's first game, South Africa nearly pulled off an upset of Canada, a team consisting of mostly Major League Baseball players. South Africa took an 8–7 lead into the ninth inning before falling 11–8. This would be as close as the team would get to winning a game. The South Africans lost the next two games to Mexico 10–4, and to the United States in a mercy rule-shortened 17–0 rout.
In game 1 South Africa were overpowered by international powerhouse Cuba, giving up 6 home runs in an 8–1 loss. The South African defence was a bright point in the match however, turning three double plays and 2 pickoffs.
In the group elimination match South Africa lost heavily to hosts Mexico 14–3. Although the South Africans kept it a one-run ball game heading into the 7th inning, the Mexican team pounced on the inexperienced bullpen pitchers that entered the game late on and scored 11 runs in the final three innings.
South Africa finished the 2009 WBC with an 0–2 record, with 4 runs scored and 22 conceded.
Four qualifying tournaments were scheduled in 2012 for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, with one team advancing from each to join the 12 squads that had qualified previously by winning at least one game in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Each of the pools included one team with previous experience in the WBC, but which failed to win a single game during the 2009 tournament. South Africa was placed in Qualifier 1 with Spain, France and Israel at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.
South Africa lost the first game of this double-elimination tournament to dark horse Israel, 7–3. They moved into the loser's bracket where they eliminated France, 5–2 in 11 innings, after Paul Bell hit a 2-run double into left field in the top of the 11th. In the loser's bracket final, South Africa fell to eventual WBC qualifier Spain, 13–3, and was eliminated from the tournament. Minnesota Twins prospect, Hein Robb pitched 5.1 innings in 2 relief appearances, giving up 0 runs while striking out 4 batters during the qualifying tournament.
|Summer Olympics record||Qualification|
|2000||Australia||Preliminary||8th||1||6||11||73|| 1999 All-Africa Games
Defeated Guam in Africa versus Oceania Playoff
The win against the Netherlands was thanks largely to two key players:
- Tim Harrell (P) pitched all 10 Innings in the game, giving up just two un-earned runs on five walks and six hits, with four strikeouts.
- Ian Holness (RF) knocked in all three of South Africa's runs. He hit a Solo Home Run in the 6th Inning against Dutch starter Patrick de Lange, followed by an RBI Double off reliever Radhames Dykhoff. He finished off the run scoring by hitting another Solo Home Run in the 10th Inning, off Dutch closer Rikkert Faneyte.
South Africa gained entry into the tournament by beating Guam 3–0 in a Best-Of-Five Africa/Oceania playoff series.
|All-Africa Games record|
South Africa was the host of the All-Africa Games in 1999. South Africa won the gold medal with ease, by defeating all of the other national teams. In order of the wins South Africa won against Lesotho (43–0) with Ian Holness hitting 4 home runs and 14 RBIs, Zimbabwe (37–2), Nigeria (19–1), Uganda (31–0) and Ghana (28–3). South Africa was again the dominant power in the 2003 Games held in Abuja, cruising to the final where they beat Nigeria 15–0 to win Gold.
- Alessio Angelucci
- Paul Bell
- Kyle Botha
- Brandon Bouillon
- Kieran Cree
- Dylan De Meyer – Seattle Mariners
- Michael Dempsey
- Shannon Ekermans
- Jared Elario
- Kyle Ettisch
- Ryan Groves
- Richard Holgate
- Wesley Hoskins
- Gavin Jefferies
- Robert Lewis-Walker – Cincinnati Reds
- Dylan Lindsay
- Kieran Lovegrove – Cleveland Indians
- Wade Mackey
- Carl Michaels
- Faizel Moosa
- Gift Ngoepe – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Anthony Phillips – Seattle Mariners
- Jonathan Phillips
- Allan Randall
- Hein Robb – Minnesota Twins
- Tayler Scott – Chicago Cubs
- Dylan Unsworth – Seattle Mariners
- Darren Wedel
- Karl Weitz
- Brett Willemburg
- Team Manager
- Rick Magnante
2000 Summer Olympics
- Neil Adonis
- Clint Alfino
- Francisco Alfino
- Paul Bell
- Vaughn Berriman
- Jason Cook
- Errol Davis
- Simon de la Rey
- Nick Dempsey
- Ashley Dove
- Darryl Gonsalves
- Brian Harrell
- Tim Harrell
- Richard Harrell
- Ian Holness
- Kevin Johnson
- Willem Kemp
- More MacKay
- Liall Mauritz
- Glen Morris
- Alan Phillips
- Darryn Smith
- Russell van Niekerk
- South Africa at the 2006 World Baseball Classic
- 2003 All Africa Games at Baseball-Reference.com
- Report of Baseball Event of the 8th All Africa Games Abuja 2003