Former Woodcreek pitcher Eric Berger led Israel to a 7-3 win over South Africa in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament in Jupiter, Fla.
Berger started and pitched three shutout innings to get the win and advance Israel to Friday's game against Spain.
"We've all had long seasons with spring training and 140 games, but everyone was really excited," Berger said. "It almost felt like the first game of the year again, even though a lot of us just ended long seasons."
Berger was a combined 2-9 this past season pitching for the Cleveland Indians' AA Akron and AAA Columbus teams.
The Israel team is managed by former all-star catcher Brad Ausmus.
The WBC has 16 countries playing at four different venues around the world in a double elimination tournament.
The winners from each tournament advance and play in the World Baseball Classic in March of 2013.