Marshall grad helps Great Britain qualify for World Baseball Classic

Kent Blackstone helped Great Britain finish third at 3-0 in World Classic qualifying.

September 29, 2022

Marshall High School graduate Kent Blackstone was the starting second baseman for the Great Britain baseball squad that finished 3-0 in a 12-team qualifying tournament for the 2023 World Baseball Classic in March. The qualifying competition was in Regensburg Germany. Great Britain defeated France, 14-4, Germany, 8-1, and Spain, 10-9. Great Britain rallied from an 8-3 deficit against Spain.

“That was some of the most fun baseball I have ever been involved with,” Blackstone said. “It was a blast and a super special time. The team’s success was a testament to how close our team quickly became. We were down 8-3 in the final game and clawed back for the win.”

Great Britain will now play in the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo in March. Blackstone hopes to be a part of that team, but a final decision on the roster will be made at a later time.

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“I want to make that roster,” he said.

Blackstone, 28, started all three games for Great Britain. He had three hits in 12 at-bats, scored two runs, walked once and had two RBI.

“I grinded some at-bats and played well and clean on defense,” Blackstone said. “I did not feel overmatched when I was hitting at all, and made some good swing decisions.”