Ukraine vs. Lithuania and Russia vs. Israel are the two opening games today at the European Under-21 Baseball Championship taking place at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikva. The championship will run through August 4.

The Israel Baseball Association is hosting the bi-annual international tournament, which is sanctioned by the Confederation of European Baseball.

Team Israel is made up of players from the Israel Baseball Academy — the elite program for 14-21 year-old baseball players in Israel.

The Israel Baseball Association comprises five leagues throughout the country.