Gary Tongue

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Biographical Information

Gary Tongue has pitched professionally in Canada, the Netherlands and Croatia and has been on the British national team.

Tongue was born in England and moved to Canada when he was five. He played hockey and baseball as a youth and was on his college's baseball squad. In 2003, he was 1-0 with a 6.10 ERA for the Kelowna Heat of the Canadian Baseball League. He did well for the British team at the 2003 European Championship, going 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA, second to Simon Eissens.

Gary was one of three British citizens (along with Alex Smith and James Rutherford) to play for Tornado's in the Netherlands in 2005. He went 3-10 for a team that otherwise was 11-17. He did finish among the Hoofdklasse leaders in ERA (3.25, 11th), innings (110 2/3, 5th), strikeouts (57, 8th) and complete games (5, tied with Smith for 2nd).

Tongue was on the British squad for the 2005 European Championship, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. In 2006, he moved to the Croatian league and played for Karlovac. He was with the British national squad for the 2007 European Championship, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings for the Silver Medalists as Britain had its best finish ever in a European Championship.

In the 2008 European Cup in Regensburg, he got one start for Karlovac, allowing 16 hits and 12 runs in 6 innings in a loss to Danesi Nettuno.


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