Italy is the new European U18 Champion. They defeated the Czech Republic in the championship game on Saturday in Prague 9-3. The Squadra Azzurri scored in four of the first six innings to overcome a three-run first by the Czech.
Alnel Joel Varela drove in two. Lorenzo Fabri crossed the plate three times. Kansas City Royals signee Marten Gasparini capped a solid European Championship with a 1-for-5, two-run performance. Tomas Janoud had a two-run triple and a run for the Czech Republic. On the mound Samuel Silvestri struck out 13 in seven strong innings, allowing two hits, three runs (2 ER) and five walks. Lukas Ercoli issued six hits, four runs and a walk for the loss.
The Dutch team finished the tournament in third place after an 11-6 win over Spain in the bronze medal game. Giovanni Garbella (ITA) was named MVP during the closing ceremony. Shane Boeree (NED) took home best batter, Tomas Ondra (CZE) best pitcher honors.
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