Italy – Spain 11-0 (7)
ESP 000 000 0 0 5 0 ITA 014 012 3 11 11 0
Italy concluded the 4th edition of the Italian Baseball Week with an impressive 11-0 shutout over Spain in Novara on Tuesday night, picking up the trophy at the warm-up tournament. It was their fifth win in the fifth game and the second against Spain, their opponent in Friday’s European Championship opener in Stuttgart.
After a scoreless first, Italy took the lead in the second period and made it 5-0 with four runs in the third before adding six more runs from the fifth to the seventh. Mario Chiarini hit two homeruns and drove in five. Laidel Chapelli also went deep. Tony Granato and Giuseppe Mazzanti scored three runs apiece.
On the mound Tiago Da Silva (3 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) and Carlos Richetti (4 IP, 3 H, 7 SO) held the Spanish offensive to five singles and no walks, while striking out ten. Antonio Noguera, Jose Estebin Cruz, Lowuin Sacramento and Ruben Fente all gave up runs for Spain. Only Fernando Gutierrez was able to stop the Italy’s batters.
Sweden – Czech Republic 2-7
CZE 101 230 000 7 13 0 SWE 000 000 002 2 10 3
The Czech Republic finished in third place at the Italian Baseball Week 2010 after defeating Sweden 7-2 in Lodi. They already had beaten the Scandinavians on Saturday in Torino. The Czech team didn’t waste any time, taking a 1-0 lead in the opening frame on a RBI single by Jakub Malik. Two innings later they doubled the score thanks to a RBI single by Pavel Budsky. They added five more runs in the following two innings, including one on a steal of home by Budsky. Sweden only was able to avoid the shutout with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Marian Gajdos (W) allowed four hits and a walk in five scoreless innings. Jacob Claesson (L) issued nine hits, five runs (4 ER) and three bb in four-plus innings for the loss.
- Italy (5-0)
- Spain (3-2)
- Czech Republic (2-3)
- Sweden (0-5)
Stats of the Italian Baseball League are available on Scorekeepers.org