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Third win in a row for Italy at the IBAF World Cup

Italy collected their third win of the IBAF World Cup beating (7-3) Germany. A defensive error kept alive the first at bat of the azzurri, that took clear advantage of it, scoring 4 runs and setting the pace. A home run by Jairo Ramos in the sixth opened it up.
The only inconvenient for Italy was a game delay of 30 minutes because of the danger of an electric storm, that spoiled Italy's plan about the rotation and the azzurri had to go pretty deep into the bull pen.
 
Italy's starter Marco Grifantini was off a wild start and walked lead off hitter Sascha Lutz. Left fielder Simon Guehring bunted Lutz to second and a sharp liner to center by Minnesota Twins top prospect Max Kepler-Rozycki sent him to third. But Grifantini could get the second out on a fly ball by third baseman Ludwig Glaser to third and struck out Donald Lutz on a very effective change up to end the inning.
 
Italy took a clear advantage when it was german hurler Heilmann to show poor control. The Bundesteam starter hit Infante and could not get the out at second on a comebacker by italian shortstop Granato. Team Captain Mario Chiarini loaded the bases on a single to left and veteran designated hitter Jairo Ramos batted in the first run on a sacrifice fly to rightfield. Mazzanti flied out to shortstop and Avagnina sent in the second run with a single to right. Heilmann then walked second baseman Francesco Imperiali to load the bases and italian catcher Riccardo Bertagnon made it 4-0 on a soft single to center. Imperiali overan second and was tagged for the third out.
Italy added two runs in the fifth. Chiarini led off with a deep single to left and Ramos went deeper to right, delivering a towering home run.
Germany couldn't take any advantage of the fact that Grifantini opened four of the first five innings walking the lead off hitter. Actually, Grifantini showed great stuff when he could control it and he left the game after 5.2 inning collecting 8 strike outs. With two outs in the top of the sixth, the game was suspended for thirty minutes because of the risk of an electric storm. When play resumed, Italy sent reliever Nick Pugliese to the mound and Germany gave the ball to Max Schmitz. Italy immediately got to the newcomer when shortstop Tony Granato smashed one off the center field wall for an RBI double, scoring Ambrosino from first.
Germany scored two runs against reliever Nick Pugliese, who allowed a couple of hits to Glaser and Donald Lutz in the eigth and walked in the first run, before leaving the ball to Justin Cicatello. A sacrifice fly by Wulf earned Germany the second run.
 
A huge play by Granato highlighted the bottom of the ninth: his throw from the green took only once bounce to nest in first baseman Mazzanti's glove and get the second out on Guehring.

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