Italy punched their ticked to the finals of the 2014 European Championship after they were able to walk away with the 9 to 1 victory over the Czech Republic. Picking up the win for Italy was Fralilyn Florian (his second of the tournament) who went 5 innings, allowing 7 hits, 4 walks and 1 run. At the plate the Italians picked up double digit hits (11), with Infante, Reginato and Avagnina all picking up 2 apiece, while Epifano and Liddi both drove in two runs each. Italy will now meet up with the only other undefeated club, the Netherlands, on Saturday evening in a game where home field advantage in the finals is on the line. Closing off the game for team Italy on the bump was Fillippo Crepaldi with 3 innings pitched (1 h, 0 r, 4 so) and Yovanni D’Amico who game on for a perfect 9th (3 K’s). This evenings game with the Netherlands will kickoff at 7:00 pm local time.
Italy got on the board early in their game with the Czech Republic when in the first inning they were able to cross a run on a sac fly off the bat of Vaglio. Crossing the plate as Italy’s first runs was Infante who had lead off the game with a bunt single to 1st. In the top of the 3rd Italy made a big splash when they scored what would be an unanswered 5 runs off the Czech’s starting pitcher, Jan Novak who lasted just 2.2 innings on the bump. Italy crossed 5 runs with 2 outs in the inning, with Liddi driving in the first two on an double to left center. Chiarini then drove in Liddi with a single to left, followed by an RBI single by Mineo and finally an RBI single by Reginato.
The Italians tacked on one more in the 4th after Infante was able to cross the plate on an error, and finally two more in the 8th on a 2 RBI single off the bat of Epifano that scored both Avagnina and Infante. The final two runs scored in the 8th put the score at its final of 9 to 1 in favor of team Italy.