Holland got the best of the Italians on Saturday night after they were able to walk away with the 5-nothing win, a win that now gives them home field advantage heading into their championship game matchup where these two European powerhouses will face off once again today, Sunday the 21st in Brno, Czech Republic at the European Championship. Suffering the loss for the Italians was Yomel Rivera after he lasted just 4.1 on the bump, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) off of 5 hits, 2 of which were home runs off the bat of Hainley Statia and Yurendell De Caster. Picking up the win for the Netherlands with a complete game, shutout effort was Mike Bolsenbroek.
Holland picked up their first run of the game in the 2nd inning off of Yomel Rivera after De Caster knocked out a solo shot that flew over the left field fence, right down the line. Holland went onto cross another three runs off of Rivera in the top of the 5th off of yet another homer, this time a three run shot off the bat of Statia which put the score at 4-0 Holland after 5 innings of play. Rivera’s day would end with one out in the frame as he gave way to Nick Morreale who would end up closing off the game with 4.2 innings of work on the hill where he allowed 1 run off of 4 hits and no walks. The one run that Morreale surrendered came in the top of the 7th when Sams hit a sac fly to right, allowing Smith to score from 3rd (Smith was on the sacs thanks to a 1 out double to left) to put the game at its final of 5-0
Sunday’s Championship game will get underway at 3:00 pm local time, a game that will be televised by FoxSport2 in Italy. Looking to get the start for team Italy will be Michael Colla, while Holland should counter with either Rob Cordemans or Kevin Heijstek.