European Baseball & Softball Magazine just compiled and launched a short five and a half minute video on YouTube featuring Team Italy softball pitching ace Greta Cecchetti in the 2019 WBSC Europe/Africa Women's Softball Olympic Qualifier, which took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands from July 23-27, 2019. Team Italy defeated Botswana, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, and Great Britain in the finals to win the international tournament and qualify for the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2021.
The compilation video begins with "Iron Greta" going head-to-head against her nemesis Veronica Peckova from the Czech Republic and delivering a dominant two-hit 2-0 shutout with 11 strikeouts against the Czechs on July 24, 2019. Then the clip gives a quick glimpse of what Greta Cecchetti did against Botswana the day prior when she struck out the side in the first inning before handing the ball off to winning pitcher Ilaria Cacciamani.
In the final segment, color commentator and former Dutch national softball manager Craig Montevidas, described the rivalry between the Netherlands and Team Italy being similar to that of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Although Greta Cecchetti managed to get two strikeouts against the Dutch in just over an inning of work on July 26, 2019, viewers get a snapshot of the Italian pitching ace working under stress as the Netherlands had a 4-1 lead with runners on the corners and one out when Team Italy manager Enrico Obletter went to the bullpen early and summoned Ilaria Cacciamani. The reliable reliever cut the potential rally short with a pair of strikeouts and kept the Netherlands scoreless for the rest of the game with an additonal five strikeouts. In the end, Ilaria Cacciamani picked up the win after Team Italy came from behind with a 7-4 victory. Forza #Italia!
by Roberto Angotti