Undefeated Team Italy advances to U22 European Softball Championship second round robin

Undefeated Team Italy advances to U22 European Softball Championship second round robin
28/06/2022
After shutting out Croatia 14-0 and Slovakia 10-0 in U22 European Softball Championship Group A action in Kunovice, Czech Republic on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, undefeated Team Italy (4-0) plays Czech Republic (3-0) and Germany (2-1) on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in the second round robin

In the first of two games on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 in the U22 Women's European Softball Championship, Team Italy U22 manager Andrea Longagnani called on Beatrice Nannetti to start against Croatia. She did not disappoint as the Italian pitcher threw four scoreless innings and allowed just two hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

The relentless Team Italy offense welcomed the addition of slugger Giulia Koutsoyanopulos, who recently arrived from the U.S. after her successful sophomore campaign at the University of Arizona. She was one of six players in the Azzurre lineup who hit for extra bases. While Giulia Koutsoyanopulos, Virginia Mambelli, and Martina Ghergolet doubled once, Linda Rampoldi doubled twice, Flavia Carletti tripled and Tara Melassi homered. The young and talented Italian softball squad generated a total of 14 runs on 12 hits to blank Croatia 14-0.

CROATIA-ITALY BOX SCORE

CROATIA-ITALY LIVE STREAM REPLAY

Italian U22 softball skipper Andrea Longagnani brought starting pitcher Beatrice Nannetti back out for an encore performance against Slovakia. She was twice as nice in the circle pitching a one-hitter during her four scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Virginia Mambelli led the Team Italy offensive attack going a perfect 2-for-2 with one walk, two RBI and one run scored. Noemi Giacometti, Alessia Colonna and Linda Rampoldi also contributed with hits to propel Team Italy to a 10-0 shutout over Slovakia.

SLOVAKIA-ITALY BOX SCORE

SLOVAKIA-ITALY LIVE STREAM REPLAY

On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, Team Italy advances to the second round-robin with contests against undefeated Czech Republic at 10 am (local time) and Germany at 4:45 pm. Forza #Italia!

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by Roberto Angotti

(Photo of Team Italy's Flavia Carletti sliding into second base against Croatia in the U22 European Softball Championship by MG/Oldman)