Undefeated Team Italy beats Sweden and Germany in U18 Women’s European Softball Championship

Undefeated Team Italy beats Sweden and Germany in U18 Women’s European Softball Championship
20/07/2021
On day two of the U18 Women’s European Softball Championship in Prague, Czech Republic on July 20, 2021, defending Euro champion Team Italy won a pair of games over Sweden and Germany to remain undefeated (4-0) and the top-seed in Group A

With a 13-3 mercy-rule victory over Sweden in U18 Women's European Softball Championship Group A action, Team Italy relief pitcher Beatrice Nannetti picked up her second win of the international tournament in Prague, Czech Republic. She struck out the side in the top of the third inning and preserved a slim 4-3 lead. The Italians returned in the bottom of the third inning and scored eight runs to put the game out of the reach. Reliever Linda Rampoldi pitched a scoreless top of the fourth inning before the mercy rule was enforced when Team Italy added one run in the bottom of the fourth inning to seal the 13-3 victory.

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After surrendering three runs to Germany in the top of the first inning, Team Italy starting pitcher Marianna Zumerle settled down and threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to earn the 12-7 win. A three-run home run by infielder Sarah Bortolotti and a 3-for-5 hitting performance from catcher Clara Carati highlighted the Team Italy offensive attack.

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Team Italy finishes U18 Women's European Softball Championship Group A play against France on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm (local time). Forza #Italia! #PerEnrico

by Roberto Angotti

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(Photo of Team Italy's Giulia Bancora sliding safely into third base against Sweden by MG#19)