The Azzurri from Piazza win 8-5 and on Friday evening they will challenge the winner of the Czech Republic-Israel
The Italy of baseball does not miss a beat, even if it does not spread, and flies to the semifinals in the European Championship that is played on Turin diamonds. The national team of Piazza for long sections of the game (played in Settimo) nailed to 4-2, seals the passage of the round to the 8th inning. Friday evening in Avigliana (and on Sky Sport Action) the winner of the fourth match between the Czech Republic and Israel (fresh from the Tokyo Games), scheduled for today at 20.30 in Avigliana, will compete in the semifinal.
Italy, which presents the winning pitcher Murilo Brolo (4 shots, 4 valid, 5 strike out, 1 base ball) unlocks the result against the departing Jose Diaz already in the first inning: the single on the left of Ernesto Liberatore propitiates the signed point by Dario Pizzano. In the 3rd inning, Jose Herrera’s home run to the right is worth the draw. In the 4th round from the box, the sacrifice of Mattia Mercuri is worth the 2-1 blue of Liberatore, then Noel Gonzalez creates confusion in the Croatian defense and Federico Celli goes to touch the point of 3-1, while, on defense choice, Erick Epifano marks the 4-1. Shortstop Herrera is still the protagonist of the second crato point: a double on the right for Gojkovic’s 4-2. At the 8th inning the 3-point home run by Dario Pizzano matures, which puts the result on the safe side: 7-2. And Vito Friscia remembers the grand slam against Austria, making the 8-2 home run on the left. The Croatians against the blue reliefs Andreatta (1) and Bassani (2) score another 3 points, but Italy, as they say, has a good game and closes the scores on 8-5 with 9 valid against 11 (9-6 those left on base, 1-2 errors).
Finally, in the first quarter, Spain beats Belgium 5-2: now waiting for the winner of Great Britain-Holland, scheduled at 20.30.
Manager Mike Piazza says: “I am proud of this team, Croatia played a good match. There have been some controversial episodes, but we didn’t give up, staying focused, playing with intelligence and patience. For Italy it was a good test. Kudos to my pitching coach Vince Horsmann who gave all pitchers peace of mind. Who launches on Friday? We are thinking about it ”. The left-handed Maurizio Andretta: “It was a game marked by nervous episodes, when I climbed the mountain I felt a bit of emotion, but then I melted and thanks to Crepaldi we closed the innings without points. The team was always in the game, despite two decisions that made us nervous, but the most important moment of the match were the home runs of Pizzano and Friscia. We have to continue like this for the semifinal ”.
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