Softball Qualifier EventItaly past Czech Republic after great pitching duel

24 July 2019

Thanks to a great performance by pitcher Greta Cecchetti, Italy beat Czech Republic 2-0 in the second game of the Group B and remained undefeated at the Softball Qualifier Europe Africa in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Italy scored the first point in the second inning with a double by Giulia Longhi and added the 2-0 lead in the sixth.

After meeting two weeks ago in the last European Championships, Italy and Czech Republic faced again in the second day of the Softball Qualifier Europe Africa in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Greta Cecchetti and Veronika Peckova were the two starting pitchers.

In the first inning, Italy had the opportunity to score first but it couldn’t. Whit two outs, Emily Carosone and Erika Piancastelli singled. Then, Piancastelli stole the second base but Andrea Howard stroke out.

Anyway, Italy took the lead one inning later. Lisa Birocci walked and moved to second after Beatrice Ricchi’s bunt. Giulia Longhi doubled to left field for the 1-0.

In the sixth, Italy increased the lead. Piancastelli hit an infield single and moved to second on wild pitch. Howard stroke out but the third strike was a wild pitch. In the action, Piancastelli advanced to third and then to home, scoring the 2-0.

Cecchetti and Peckova shined in a fashionable pitching duel. The Italian ace stroke out 11, allowing only 2 hits in a shutout game. On the other side, the Czech star went 7 innings, allowing 2 earned runs, 5 hits and striking out 6 in 6 innings.

Thanks to this victory, Italy moves its record to 2-0 in the Group B, while Czech Republic is now 1-1. Tomorrow Italy will face France at 10.00, while Czech Republic will take on Botswana at 16.00.


The top eight softball teams from the Europe-Africa region will travel to the Netherlands and compete at the Take Off to Tokyo in 2019. The tournament will be hosted in Utrecht from the 23rd to the 27th of July, and will showcase six European and two African countries as they battle it out on the softball field. Eight teams will compete, but only one team will earn their ticket to Tokyo.


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