Softball Qualifier EventItaly beats France, ends the Opening Round undefeated

25 July 2019

Italy got the third win of the Softball Qualifier Europe/Africa against France, 5-1, and ended the First Round at the top of the Group B. Italy scored 4 times in the fourth and added one more point in the seventh. Ilaria Cacciamani took the win, Charline Gartner the loss.

At the beginning of the game, both team had the opportunity to score but they couldn’t. In the first, Italian shortstop Amanda Fama tripled. However, Laura Vigna and Emily Carosone grounded out, while Erika Piancastelli flied out. On the other side, in the bottom of the second, Eloise Tribolet singled, but she was caught stealing.

Italy took the lead in the top of the fourth. Vigna and Carosone singled and moved to scoring position on passed ball. Andrea Howard, then, walked. So, Giulia Longhi hit an RBI single off Sarah Benchali, French pitcher relief. During the play, Carosone was out at home thanks to a great throw by French left fielder Raina Hunter. Later, Alessandra Rotondo hit a 2 RBI single and scored later on wild pitch for the 4-0 lead.

Italy added one more point in the seventh. Vigna hit a sacrifice fly and plated Fabrizia Marrone from third.

France scored the lone point in the last attack of the game with an RBI single by Natalie Glover.

Thanks to this victory, Italy ends the First Round at the top of the Group B, with a 3-0 record, and will play tomorrow afternoon at 16.00 against Group A second seed. On the other hand, France has to wait the Botswana-Czech Republic to know its future in the tournament.


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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