ITA Shows GRE Mercy
Italy mercifully took out Greece in their opening game of the European Championship. Italy’s 13-3 victory was a slow and steady gain to victory.
After taking down Greece’s offense in a 1-2-3 top half of the inning, the Italians jumped into the lead in the bottom of the 1st. Noel Gonzalez began Italy’s offensive half with a BB. He was driven by Vito Friscia. Vito, in turn, scored on a fielder’s choice that allowed Alberto Mineo to reach.
After a scoreless second, Italy pushed ahead by four in almost an identical manner. Dario Oizzano singled to center and came around on a fielder’s choice. Vito Friscia, who had reached courtesy of the pitcher, crossed the plate on a single by Federico Celli.
In the bottom of the 4th the Italians added three more to go up by 7. With two outs recorded the bases were loaded up with men who had been awarded first by Greek hurler Dean Christidis. Erick Epifano reached on a single before Noel Gonzalez, Dario Pizzano and Vito Friscia were walked. That final walk brought Epifano around. Mineo then singled driving in Gonzalez and Pizzano.
In the bottom of the 5th the Greek pen continued to give away the free passes. Celli started it off. Epifano followed him on. Gonzalez loaded them up. Leo Ferrini then doubled to center to drive in Epifano. Dario Pizzano then took the 90-foot walk. Vito Friscia singled through the left side scoring Noel Gonzalez before Alberto Mineo doubled to center to bring around both Ferrini and Pizzano. Ernesto Liberatore then sacrificed his at bat to bring around Friscia.
In the top of the 6th Italy changed pitchers and Greece tried to stage their comeback. Max Warren started things off with a double down the left field line. He was driven in on a single by Tom Roulis. Roulis was then driven in by Ari Sechopoulos who doubled down the right side. Along for the trot around was Dimitrios Kourtis who had reached on a single up the middle. That closed Italy’s lead to 10.
The Greeks had one final opportunity to close the gap in the top of the 7th before mercy was called in the middle of the inning.