XVI Women's Softball World Championship

2018-08-02 - 2018-08-12

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Italy defeats Venezuela, still in play for fourth place. Great Britain wins first

2018-08-07

Italy beat Venezuela, 3-1, at the end of game bothered by rain. The azzurre improved to a 3-3 record and will play China on Wednesday, 8 August. A win would mean a spot in the top 8 of the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship.

Ilaria Cacciamani was off a wild start and walked three in a row after Eila Valero led off with a single. This gave Venezuela and early lead and took Greta Cecchetti in the game with only one out in the bottom of the first.

Italy struck right back in the top of the second. With one out, Priscilla Brandi and Lara Cecchetti hit back to back singles. Alessandra Rotondo reached on a bunt and pinch runner Veronica Comar, who had taken over for Brandi, tied the game. Laura Vigna singled through the left side and Lara Cecchetti scored the go ahead run. Rotondo reached third on the play. As Vigna stole second, Rotondo went too far from the bag and was picked off by catcher Cristina Rodriguez. Venezuela’s starter Desiree Ibarra got out of the inning with no further damage.

Italy added a run in the top of the third. Erika Piancastelli doubled and reached third as Marta Gasparotto grounded out. Giulia Longhi followed with an RBI single that sent Ybarra to the showers. Venezuela gave the call to Michelle Floyd.

Greta Cecchetti cruised through Venezuela’s line up until the fourth, when she needed some help from her defense. Pimentel Belisario tried to reach home on a base hit by Fernanda Pacheco, but a perfect throw by center fielder Laura Vigna gave plenty of time to Marta Gasparotto to tag Belisario for the third out.

It turned out to be a key play for Italy. Greta Cecchetti mastered the last three at bats by Venezuela, allowing only a base hit and earned a well deserved win.

Italy celebrates a key win against Venezuela

Great Britain enjoyed the first win in the WBSC Softball World Championship as they shout out, 10-0 Botswana.
Great Britain broke the tie in the top of the second, thanks to a base hit by Aubrey Paterson and a wild pitch by Oreabetse Mojeremane, Botswana’s starter.
They didn’t need to look back. Amy Moore added with a two run homer in the third and a seven run rally in the fourth, that included an inside the park home run by Nerissa Myers, made it 10-0.
Carling Hare pitched four innings and earned the win.

Kendyl Scott and Hayley Davilar celebrate Great Britain’s first win

China needed only four at bats to beat Botswana 15-1.
China had only 7 hits and thrived and three defensive errors and 6 walks issued by Oreabetse Mojeremane.
The only run by Botswana came on a solo homer by right fielder Kagiso Lowang.

China’s Wang Mengyan gets to second against Botswana

Australia scored five in the second at bat against Georgina Corrick and went on to win, 11-0, in 5 innings against Great Britain.
Australia’s line up combined 12 hits. Stacey Porter and Taylah Tsitsikronis, who went 3 for 3, hit a home run each.
Kaya Parnaby allowed only one hit to Great Britain over 5 innings and struck out 7.
Australia is now ready to challenge Japan for first place in group B.

Australia beat Great Britain in a rainy night in NASPA Stadium