Italy has reached the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after beating Britain 5-0 in the final of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Europe/Africa Qualifier. They become the third nation to reach the Games joining the United States and hosts Japan next summer after a comfortable victory in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympics Softball can get Olympics Softball Tickets online.

It completes a superb double for the Italians after they won their 11th Women’s European Softball Championship title. Starting pitcher Greta Cecchetti was an unresolved force today for Italy, throwing a shutout game in 99 pitches with 13 strikes and only two hits.

Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Italy beating Great Britain in final of Softball Europe/Africa Cup
Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Italy beating Great Britain in final of Softball Europe/Africa Cup

The Italians are the third of six qualifiers for the return of softball to the Olympics two teams will progress from the Americas Qualifier that will take place in Surrey Canada. The other will come from the Asia/Oceania Qualifier in Shanghai China.

Earlier, European Championship runners-up the Netherlands secured third place in the Europe/Africa Qualifier by defeating the Czech Republic 7-0. In front of a massive crowd, Great Britain and Italy faced off again three weeks after the European Championship. Greta Cecchetti and Georgina Warrick were the starting pitchers.

Italy took the lead in the first inning. Amanda Fama was hit by a pitch with one out Emily Carosone singled. Later Emily Piancastelli plated Fama from third with a single to right field. Then, Ricchi reached first on a fielder’s choice. In the action, the British defense made a throwing error so Carson could score the 2-0 lead.

Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Italy beating Great Britain in final of Softball Europe/Africa Cup
Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Italy beating Great Britain in final of Softball Europe/Africa Cup

The Italian team extended the lead between the third and the fourth frame. With one out Carosone doubled to left field. Then Beatrice Ricchi plated pinch-runner Fabrizia Marrone with a two bases hit. In the fourth inning, Andrea Howard singled Pinch hitter Alessandra Rotondo reached on a fielder’s choice while Howard was out on second. Lunghi flew out but Fama had a base hit later Vigna singled to make the score 5-0.

Great Britain tried to back into the game but it couldn’t. Greta Cecchetti was outstanding from the circle, pitching a shutout game with 13 strikeouts and only 2 hits allowed. On the other side, Georgia Corrick took the loss.

Italy already qualified in Japan and the USA. The other 3 National Teams will be defined in the other two Qualifiers. Two teams will qualify from the Softball Americas Qualifier that will take place in Survey Canada. The last one will come from the Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier that will be in Shanghai, China.

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