Italy offense erupts for 13 runs

Posted Aug. 17, 2010, at 9:59 p.m.
Team Canada's Connor Baillie makes a snow-cone catch down the first base side in the third inning of their game vs Italy Tuesday, August 17, 2010. (Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York)
Team Canada's Connor Baillie makes a snow-cone catch down the first base side in the third inning of their game vs Italy Tuesday, August 17, 2010. (Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York)

    BANGOR — Italy and Canada were finally able to break out of their offensive funks Tuesday, and the Europe-Middle East-Africa champions did so in a big way.

The Italians erupted for 16 hits, with Auessandro Grimaudo collecting four of them en route to a 13-6 Senior League World Series win over Edmonton, Alberta, at Mansfield Stadium.

Italy earned its first victory of pool play and is 1-2 while Canada has yet to earn a victory (0-3).

Manager Fabrizie Piraino’s club established an early lead with a five-run second inning uprising, with Valerio Lucini singling in two runs while Fabrizio Brignone and Paolo Taschini each contributed an RBI single.

The Italians got a strong pitching performance from starter Paolo Taschini, who allowed three runs and three hits in 5ª innings.

But the offense was what Piraino was happiest about, as Italy would answer a pair of Canadian rallies with a couple of three-run bursts in the sixth and seventh innings.

“It was very important for us to score a lot of runs, because [Monday] we had a bad experience,” Piraino said through a translator.

Grimaudo finished his afternoon 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored while No. 9 hitter Giacomo Recchioni collected three hits, including a double, and scored three runs.

“I’m very happy for my four hits and a lot of RBIs,” Grimaudo said.

Edmonton manager Greg Olsen was happy with his own offense, but Italy’s runs came in bunches, which was Canada’s downfall.

“You’ve got to stay away from those big innings, that definitely hurt,” he said.

Italy had a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth before Canada got its first runs of the series, one coming on a base hit by JP Magnan.

“We don’t want to go home with a big goose egg, at least we got something,” Olsen said.

Italy widened its lead with a three-spot in the sixth while Canada got another run in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk and two more in the seventh, both on wild pitches.

But the Italian bats were just too hot on this night, with Fabrizio Brignone adding two RBIs out of the leadoff spot while Matteo D’Auria had a pair of hits and two runs scored.

The star of the game, however, was Grimaudo, the cleanup man.

“He helped us to score a lot of runs and to win the game,” Piraino said.

It wasn’t exactly a clean effort by Italy, however, as its pitchers walked five batters.

“It’s good to win this game [but] we could do a lot more, we could play better,” Piraino said.

Kyle Rosell had a single, run and RBI for Edmonton while Taylor Thomas drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt.

EMEA (1-2)    051 103 3    — 13 16 2

Canada (0-3)    000 031 2     — 6 4 3

Taschini, Trinci (6) and Grimaudo; Quenneville, Rosell (6) and Davis; WP-Taschini (1-0); LP-Quenneville (0-1); Repeat hitters: Lucini (EMEA), Grimaudo (EMEA), D’Aauria (EMEA), Recchioni (EMEA); Extra-base hitters: 2B: Lucini (EMEA), Grimaudo (EMEA), Recchioni (EMEA)

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