Strong pitching efforts propel Italy, Guatemala City at Senior League World Series

Posted Aug. 14, 2012, at 8:42 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Fabio Ricco Panciroli and Matteo Bocchi combined on a four-hitter to lift Europe-Middle East-Africa champ Emilia, Italy, to a 2-0 victory over Asia-Pacific champ Auckland, New Zealand, during pool play of the Senior League World Series Tuesday morning at Mansfield Stadium.

In other action, Latin America champ Guatemala City defeated U.S. Central champ Grand Rapids, Mich., 6-1 and U.S. East champ of Auburn, Mass., earned a mercy-rule victory over Maine District 3 champ Hampden 11-0 in 4½ innings.

U.S. Southwest champ Houston, Texas, battled U.S. Southeast champ Brevard County, Fla., in the nightcap.

Latin America improved to 2-0 and U.S. Central is now 2-1. U.S. East and EMEA are now both 1-1 while Hampden is 1-2 and Asia-Pacific is 0-3.

Panciroli sparked Italy with a strong performance as he scattered four hits and three walks while striking out six in 5⅓ innings. Bocchi came on to pitch 1⅔ hitless innings, striking out two.

Italy scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Lorento Fabbri’s single scored Samuel Silvestini in the fourth after Silvestini reached on an infield error and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Bocchi.

Bocchi scored his team’s second run in the sixth inning on a single by Hirco Bannini.

Mitchell James led Asia-Pacific with two singles. Hamish Witters added a double and Jack Malcolm singled.

In the second game, Alejandro Amezquita pitched five solid innings to spark Latin America. He gave up a run and three hits while walking one and striking out six. Fernando Valls and Ricardo Alvarado then each pitched a scoreless inning with Valls striking out all three batters he faced.

Latin America scored all the runs it would need in the bottom of the first with three runs when Juan DiegoMontes laced a two-run triple and Valls followed with a double to drive in DiegoMontes.

Fabian Vizaino finished with a single and a double for Latin America and Julio Alvorado added a single and RBI.

Devin Husted sparked U.S. Central with a single and RBI. Brad Buurstra and Jake Sochanek each added a single.

Pool play continues in the SLWS Wednesday with four games scheduled: U.S. Central vs. Canada, 10 a.m.; Asia-Pacific vs. U.S. Southeast, 1 p.m.; EMEA vs. U.S. West, 5 p.m.; and U.S. East vs. Latin America, 8 p.m.

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