After Italy notched a run in the third inning against Team USA starter Jarrod Parker (RHP; Bluffton, IN), the JNT built its cushion to 17-1 by sending 13 batters to the plate and exploding for eight runs in the fourth inning. The Americans took advantage of three walks and two of their five hit batsmen in the game, coupled with two wild pitches and four hits, to record its big inning. Moustakas notched a run-scoring single in the frame for his fifth RBI of the day while Sanchez collected a run-scoring base hit and Matt Newman (OF; Glendale, AZ) registered a two-run single. Team USA finished with 12 hits, including four for extra bases.
In the fifth, Moustakas drew a walk-one of 13 issued by six Italian pitchers-and later tallied his fourth run on an error. Besides Moustakas, Jackson tallied three times. Every JNT regular crossed the plate at least once.
Parker (1-0), making his second appearance in the tournament, tossed six innings for the JNT. He allowed just one hit, a single to center field by Italy's first hitter in the game, while walking three and striking out five.
"Jarrod was strong in the strike zone today," Hisey said.
Tim Alderson (RHP; Phoenix, AZ) retired Italy in order in the seventh inning to complete the one-hitter.
Team USA has one remaining pool play game. The JNT meets Spain at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sept. 22 at Moron City. The top four teams in each of the tourney's two, 6-team pools will move on to championship round action beginning Sept. 24. Consolation round action also starts Sept. 24.
|USA||603 810 000 - 18 12 0|
|Italy||001 000 000 - 1 1 2|
Parker, Alderson (7) and Medica, Elorriaga Matra (4). Panerati, Francucchi (1), Lucati (4), Montecchi (4), Imperiali (5). De Simoni (7) and Sabbatani.
Time: 1:54. Attendance: 1,200.
Pool Play Standings (through Team USA game Sept. 21)
|Pool A:||Pool B:|
USA def. Canada, 2-1
Italy def. Mexico, 8-6
Chinese Taipei def. Spain, 9-0
Netherlands def. South Africa, 8-7
Australia def. Korea, 2-1
Cuba def. Panama, 10-0 (7 innings) Sept. 21 Pool Play Results
USA vs. Italy, 18-1 (7 innings)
Mexico def. Spain, 15-2 (7 innings)
Canada def. Chinese Taipei, 8-1
Korea def. South Africa, 9-0
Netherlands def. Panama, 4-1
Cuba vs. Australia Sept. 22 Pool Play Schedule (All Times Eastern)
Italy vs. Canada, 10 a.m.
Cuba vs. South Africa, 1 p.m.
Korea vs. Netherlands, 2 p.m.
Mexico vs. Chinese Taipei, 2 p.m.
Panama vs. Australia, 9 p.m.