The Azzurri were beaten 9-3 by the hosts, who are among the favourites.
Italy was beaten 9-3 by Japan and is thus eliminated in the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo.
Driven by Okamoto and Murakami, the Japanese advance to the semifinals where they will face the winner between Mexico and Puerto Rico in Miami.
Positive, however, the performance of the Azzurri who give way to one of the favorites of the tournament, as stated in the note from the federation.
Coach Mike Piazza’s Italy ends its adventure at the World Baseball Classic 2023 in the quarterfinals, equaling the qualification for the second phase of ten years ago and going out with its head held high against a team that, led by the public, has proven to be superior .