Giovanni Garbella, who attended Bird Rock Elementary and Muirlands Middle school and now attends Cathedral Catholic High school, played for the Italian National team that won the European Junior U18 Baseball Championship held in Prague, Czech Republic recently.
In recognition of his outstanding tournament, garbella received the MVP award. He ended with a .407 Ba, .452 OBP, and .778 sLg with one home run, two triples, three doubles, eight runs, eight RBIs and 21 total bases in six games. Italy beat the Czech Republic, 9-3, in the final game and Holland beat spain for third place. Other participating teams were germany, sweden, Russia, France, Belgium, ukraine (in order of final standings).
the next tournament for garbella and the Italian team will be the u18 Baseball World Championship in taiwan, aug. 30-sept. 8, where they will compete in Pool B with australia, Colombia, Cuba, south Korea and the usa (defending champions). Pool a includes Canada, Czech Republic, Japan, Mexico, taiwan and Venezuela.