Team Italy U12 manager Stefano Burato has announced the names of his 18 Azzurrini players and two reserves for the U12 European Baseball Championship in Trebic, Czech Republic from July 2-6, 2019. Reigning Euro Champion Team Italy kicks off evening tournament action under the lights when the Azzurrini face Belgium on Tuesday, July 2 at 6 pm (local time). The Italian squad returns for an afternoon game against France on Wednesday, July 3 at 3 pm (local time). Team Italy concludes Pool A play with a battle against the Netherlands on Thursday, July 4 at 3 pm (local time). The top two teams in Pool A will compete against the best two teams from Pool B (Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Russia) in the semifinals on Friday, July 5. The U12 European Baseball Championship final will take place on Saturday, July 6 at 5 pm (local time).
Skipper Stefano Burato will be assisted by coaches Simona Conti, Marco Bortolotti, Ivano Licciardi, and pitching coach Alessandro Rosa Colombo. The following players will report to Buttrio on June 28 for a mini-camp prior to departing for the U12 European Championship: Martin Anselmi, OF/P (Rho Baseball / Saronno Softball); Jordan Ariani, C/INF (Poilisportiva Padule Baseball); Riccardo Baldisserri, INF/P/C (Tozzona Baseball Imola); Nicolò Baltieri, INF/P/C (Crazy Sambonifacese Baseball Softball); Thomas Bondi, P/OF/1B (San Marino Baseball Club); Nicola Cepparulo, P (Poviglio Baseball); Noemi Cortesi, P/INF (Junior Rimini / Softball Club Forlì); Federico De Cristan, OF (Crazy Sambonifacese Baseball Softball); Daniele Di Persia, P/INF/OF (Academy of Nettuno Baseball Club); Alessandro Gamberini, P/1B (Fortitudo Baseball Club 1953); Matteo Giorgeschi, P/C/INF (Baseball Softball Club Arezzo); Riccardo Mazzanti, P/INF/OF (Academy of Nettuno Baseball Club); Lucciano Abraham Munoz Liendo, INF (Reggio Baseball); Aldo Pavarani, INF/P (Baseball Club Sala Baganza); Matteo Raimondi, P/INF (San Martino Junior Baseball Softball); Mattia Leon Ruggeri, INF (Junior Rimini); Filippo Sabatini, P/C/INF (Polisportiva San Giacomo B.C.); Patrick Silva, P/INF (Vercelli Baseball Softball); Reserves: Lucia Blunda, 1B/INF (Grizzlies Torino 48 Baseball Club); and Manuel Metalli, C/INF/OF (Junior Rimini). Forza #Italia! #LetsMakeItHappen
by Roberto Angotti