After successfully defending the U12 European Championship title, Team Italy manager Stefano Burato has his young and talented players focused on the upcoming WBSC Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan from July 26-August 4, 2019. In preparation for the U12 World Championship, the Azzurrini will play in an international tournament featuring the Italian U13 team as well as the Czech Republic’s U12 and U13 squads from July 15-18 in Buttrio (Udine). Following the pre-World Cup competition, the U12 team will meet in Rome at the Giulio Onesti Olympic Training Center in Acquacetosa on July 22 for intensive training prior to departing the following day to Taiwan.
Italian skipper Stefano Burato will be accompanied by coaches Simona Conti, Marco Bortolotti, Ivano Licciardi, pitching coach Alessandro Rosa Colombo, physiotherapist Cristina Minneci, team physician Simone Polloni, delegation team manager Aldo Peronaci, and FIBS media representative Kevin Senatore.
The following Team Italy players have been selected to participate in the WBSC U12 Baseball World Cup: Martin Anselmi, OF (Rho Baseball / Saronno Softball); Jordan Ariani, C/OF (Poilisportiva Padule Baseball); Riccardo Baldisserri, 1B/P/C (Tozzona Baseball Imola); Nicolò Baltieri, INF/P/C (Crazy Sambonifacese Baseball Softball); Luca Blunda, 1B/INF (Grizzlies Torino 48 Baseball Club); Thomas Bondi, P/1B (San Marino Baseball Club); Nicola Cepparulo, P/1B (Poviglio Baseball); Noemi Cortesi, P/1B (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//INF (Baseball Softball Club Arezzo); Riccardo Mazzanti, P/OF (Academy of Nettuno Baseball Club); Lucciano Abraham Munoz Liendo, P/INF/OF (Reggio Baseball); Aldo Pavarani, P/INF (Baseball Club Sala Baganza); Matteo Raimondi, P/INF/OF (San Martino Junior Baseball Softball); Mattia Leon Ruggeri, INF (Junior Rimini); and Filippo Sabatini, P/C/INF (Polisportiva San Giacomo B.C.); Forza #Italia! #LetsMakeItHappen
by Roberto Angotti