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FORLI, BOLLATE SWEEP IN WEEK 5 OF THE ITALIAN SOFTBALL LEAGUE

Italian Softball League frontrunner Legnano finally got stopped in Week 5, but only due to the scheduling.  Undefeated Legnano (6-0) was the odd-team-out and given a bye, while the other 8 ISL teams battled it out against one another.

Second place Fiorini Forli managed to take both games of a doubleheader on the road against Unione Fermana.  In game 1, Forli rolled out to a 6-0 lead and cruised to an easy 9-3 victory.  Serena Filiput went the distance, striking out 12 for Forli to earn the victory.  Fermana's Jen Martinez touched Filiput for a 3-run blast for Fermana's only runs.  In game 2, Forli tightroped past Fermana 6-5.  Fermana was up 5-4 until the top of the sixth when Forli's Katrina Stockford hit a 2-run triple to rally past Fermana and complete the sweep.  Forli's Andrea Montanari pitched 6 innings of relief to earn the win.

In Bollate, Santotint Bollate swatted the visiting Hornets back to Titano.  Bollate and Titano were engaged in two very close affairs, but Bollate edged by the Titano Hornets 3-2 and 2-0.  Deborah Moretto had a complete game victory.  In game 2, Tifanny Pagano struck out 9 and limited the Hornets to just 3 hits en route to a complete game shutout.

Pitcher Ashley LanzMacerata split a doubleheader with hosts Caserta.  Caserta aggressively greeted Macerata in game 1, with a 14-4 pounding that concluded in 4 short innings. Macerata returned the favor with an 11-0 skunking in game 2.  Caserta's Mara Papucci picked up the win for Caserta, while Macerata's Jamee Juarez struck out 12 in her 1 hit shutout victory.  In game 1, Caserta's left side of the infield, Chantal Millar and Mindy Cowles had identical performances at the plate: 2 for 3, 3 RBI, 2 R.  

Nuoro travelled to La Loggia to split a pair of games.  La Loggia struck first with a 4-3 barnburner that required an extra inning to decide.  A throwing error by Nuoro's Lenka Spurna helped send the final runner across the plate.  Elisa Brandino got the win in relief.  In game 2, Nuoro refused to allow La Loggia score in the 2-0 victory for Nuoro.  Moreover, Nuoro's Ashley Lanz wouldn't as much as allow a hit and sent 14 batters back to the bench via the strikeout.  The stingy Lanz finished the game just 1 base on balls away from a perfect game.