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LEGNANO, CASERTA SCORE BIG SWEEPS IN WEEK 8 OF ISL

The Italian Softball League's standings underwent a structural change after the last out was recorded in Week 8.  Fiorini Forli and Madige La Loggia had been in a two-way tie in second place over the past few weeks, but both teams were dealt a big blow, falling victims to a series sweep. 

AMGA Legnano's back to back victories over visiting La Loggia, put the softballers from Lombardy in prime position in the standings with a 3 game lead.  In game 1, Legnano and La Loggia put together a combined 18 hits.  Legnano used 6 runs in the final 2 innings to come out on top 9-6.  La Loggia's Samanta Valsania smacked the softball around, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI, but Legnano countered with Ilaria Pino's 2 for 2, 3 runs and 3 RBI performance.  Legnano got backup support from Franci Rossini (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and Verity Long Droppert (3 for 4, 1 rib).  Michela Musitelli (6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R) got credit for the win.  In game 2, both teams collected 4 hits apiece.  Legnano's Qing Zhang (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R) outdueled La Loggia's Kelly Hardie (7 IP, 4 H, 3 R) to register the extra-inning 3-2 win.  Kate Judd (2 RBI) and Clare Warwick (2 for 3, 1 R) powered the Legnano offensive attack.

Caserta reasserted itself as a contender in the ISL.  The 2009 Champion had gotten off to a slow start in 2010, but the sweep over Fiorini Forli confirms that the softballers from Campania are not to be taken lightly and that a title defense is not out of the question.  Caserta topped Forli 8-7 in game 1; Mara Papucci picked up the complete game victory. Caserta ended game 2 prematurely: 8-1 (6 innings); Karina Cannon (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R) earned the win for Caserta.  Caserta now finds itself enjoying the status of second-place in the ISL due to its broad jump over Forli and La Loggia.

La Loggia (8-6) and Forli (8-6) now sit in the middle of the ISL standings, but both Bollate (7-7) and Nuoro (7-7) are on their tails.  Bollate swept its series with Unione Fermana 3-2 and 10-1 (5 innings).  Greta Cecchetti got the complete game victory for Bollate in game 1, while Kate Robinson shut down Fermana in game 2 to earn the win and helped her own cause with 2 RBI of her own.  Bollate leadoff batter, Saskia Kosterink had a big game at the plate: 2 for 3, including a home run, 2 R, and 3 RBI.

Museo d'Arte Nuoro split a pair of games with Mosca Macerata.  Nuoro took the opening game 5-1.  Nuoro pitcher Paola Cavallo silenced Macerata over seven innings to receive credit for the win.  Cavallo also went 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBI, while teammate Ambra Collina went 2 for 3, bagging 2 RBI and scoring a run. Pitcher Manda Chandler and Macerata smoked Nuoro in the nightcap 2-0.  Chandler sizzled over seven innings, only allowing 5 hits, while accumulating 9 strikeouts.  Macerata's Marta Gambella (2 for 3, 1 RBI) was the lone player to get more than 1 hit.

The Titano Hornets stayed in their hive with a Week 8 bye.   

Italian Softball League Standings