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SERIES “A” LEAGUE STILL WIDE OPEN AFTER WEEK 7

There were three sweeps out of a possible five that occurred in the North Conference as the last out of Week 7 of the Series A Federal League came to an end.  Eurodifarm Codogno fended off a hot Ponte di Piave team to maintain its first place status and claim one of the weekend's sweeps.  Codogno and Ponte Di Piave required 12 innings to decide the Saturday afternoon contest; Codgno inched by Ponte di Piave 6-5.  Game 2 was less dramatic as Codogno cruised out to a 6-0 lead before Ponte di Piave put its lone run on the board in the top of the ninth inning.  Ponte di Piave had only lost three games going into the series with first place Codogno. 

Second-place Senago-Milan United kept pace with Codogno, as United completed a sweep of Turin's Juve 98, 8-5 and 14-2 (7 innings).  Senago-Milan, like Codogno, has only lost two games thus far.  The two teams will square off against each other next week at Novara Stadium.

Piacenza claimed the final sweep of the North Conference in Week 7.  Piacenza greeted last-place Cagliari with aggression; Bollate outhit the Sardinians in afternoon opener to win 12-9.  Bollate spanked Cagliari in the rematch: 17-1 (7 innings).

Rovigo - Redipuglia and Novara - Bollate split their series, each team taking one game.

In the South Conference, Sala Baganza swept its way to the top of the standings aside Reggio Emilia, as it was the only team to perform a sweep in the conference.  Sala Baganza used last-place Poviglio as a stepping stool, winning 7-6 and 4-0.    

After being in sole possession of first place for some weeks, Reggio Emilia now finds itself surrounded by competition.  Reggio Emilia started off Saturday with a big 10-0 blowout over Modena, but Modena returned the shutout, winning 4-0.   Technically, 9-5 Modena can claim rights to first place of the South Conference, but it does remain percentage points behind both Sala Baganza and Reggio Emilia, which are 8-4.  

There were no big surprised in other scheduled events: Viterbo split a pair of games at home versus Anzio 9-5 and 14-3 (8 innings);  Rome kicked Collecchio 8-2 in their first game, while Collecchio rang up Rome 8-5 in the rematch.  Arezzo-Florence was 1 run better than Messina in game 1, but Messina was 1 run better in game 2-both outcomes were 4-3.

NORTH CONFERENCE STANDINGS                            SOUTH CONFERENCE STANDINGS