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LEGNANO SPLITS WITH FORLI BUT STILL IN CHARGE AT ISL MIDWAY POINT

The Italian Softball League has completed the first half of the regular season.  All teams have engaged each other once in the nine weeks of battle, and it is Legnano out in front by three games at the halfway mark.  Legnano boasts a league leading .310 team batting average, producing a league high 87 total runs scored.  Legnano's Clare Warwick is the current ISL batting average leader, terrorizing opponent's pitching at the rate of .476.  Teammate and triple-crown threat Ilaria Pino (.441) provides Legnano with additional firepower.  Pino has launched three home runs on the season and is the ISL RBI leader with 17. 

Legnano split its recent doubleheader with Forli.  Forli pitchers Serena Filiput and Leslie Malerich combined to shut down Legnano's potent attack, allowing just three hits in the 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon.  Legnano and Forli combined for twenty hits in the rematch, but Legnano came out on top 8-5.

La Loggia blew an opportunity to make up some ground on first place Legnano.   La Loggia took game 1 versus Macerata 8-5 and was in prime position to sweep Macerata, but La Loggia gave up three runs in the bottom of the seventh to lose 6-5.  La Loggia's Brenda DeBlaes smacked her league-leading 5th home run in the losing contest.

Bollate traveled to Sardinia and took two from Nuoro.   Pitcher Greta Cecchetti helped Bollate power past Nuoro 5-1 in Saturday's afternoon game.  Cecchetti delivered 7 strong innings and allowed just 4 hits to earn the win.   Bollate completed the sweep with a 6-1 win.  Pitcher Kate Robinson worked seven innings to pick up the W; Robinson also sent the ball flying over the centerfield fence to register a two-run home run.  Robinson has 5 home runs on the season and is even with La Loggia's Brenda DeBlaes.

The Titano Hornets invaded the region of Marche, just off the Adriatic Coast, to attack and swarm the Fermana Softball club.  The Hornets stung Fermana 5-3 in game 1.  Hornet pitcher Alice Ronchetti  (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R) earned a complete game victory.  Fermana actually outhit the Hornets 8 to 5, largely due to Erika Abbruzzetti's 3 for 4 performance.  Hornet Brunella Parma and Fermana's Shayla Cain each had home runs.  The Hornets stung again in the nightcap, registering a 3-0 shutout over Fermana.  ISL ERA leader and queen bee Ashley Hamby earned the win, striking out 11 Fermana batters.

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