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SERIES “A” APPROACHES HALFWAY POINT, STILL WIDE OPEN

The Series A Federal Leagues is approaching the midway point of the regular season, and only three games separate first and seventh place in the South Conference.  Reggio Emilia holds a one-game lead over second-place Modena.  Messina, Sala Baganza and Anzio are hot on the trail, too, as they are only two-games off the pace.

In the North Conference, Codogno is still in the driver's seat, with Senago-Milan just one game behind.  Codogno, just nearly avoided falling victim to a sweep in Novara against Senago-Milan this past weekend.  Senago-Milano briefly pulled ahead of Codogno in the standings after taking game 1 (3-2) of the doubleheader.   Codogno required 13 innings to prevail over Senago-Milan 6-5 in the tail end of the doubleheader, thus pushing Senago-Milan back down to second-place.

All other play in the North Conference resulted in sweeps:  Novara fell twice down in Redipuglia, 8-7 and 6-4.  Rovigo took both games at home versus Ponte di Piave, 3-2 and 6-0.  Bollate sent Piacenza back home winless, 12-3 and 2-0.  Juve 98 blew out Cagliari 25-7 and then registered a forfeit victory in the rematch.

In the South Conference, only Reggio Emilia and Anzio were able to manage back-to-back victories to remain undefeated during the weekend.  Reggio Emilia completed the feat at home against Sala Baganza.  Reggio Emilia had been previously statistically tied in first place with Sala Baganza prior to the sweep.  Reggio took the first game 10-8 and followed that up with a 2-1 win.  Sala Baganza now finds itself downgraded to fourth place in the standings, tied with Anzio. 

Anzio pulled off a sweep at home against rival Rome.  Anzio was better than Rome by four runs in both games: 12-8 and 4-0.  The sweep casts Anzio into strong position to compete for a playoff berth down the road.

Action around the South Conference:  Florence-Arezzo topped Collecchio 9-2 before falling 11-1.  Modena toppled Messina 14-3, but Messina countered with a 1-0 blanking.  Viterbo and Poviglio put 24 runs on the board in a 14-10 Viterbo victory; Poviglio fired back with a 6-2 "pitcher's duel" win. 

North Conference Standings                      South Conference Standings