Rimini, Nettuno take series from IBL leaders; Parma, Godo execute sweeps

ROME – Rimini and Nettuno brought the Italian Baseball League into better balance, with key victories over frontrunners Bologna and San Marino.

Both Rimini and Nettuno added two losses to the curriculum vitaes of previously undefeated Bologna and San Marino. 

Rimini used a Saturday doubleheader sweep, 2-0 and 5-4, to mar Bologna’s record.  The 2-0 shutout over Bologna followed Friday night’s 3-0 blanking.  Rimini held Bologna scoreless for the first 19 innings of the series and adds serious question marks to Bologna’s line-up when faced with higher caliber pitching. 

Nettuno scored a major underdog series victory at home over San Marino.  Nettuno entered the series with a 3-5 record and were on the brink of being buried, but managed to take two important games this weekend, putting them just one game behind .500 and adding credibility to themselves as dangerous contenders, if they take care of the ball.

Parma got over the .500 hump, using a couple of 1-run wins and a 10-run knockout versus Grosseto at Nino Cavalli Stadium.  Grosseto's only confort in being in next to last place at 2-10, is that five of those losses come from games lost by 2 runs or less.

Novara continues to remain at the bottom of the league, and has built a strong-lasting relationship with this position since last year.  Godo won each the first two games of the series by only one run.  The 11-inning extra-inning game on Friday night was Novara’s closest taste of victory in 2012.  Godo completed the sweep with a 18-5 game-shortened affair Saturday night.