Nettuno passed another “BIG” test on Saturday afternoon and evening against Rimini. In game one the “Nettunesi” bats did all the talking as the team collected a combined 15 hits in 9 innings of play on their way to a 4-3 victory. Nettuno found themselves behind after one inning of play thanks to a long ball off the bat of Romero which put Rimini up 2-0. With Pizziconi coming out after an inning, Milvio Andreozzi came on and pretty much silenced the Pirates offensive for 5 frames (5.0 ip, 4 h, 1 r) on his way to the ‘W’. Nettuno took the lead in the 7th when they pushed 2 runs across, going up at that time by 2 thanks to an RBI double by Ambrosino and an RBI single by Grimaudo. Romero came on for the last 3 innings to pick up the save for Bagialemani’s club. The right-hander faced 9 batters in his outing, giving up only 1 hit. The newly acquired Bazardo lasted only 3.2 for Rimini, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, and 3 walks.
All hats off to Riccardo De Santis for his complete game masterpiece. The veteran went all 9 as he completely shut down Rimini’s offensive, putting up zero’s across the board. Rimini’s starter, Roberto Corradini, looked strong for the first 5 innings as he kept pace with De Santis’s outing, but the righty absolutely collapsed in the 6th as he allowed 6 earned runs to cross the plate. Rimini was only able to muster up 5 hits in the game off of De Santis, a rarity, as this offense is considered one of the best in the league. As for Nettuno, 8 of 9 batters in the starting lineup reached base on hits, Fondin recorded two himself and Sparanga knocked in two.
Palfinger comes out victorious in their match up with Grosseto on the road (4-3). Reggio Emilia was able to break a four game loosing streak as they scored their first runs over their last three games. The game was scoreless for the first three innings until Reggio’s first baseman, Biagini, drove in Marquez on a double to left-center. Epifano then scored the second run of the game when he crossed the plate thanks to a wild pitch after having tripled to right-center. Toshiba Enegan Grosseto tied the contest at two after they picked up a run in the 5th and 6th thanks to RBI’s by Santaniello and Giovannini. In the top of the 9th Palfinger scored 2 off of two RBI singles by Bertoli and Quintavalla. Grosseto gave it their best in their last attack, coming up just short. Acosta was able to close the door by striking out Morini. Acosta picked up the win for Reggio (3.1 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 3 so).
(Game two between Toshiba Enegan Grosseto and Palfinger Reggio Emilia was called in the top of the second due to heavy rainfall with Reggio up 2-0. The game will be made up on a date to be determined.)
Parma came out on top at home against Novara in a 6 inning, rain shortened game, by a score of 5 to 1. Novara took an early lead against Sanchez when they scored one in the third thanks to a couple of hits and a wild pitch that allowed Musumeci to score the games first run. Parma bounced right back with 2 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th as the offense constructed a nice lead off of 5 hits. Desimoni, Marval and Benetti all drove in a run for Parma, with Marval going 2 for 3 in the game. Sanchez threw all 6 innings for the win, he gave up only 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and struck out 7 of 24 batters faced.
(Game two was canceled due to rain. The game is yet to be rescheduled.)
T&A San Marino was able to walk away with a tie in their two game series with Unipol Bologna thanks to 10 runners left on base by the visiting team. Jim Magrane picked up the win for San Marino, getting threw 5 innings of scoreless ball (5 ip, 2 h, 5 bb, 6 so) before handing the rock over to Cooper and Cubilan. It’s easy to say that Bologna had their chances in this one, but they just were not able to capitalize in key situations, which eventually led to a fairly easy victory for T&A. San Marino’s offense collected 10 hits in the ball game, 3 of which went for extra bases. D’Angelo (Bologna’s starting pitcher) was knocked out of the game in the 5th after giving up 4 runs (2 earned). The game finished 5 to 1 in the box score.
The IBL week 8 schedule concludes today between Godo and The New Black Panthers.