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Unipol takes down Parma with a big inning, T&A and Nettuno sweep; Palfinger and Ronchi split

Unipol Bolonga chocked up their 21st win of the year in Parma on Saturday evening after they took down the home team by the final score of 9-3. Parma took the lead early in this one with 2 in the 1st and 1 in the 3rd off of Bologna’s starter Richetti, but the tables turned in the 5th when Unipol was able to push 6 runs across, erasing their deficit and creating a permanent one for Parma. Bologna went on to push across another on in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th to go onto the final score of 9 to 3. Munoz’s club out hit their opponent 11 to 8, but missed out on more then a couple of opportunities as they left 14 runners on the sacks.

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T&A San Marino took down Godo for the second time in as many nights by the score of three to nothing. The game was one that was dominated by two strong pitching performances, Da Silva for San Marino and Ribeiro for Godo. In the end it was Da Silva who came out victorious with 7 innings of no run, 3 hit ball. D’Amico came on for the save with a 3 up 3 down 9th inning of work. On the offensive side of the ball their isn’t much to talk about as both teams only collected 4 hits apiece, and it was one hitter in each of the lineups that recorded half of the hit production (Pantaleoni 2 for 4 for San Marino, Caradonna 2 for 3 for Godo).

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New Black Panthers put a stop to Palfinger Reggio Emilia’s march on Saturday afternoon by handing them their first loss in 6 games. The final in this one was 7-6 and it was Litzinger that picked up the win with a very strong performance in relief of Yepez. The combination of Yepez and Litzinger on the mound took care of more then half of the 27 outs via the strikeout as the two combined for 15 on the afternoon (6 Yepez, 9 Litzinger). On the offensive side of the ball it was a big 4th inning that put Ronchi up for good as they took a 7-4 lead thanks to some timely hitting by Collado, Cecotti and Miceu. Reggio did come to within a run of tying the game in the top of the 9th after Marquez did some yard work with a solo shot off of Litzinger with 2 outs, however the righty rebounded right away and picked up the third out of the inning by striking out Macaluso to end the game.

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Erik Epifano was the show in Ronchi dei Legonari on Saturday evening in game two of the double header. The young shortstops performance alone help Reggio get back to their winning ways with strong defense and a very impressive 3 for 3 day with the bat. Epifano racked up three hits, which included a solo shot in the first, 3 RBI’s, 2 walks, and 3 stolen bases. The game started out back and forth for the first couple of frames as Palfinger and Ronchi both scored a run apiece in each of the first two innings. After that neither team was able to do anything till the 6th when Reggio broke the tie thanks to a three run top of the frame. From that point on the visiting team wouldn’t look back as they tacked on one more in the 7th and two more in the 9th to go onto the 8-3 victory.

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Nettuno had to sweat a bit to pick up the victory against Novara in game one on the road. 9 to 6 was the final in this one as the game went into extras.. a result that came about thanks to Nettuno mounting a 4 run comeback over the last 4 frames after Calero’s exit after - 5 innings, 5 hit, 1 run. Bit by bit they chipped away at Franklin Torres as they scored 6 runs (2 earned) off of 7 hits from the 6th to his departure from the game in the 10th after he gave up the go ahead run. Fondin, Harrison, Grimaudo and Imperiali all had multiple hit games for Bagialemani’s club, and it was Romero who picked up the win for Nettuno with 1.1 innings on the bump where he gave up 1 hit and 1 run.

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Nettuno wasted no time in game two of the double header with Novara when they posted 3 runs in the first, two of the three crossing the plate on a long ball by Ben Harrison. The game was already 4-0 in the 4th before Novara was able to get anything going off of De Santis, as the home team did pushed across 2 to make it a 2 run ball game. However Bagilamani’s ball club wouldn’t be denied the sweep as they went onto the 12-6 victory, picking up a game on Parma and staying one ahead of T&A San Marino in the race to the postseason.

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