T&A San Marino continued their dominance over the rest of the IBL with a decisive game five victory against the Rimini Pirates in Rimini on Sunday evening. The final in this decisive game five was 4-1 with the win going to Jim Magrane, his second victory one the weekend. Magrane tossed 7 innings and 120 pitches before being relieved by th lefty Cooper, it was a very gutsy performance to say the least. Joseph Mazzuca got things started with a solo-homer in the second for San Marino, a momentum grabber that paved the way for T&A’s historic series comeback. This is the third consecutive title T&A San Marino, becoming the first organization to accomplish such a feat since Europhon Milano from 1966 to 1968.
On Sunday evening in Rimini, T&A San Marino’s manager, Bindi, was thinking outside the box when he made the seemingly impossible choice of sending Jim Magrane to the bump to start game 5, especially seeing as if this very same righty threw 108 pitches in the turn around game three of the Italian Baseball Series just 48 hours earlier. On the other side of the field Rimini and Chris Catanoso (manager) decided that they were going to go with the lefty, Marquez, who had also thrown quite a few pitches on Friday. Magrane’s performance was lights out in game five, picking up a courageous win thanks to a determined performance. The American righty tossed 7 innings of shutout ball, racking up a total of 120 pitches in the game. As for Marquez, he did his job and gave his ball club a chance to win. The lefty may have been a little erratic at times, however he battled around some tight situations, giving up only two runs in the game, one coming in the second inning with a solo-shot off the bat of Mazzuca, and another in the 6th when Reginato crossed the plate on an infield single by Albanese. San Marino was able to tack on another two insurance runs in the top of the 9th, the first one coming on a RBI single up the middle by Albanese, which scored Mazzuca. A few batters later Albanese was able to complete the circle around the base paths to score on a wild pitch that came out of the hand of the Rimini’s young pitcher, Cherubini. In the 9th the Pirates did bring the tying run to the plate with no one out and the two big bats of Castro and Chiarini due up at the dish. However, Castro proceeded to ground into a the 5-4-3 double play, taking the wind out of the sail of the Pirates ‘Ship’ hopes for good. They did pick up one in the inning on a single to right by Chiarini, but the very next batter, Gomez, ended the game when he grounded out to second.
In the end the 2013 season turns out to be another championship for T&A San Marino, making it their third consecutive title, and maybe their most deserved and hardest fought of them all. Rimini will now play on for one more week in the Italian Cup tournament finals with a chance at returning to the 2014 European Champions Cup. Their opponent, Nettuno..