After loosing three separate finals in less then 12 months (2012 Italian Cup, 2013 European Champions Cup, and the 2013 Italian Baseball Series) the Rimini Pirates, lead by their manager Chris Catanoso, were finally able to break their winless streak with a 5-4 victory in the decisive game three of the Italian Cup finals over Nettuno. The victory was not an easy one, as it was Nettuno who had built a two run lead in the top of the 9th on a two out double to right center off the bat of Imperiali that drove in both Mazzanti and Grimaudo. However with two outs in Rimini’s half of the 9th a triple to straight away center by Di Fabio scored both Cit and Babini accounting for two of the three unearned runs scored in the frame. The scoring was topped off with the winning run when the very next better, Gomez, came up with an infield single to the left side of the diamond that allowed Di Fabio to score from third.
Game one of this best of three Italian Cup finals went the way of the Pirates on Friday evening by the final of 10 to 7. Nettuno went on top first in this one with three quick runs in the top of the 1st off of Cherubini, however that 3 run cushion was quickly erased in the Rimini half of that very same inning when they were able to cross 4 off of Milvio Andreozzi. Rimini tacked on 4 more in the 3rd, which ended Andreozzi’s line at 2.1 innings pitched and a very disappointing 8 earned runs surrendered. Nettuno made it a game in the 7th when they put up 2 off of Cherubini and another 2 off of Enorbel Marquez to pull to within a single run, however in the bottom of that same inning Rimini picked up two more, pushing the score to 10-7, exactly where it would finish. 16 hits were picked up in the game by Rimini to Nettuno’s 8.
Game two on Saturday afternoon went the way of Nettuno thanks to a gutsy complete game performance by Riccardo De Santis. The game started off with a 3 run top of the 1st by Rimini, however it would be all the Pirates offense would be able to get on the day. Nettuno started to make their comeback slowly but surely with a run in the 3rd and 4th, with the big blows coming in a three run 6th and 2 run 7th. The final in this one was 7 to 3, with Nettuno being able to push a decisive game 3.
The final game of this year’s Italian Cup ended with Rimini finally being able to get the ‘monkey off their backs’ win an impressive 5-4 9th inning comeback win. Picking up the win for the Pirates was Enorbel Marquez while on the other side of the ball Massimiliano Masin suffered the loss in relief. With the win Rimini has now assured themselves a spot in the 2014 European Champions Cup that will be played out next summer in the Czech Republic and Germany.