Spain took the top prize at the Italian Baseball Week thanks to a 5 to 2 victory over Italy on Tuesday evening in Verona. Mauro Mazzotti’s Spain was able to hold the Italian offense to just three hits in the game, with the win going to Leslie Nacar who pitched 2 perfect innings out of the pen. The save was picked up by Remigio Leal who put up a zero in both the 8th and 9th. Spain scored in the 2nd when Martinez came around to score. They then ended up falling behind when Italy scored in the bottom of the 2nd on a pass ball, and again in the 3rd on an RBI double to left off the bat of Sambucci. Span tied the game in the 4th off of Morreale when Martinez scored on a groundout to second. In the top of the 6th Spain picked up another run off of Richetti to take the 3-2 lead, and then in the top of the 7th they were able to cross another two runs off of Teran on a 2 RBI double off the bat of Figueroa to put the score at its final of 5-2
The list of 24 ball players that will be suiting up with the Italian colors at the European Championship which begins on the 12th of September in Regensburg, Germany and Ostrava, Czech Republic will included:
Pitchers (11) Colla (AA Tampa Bay Rays), Crepaldi (Fortitudo BO), D'Amico, Morreale, Teran (San Marino), Da Silva (Ciudad del Carmen-Mexican League), Escalona (Rimini), Florian (Città di Nettuno), Richetti (Nettuno2), Rivera (Parma), Venditte (AA NY Yankees)
Catchers (3) Mineo (Rookie League Cubs), Reginato (San Marino), Sabbatani (Fortitudo BO)
Infielders (6) Epifano (Padova), Infante, Vaglio (Fortitudo BO), Liddi (AA LA Dodgers), Mazzuca (San Marino), Sambucci (Parma)
Outfielders (4) Avagnina (San Marino), Chiarini (Rimini), Desimoni (Parma), Ermini (Grosseto)
The National Team staff will be made up of Manager Marco Mazzieri, Bench Coach Marco Nanni, Pitching Coach Bill Holmberg, 1st Base Coach Aususto Medina, 3rd Base Coach Alberto D’Auria, Bull Pen Coach Gilberto Geriali, Batting Practice Coach Claudio Vecchi, Athletic Trainer Gianni Natale, Team Doctor Andrea Pellegrini, Trainer Massimo Baldi and Team Psychologist Rafael Colon.
The Italians are in search of their 3rd consecutive European Championship, having won in both 2010 and 2012.