The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has requested that the Organizing Committee of Tijuana, Mexico and the Mexican government postpone the WBSC U15 Baseball World Cup due to the current pandemic and restrictions on international travel. Team Italy qualified for the U15 Baseball World Cup after defeating the Netherlands in the U15 European Baseball Championship semifinals at Steno Borghese Stadium in Nettuno on July 19, 2019. Germany, the other European representative in the upcoming U15 Baseball World Cup, beat Team Italy 10-3 in the 2019 U15 European Baseball Championship final on the following night.
Team Italy U15 manager Roberto De Franceschi has his eyes set on the 2021 U15 European Championship, which is scheduled for the third week of July in Trnava, Slovakia and Brno, Czech Republic. Then the Azzurrini skipper will get his young and talented baseball squad prepared for the WBSC U15 Baseball World Cup in Tijuana. Defending champion USA, host Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela, Guam, Chinese Taipei, Japan, and South Africa round out the field of fierce competitors. USA defeated Panama in the 2018 WBSC U15 World Cup final, while Chinese Taipei placed third. Forza #Italia!
by Roberto Angotti