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Team Italy women’s softball manager Federico Pizzolini selects 19 players to participate in Florida Spring Training

Taking over for the late and great Enrico Obletter, new Team Italy women’s softball manager Federico Pizzolini along with Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball Vice President Roberta Soldi are making big strides in preparing the powerful Azzurre squad for the upcoming European Softball Championship in late June and Tokyo Olympics in July. One huge step forward is this month’s Florida Spring Training, which will include four exhibition games against USA in Vero Beach from April 15-21, 2021 and a pair of doubleheaders against Canada in Fort Myers from April 25-26, 2021.

The Team Italy women’s softball squad has prepared for these friendly games after extensive training in Pescara and Friuli Venezia Giulia. The Florida Spring Training will provide a snapshot of two of its foes in Japan. The first challenge against USA will take place at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach on April 15, 2021 at 5 pm (Eastern Time), and the remaining three games will be played every other day through April 21, 2021. Then the Azzurre will travel to the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, where Canada will host two doubleheaders on April 25 and 26 with games at 11 am and 1:30 pm (Eastern Time).

Team Italy manager Federico Pizzolini will be assisted by coaches Giovanna Palermi, Julio La Rosa Zequeira, and Giulio Brusa. Physiotherapists Elio Paolini and Ulisse Hernandez, athletic trainer Francesca Ambrouso, team physician Dr. Alessandro Butta, and delegation manager Claudia Venturini will also lend their support. 

The following players are traveling from Italy to participate in the 2021 Florida Spring Training:

Brittany Abacherli, IF

Priscilla Brandi, IF

Ilaria Cacciamani, P

Greta Cecchetti, P

Melany Sheldon, IF

Marta Gasparotto, C / IF

Giulia Longhi, IF

Elisa Grifagno, IF

Alexia Lacatena, P

Fabrizia Marrone, OF

Alice Nicolini, P

Erika Piancastelli, C / OF

Beatrice Ricchi, OF

Silvia Torre, IF

Laura Vigna, OF

In addition, Amanda Fama (IF), Andrea Filler (IF), Andrea Howard (IF / OF) and Emily Carosone (IF) will join the team in Florida as they currently reside in the US.  Forza #Italia! #PerEnrico

by Roberto Angotti