Team Italy U15 baseball squads use Alpe Adria tourney to tune up for Euro Championship

Team Italy U15 baseball squads use Alpe Adria tourney to tune up for Euro Championship
01/06/2021
The Team Italy U15 squad takes its first step towards the European Baseball Championship at the Alpe Adra tournament in Staranzano.

Team Italy U15 baseball manager Roberto De Franceschi and his capable staff were pleased with the two squads they coached at the Alpe Adria tournament in Staranzano. With the “White” team winning the tourney and the “Blue” team placing third, the Azzurri squads dominated a field comprised of teams from Austria, Germany and Friuli Venezia-Giulia.  

Team Italy U15 baseball manager Roberto De Franceschi said, "I think it went well, beyond our expectations, considering the many interruptions due to the pandemic. This was the first opportunity to see the condition of the players, and overall we are satisfied because we have found a good group. It was certainly a different experience since we arrived here with masks and underwent all the health procedures. From the moment we entered the bubble, the boys immediately adapted and probably from being cooped up so long they went wild on the field and really enjoyed themselves."

The "White" team scored 47 points while giving up 8 runs during the tournament. The top Azzurri squad demonstrated their dominance with a convincing 5-2 victory over Germany. The "Blue" team was not so lucky against Germany losing 5-2 but had success with wins over Austria and Team Friuli Venezia-Giulia. The “White” team led in batting average (.381), and Germany stole the most bases (23). The “Blue” team had a respectable .279 batting average and stole 19 bases.

Italian skipper Roberto De Franceschi commented, "The 40 players we selected were from the various Regional Academies and recommended by the coaches of their respective territories. They arrived prepared and some performed extremely well. We will now narrow down our roster to a list of 25 players for another friendly tournament in Torino before meeting again in mid-July prior to the European Baseball Championship.” The Euros will take place in Trnava (Slovakia) and Brno (Czech Republic) from July 21-25, 2021. Forza #Italia!

ALPE ADRIA TOURNAMENT RESULTS

by Roberto Angotti

Photo from Team Italy and Friuli Venezia-Giulia game (FIBS Comitato Regionale Friuli Venezia-Giulia)