Softball pitching coaches Nancy Evans and Becky Blatnick conduct Team Italy clinics in Modena, Bollate and Caprino Veronese

Softball pitching coaches Nancy Evans and Becky Blatnick conduct Team Italy clinics in Modena, Bollate and Caprino Veronese
23/11/2021
University of Arizona softball pitching legends Nancy Evans and Becky Blatnick will conduct three clinics in association with the Team Italy coaching staff from December 5-12, 2021 in Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia and Veneto

Immediately following scheduled athletic strength and conditioning tests in Modena on December 4, 2021, Team Italy pitchers will begin a two-day training camp led by respected softball pitching coaches Nancy Evans and Becky Blatnick on December 5 and 6 in Modena (Emilia-Romagna). Another group of pitchers will be summoned to Bollate (Lombardia) for a second clinic on December 7 and 8 followed by a third group of pitchers in Caprino Veronese (Veneto) on December 10-12, 2021.

Softball legend Nancy Evans excelled as both a player and coach at University of Arizona. In her collegiate path as a pitcher from 1994 to 1998, she tallied 124 total wins and led the Wildcats to three national titles. She later played in the US professional leagues from 1998 to 2005 and became the pitching coach at the University of Arizona. In addition, Nancy Evans was recruited by Kingdom of the Netherlands as a member of the national softball coaching staff.   

Becky Blatnick followed in Nancy Evans’ footsteps at on the University of Arizona pitching mound from from 1998 to 2001. She led the Wildcats to a national title during her senior year and notched a total of 103 wins and 916 strikeouts at U of A.  Becky Blatnick has since worked under Arizona iconic softball skipper Mike Candrea at his Southwest Softball Camp over the years. Mike Candrea served as special advisor to Team Italy prior to the squad embarking to the Tokyo Olympics.

The following seven pitchers and three catchers (italicized) are expected to report in Modena on December 5, 2021:

Last NameFirst NameYear of BirthClub Affiliation
MelegariAlessia2000U.S. GIOVANILE COLLECCHIO SOFT. A.S.D.
AroldiSilvia2005U.S. GIOVANILE COLLECCHIO SOFT. A.S.D.
DesiiSara2005PIANORO SOFTBALL A.S.D.
MorettiLucrezia2005OLD PARMA BASEBALL SOFTBALL CLUB A.S.D.
MarmoAlessandra2006U.S. GIOVANILE COLLECCHIO SOFT. A.S.D.
MilanoKylie2007NEW BOLOGNA SOFTBALL A.S.D.
CacciamaniIlaria1994SOFTBALL CLUB FORLI' A.S.D./ C.S. ESERCITO
CaratiClara2004PIANORO SOFTBALL A.S.D.
GiacomettiNoemi2000THUNDERS & DRAGONS  SOFTBALL -  BASEBALL A.S.D. CASTELLANA
TorreSilvia2002BOLLATE SOFTBALL 1969 A.S.D.

The following eight pitchers and three catchers (italicized) are expected to report in Bollate on December 7, 2021

Last NameFirst Name Year of BirthClub Affiliation
MarazziChiara2001BOLLATE SOFTBALL 1969 A.S.D.
RusconiChiara2001SARONNO SOFTBALL A.S.D.
ManeraDelia2005BOLLATE SOFTBALL 1969 A.S.D.
Di LauroChiara2006BOLLATE SOFTBALL 1969 A.S.D.
BiffiAlessandra2006A.S.D. BOVISIO MASCIAGO 1980
SilvaEmma Stefania2007BOLLATE SOFTBALL 1969 A.S.D.
BigattonLaura1997BOLLATE SOFTBALL 1969 A.S.D.
NicoliniAlice1995SARONNO SOFTBALL A.S.D.
RaviolaElisa2004BOLLATE SOFTBALL 1969 A.S.D.
PrincicElisa2000BUSSOLENGO SOFTBALL 2.0 A.S.D.
TorreSilvia2002BOLLATE SOFTBALL 1969 A.S.D.

The following five pitchers and two catchers (italicized) players are expected to report in Caprino Veronese on December 10, 2021:

Last NameFirst NameYear of BirthClub Affiliation
SalisCarlotta2000THUNDERS & DRAGONS  SOFTBALL -  BASEBALL A.S.D. CASTELLANA
ZumerleMarianna2004BUSSOLENGO SOFTBALL 2.0 A.S.D.
MunarettoValeria2003VICENZA BAS. SOFT. CLUB A.S.D.
SilvoniAnita2006A.S.D. BASEBALL SOFTBALL CLUB ROVIGO
ComarVeronica1995A.S.D. STARS RONCHI-SARONNO SOFTBALL A.S.D.
GiacomettiAgnese2006BUSSOLENGO SOFTBALL 2.0 A.S.D.
ZenariGiorgia2006BUSSOLENGO SOFTBALL 2.0 A.S.D.

Forza #Italia!

by Roberto Angotti

(Photo of Team Italy pitcher Ilaria Cacciamani at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida by Simone Amaduzzi)