2023 European Baseball Championship adventure begins for Team Italy

2023 European Baseball Championship adventure begins for Team Italy
06/09/2023
27 Azzurri players have been selected to participate in the Italian Baseball Challenge tournament in Friuli Venezia Giulia prior to the start of the European Baseball Championship in the Czech Republic

As Team Italy approaches the XXXVII European Baseball Championship, which will take place in the Czech Republic from September 24-October 1, 2023, 27 players will report to Ronchi dei Legionari on September 14, 2023 to prepare for the Italian Baseball Challenge tournament against Switzerland and Croatia in Friuli Venezia Giulia on September 16 and 17. Azzurri manager and National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza hopes to improve on his squad’s bronze-medal finish in the Euros in Torino two years ago. 

Training begins on September 14 in Ronchi dei Legionari and continues in Cervignano and Trieste before the start of the Italian Baseball Challenge tournament on the diamonds of Prosecco and Ronchi with the support of the New Black Panthers and the Junior Alpina. 

The tournament schedule is as follows::

September 16, 2023 at Prosecco-Trieste

3 pm (local time) Switzerland-Italy

September 17, 2023 at Ronchi dei Legionari

1:30 pm (local time) Croatia-Switzerland

6 pm (local time) Italy-Croatia

Italian skipper Mike Piazza will be assisted by bench coach Gianguido Poma, coaches Gian Mario Costa, Michele Gerali, Alessandro Fanfoni and Daniele Santolupo, pitching coach Rolando Cretis, bullpen coach Roberto Corradini, physiotherapist Marco Mennella, team physician Dr. Davide Ortolina and delegation manager Massimo Baldi.

The 27 players below will compete for the 24 roster spots available for the European Baseball Championship:

Last Name First Name Position B T Club AffiliationCurrent Club
Aldegheri Mattia P R R 1949 PARMA BASEBALL CLUB  
Andretta Maurizio P R R VITERBO BASEBALL CLUB FORTITUDO BASEBALL BOLOGNA
Annunziata Andres C R R ACADEMY OF NETTUNO B.C. NETTUNO B.C. 1945
Artitzu Marco P R R PORTA MORTARA BAS. SOFT. NOVARA BASEBALL SOFTBALL CLUB GROSSETO 1952
Astorri Cesare 1B,DH R R 1949 PARMA BASEBALL CLUB  
Bassani Alex P R R FORTITUDO BASEBALL BOLOGNA  
Batista Nathanael OF R R REGGIO RAYS BASEBALL SAN MARINO BASEBALL CLUB
Bocchi Matteo P R R 1949 PARMA BASEBALL CLUB  
Celli Federico OF R R SAN MARINO BASEBALL CLUB  
Davis Nick P R R NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, BOSTON - USA  
D'Orazio JJ C R R REGGIO RAYS BASEBALL   AMARILLO SOD POODLES (AZ) DOUBLE A
Epifano Erick 3B,SS R R SAN MARINO BASEBALL CLUB  
Friscia Jr Vito C,1B,OF R R LEHIGH VALLEY IRON PIGS (PHI) TRIPLE A  
Garcia Robel UTL R R FORTITUDO BASEBALL BOLOGNA  
Mercuri Mattia 2B,SS R R NETTUNO B.C. 1945  
Mineo Alberto C L R NEW BLACK PANTHERS RONCHI 1949 PARMA BASEBALL CLUB
Monello Giulio C R R 1949 PARMA BASEBALL CLUB  
Paolini Ricardo 2B R R REGGIO RAYS BASEBALL FORTITUDO BASEBALL CLUB 1953
Pinazzi Nicolò P L L MILANO BASEBALL 1946 DAYTONA TORTUGAS (CIN) SINGLE A
Poma Sebastiano OF L L COLLECCHIO B.C. 1949 PARMA BASEBALL CLUB
Pomponi Francesco P R R OLTRETORRENTE BASEBALL CLUB 1949 PARMA BASEBALL CLUB
Quattrini Gabriele P R R BASEBALL CLUB LE PANTERE POTENZA PICENA MACERATA ANGELS
Robles Federico P R R FORTITUDO BASEBALL BOLOGNA  
Scotti Claudio P R R FORTITUDO BASEBALL BOLOGNA  
Sellaroli Andrea 2B,OF R R NETTUNO B.C. 1945  
Sireus Mattia P R R BASEBALL SOFTBALL CLUB GROSSETO 1952  
Vassalotti Michele P R R REGGIO RAYS BASEBALL WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (MIL) HIGH A  

2023 EUROPEAN BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE 
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Forza #Italia!

by Roberto Angotti

(Photo of Team Italy after winning the bronze medal at the 2021 European Baseball Championship by K73 NADOC)