Team Italy U18 manager Francesco Aluffi announces roster for European Baseball Championship in Macerata and Montegranaro

Team Italy U18 manager Francesco Aluffi announces roster for  European Baseball Championship in Macerata and Montegranaro
Team Italy U18 manager Francesco Aluffi reveals the names of the 20 players selected to play in next week's European Baseball Championship in Macerata and Montegranaro

After a five-month search for the best U18 Italian baseball players, Team Italy manager Francesco Aluffi has selected 20 players to compete in the European Baseball Championship in Macerata and Montegranaro from July 5-11, 2021. The international tournament is the gateway to the WBSC U18 World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida from September 9-19, 2021 as the two top Euro finishers will qualify to play in American-hosted competition. Team Italy is in Group A, which includes defending Euro champion Kingdom of the NetherlandsFranceLithuania and IsraelGroup B features 2018 runner-up SpainCzech RepublicGermany and Austria. .

Team Italy manager Francesco Aluffi said, "We have a difficult group. The Netherlands are definitely the favorites and will show up with a lot of Antillean players as well as two imports from the United States. They are the team to beat, but Israel should not be underestimated. Group B is more balanced. Spain will be loaded with players from overseas and Latin America so they will be challenging. Germany is a solid group of athletes who have played together since the U15 days. In addition, three German Americans have since joined the roster of the best players from the baseball academies there. Czech Republic is a solid team with strong pitching and good defense."

The Team Italy U18 squad plays its first game against Lithuania on Monday, July 5, 2021. Italian skipper Francesco Aluffi will be assisted at the European Baseball Championship by hitting coach Stefano Cappuccini, bench coach John Cortese, pitching coach Massimiliano Masin, infield coach Davide Sartini, athletic trainer Fabrizio Goracci, physiotherapist Graziano Abbate, and delegation manager Aldo Peronaci.

The following players will represent Team Italy in the U18 European Baseball Championship:

CognomeNomeRuoloSquadra d'appartenenza
1AdorniTommasoOFCrocetta B. C.
2BertoldiNicholasIFNew Black Panthers
3BrunoSamueleCAcademy of Nettuno/Montefiascone B. S. 67
4BrunoVincenzoPStaranzano Ducks B. S. C
5BuinEnricoIF/PCrazy Sambonifacese/BSC Rovigo
6CappucciniFrancescoOF/PB.S.C. Grosseto 1952
7ErcolaniAlessandroPSan Marino B. C./Pittsburgh Pirates
8GamberiniSamueleCFortitudo B.C. 1953
9GiacominiTommasoC/IF/OFBaseball Club Pesaro/Macerata Angels
10GiulianelliEttorePTorre Pedrera Falcons B. C./St. Louis Cardinals
11LolloAlessioOF/IFNew Black Panthers
12LucianiDiegoP/IFB. S. C. Grosseto 1952
13Moronta RodriguezFrancisco JulianIFFortutido BC 1953
14NaniTommaso2BCodogno Baseball '67/Baseball Old Rags Lodi
15NepotiRiccardoPBologna Athletics
16RicciFedericoIF/OFAcademy of Nettuno B. C
17SegretoFrancescoC/IFB. C. Sala Baganza/Carega Park Rangers Sala Baganza
18TaschinLorenzoPBaseball Softball Club Rovigo
19WongWilliamsIFBC Settimo
20ZingarelliEdoardoPRedclay B. S. Castellamonte/Porta Mortara B. S. Novara

Forza #Italia!

by Roberto Angotti

(Photo of pitcher Diego Luciani in Colorno on June 1, 2021 by El Pato73)