Team Italy manager Roberto De Franceschi reveals roster for U15 European Baseball Championship in Brno and Trnava

Team Italy manager Roberto De Franceschi reveals roster for U15 European Baseball Championship in Brno and Trnava
Azzurrini manager Roberto De Franceschi has selected 20 players to represent Team Italy in the upcoming U15 European Baseball Championship in Brno, Czech Republic and Trnava, Slovakia

Team Italy manager Roberto De Franceschi has narrowed down the his roster to 20 young and talented baseball players for the U15 European Baseball Championship, which is scheduled to take place in Brno, Czech Republic and Trnava, Slovakia from July 21-25, 2021.

Team Italy is in Group B along with 2019 Euro semifinalist Kingdom of the Netherlands, Austria and Slovakia. Defending Euro champion Germany, Czech Republic, Russia and France are featured in Group A.

The Italians play their first round robin game in Trnava, Slovakia on Wednesday, July 21, against host Slovakia before facing Austria and Kingdom of the Netherlands. Then Team Italy will travel to Brno to enter the final phase of the U15 European Baseball Championship.

After placing second in the 2019 European Baseball Championship, the Azzurrini U15 squad is determined to bring home the gold. Prior to departing for Slovakia, Team Italy will train and prepare for the Euros during an intensive five-day session in Friuli-Venezia Giulia from July 15-19, 2021.

The following players are expected to report in Friuli-Venezia Giulia and participate in the U15 European Baseball Championship:

CognomeNomeRuoloB-TSocietà d'appartenenza
1BarbonaLorenzoP/IFR-TAcademy of Nettuno B. C.
2De DonnoGiacomo MariaC/OFR-RAcademy of Nettuno B. C.
3Di PersiaDanieleP/IFR-LAcademy of Nettuno B. C.
4MazzantiRiccardoP/OFR-RAcademy of Nettuno B. C.
5SabatiniFilippoUTR-RLions Baseball Nettuno
6GalloFrancescoP/OFR-RLions Baseball Nettuno
7CassiniDuccioP/OFR-LBaseball Chianti/Staranzano Ducks
8BernardisMattiaUTR-RStaranzano Ducks
9TaschinGiacomoP/1B/OFL-LBSC Rovigo
10SquarciaRiccardoP/1B/IFR-LOltretorrente B. C.
11CasadioMatteoIFR-RBSC Godo
12CornelliEdoardoIFR-LBaseball Old Rags Lodi/Oltretorrente BC
13BurianiDarioPR-RFerrara BSC/Cral Enrico Mattei
14MagnaniLucaP/OFR-RTorre Pedrera Falcons B. C.
15De BoniChristianCR-RPool 77 Bolzano/Bolzano BC
16FranciniDanielP/IFR-RBaseball Chianti/Fiorentina Baseball
17PellegriniEdoardoPR-RBaseball Softball Verona
18GiovanardiAlexP/OFR-RPoviglio Baseball/Reggio Rays Baseball
19LugliDavideC/P/1BR-RReggio Rays Baseball/Poviglio Baseball
20MarelliMatteoP/IFR-RSenago Milano United BC

In addition, Charles Greene (Catalan Baseball Softball Society / Tigri Baseball Alghero) and John Escobar (Montegranaro ASD Society) have been called up as reserves.

The Team Italy U15 baseball squad staff includes:

1De FranceschiRobertoManager
2MartignoniLucaPitching Coach
5Da RePaoloCoach
9BonaccorsoSimonePreparatore Atletico
10CappucciniAlessandroTeam Manager

Forza #Italia!

by Roberto Angotti

(Photo of Team Italy in the 2019 European Baseball Championship against Kingdom in the Netherlands by Carlo Marcoaldi)