Parma Clima returns to Euro Baseball Champions Cup throne for 14th time after 22-year absence

Parma Clima returns to Euro Baseball Champions Cup throne for 14th time after 22-year absence
17/07/2021
Parma Clima defeated the Bonn Capitals 6-4 to win the European Baseball Champions Cup title, while UnipolSai Fortitudo Bologna settled for third place with a 11-9 victory over Curaçao Neptunus in Ostrava, Czech Republic on July 17, 2021

Parma Clima won its 14th European Baseball Champions Cup title in club history after a long 22-year wait by beating the Bonn Capitals 6-4 in the final game of the international competition in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Saturday, July 17, 2021. MVP Alex Sambucci proved his weight in gold for Parma Clima. In addition to slugging a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, he hit an RBI double and later scored on an RBI single from catcher Giulio Monello in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure the victory for Parma Clima. Stefano Desimoni (2-for-4, BB, R), Leo Rodriguez (1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, R) and Cesare Astorri (2-for-4, 2-2B, R) also had great success at the plate. Pitchers Mattia Aldegheri, Danny Rondon, Julio Vivas and Jose Campos got the job done for Parma Clima.

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After narrowly losing 5-4 to Parma Clima the day prior in the European Baseball Champions Cup semi-finals, UnipolSai Fortitudo Bologna beat Curaçao Neptunus 11-9 in the battle for the bronze on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Starting pitcher Nick Pugliese threw 4.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts and three walks. Relievers William Johnson, Filippo Crepaldi and Henry Rodriguez combined their efforts to seal the deal for UnipolSai Fortitudo Bologna. Lorenzo Dobboletta (3-for-6, HR, 4 RBI, R), Ericson Leonora (4-for-4, 2B, 2R), Riccardo Bertossi (2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, 2R), Ernesto Liberatore (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2R), Alessandro Grimaudo (2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2R), and Daniel Monti (3-for-5, 1 R) contributed to the Italian offensive attack. Forza #italia!

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by Roberto Angotti

(Photo of Parma Clima slugger Alex Sambucci by Manguera Prensa)