There are four weeks left in the regular season of the Italian Baseball League and the top four teams are separated by only four games.
Of the top four teams in the standings, only one didn’t sweep the last weekend series. Telemarket Rimini, T&A San Marino, and Nettuno all swept their series, while Unipol Bologna split with Parma over the weekend. Despite the split, Bologna is still in second place only two games back of Rimini.
Parma Baseball 5, Unipol Bologna 2 (11)
Unipol Bologna 9, Parma Baseball3
Unipol Bologna fell in extra innings in Game 1 of the weekend. It was a pitchers duel as both starters gave up just a single run, but it was a late rally from Parma that changed the game.
Jose Sanchez gave up just one run in six innings for Parma. He allowed just five hits and struck out eight. Two of those hits came in the first inning that led to the first run of the game. Rosario Reyes (1-for-5) doubled in the first to drive in the only run until the ninth inning for either team.
Raul Rivero tossed eight shutout inning before Parma would get to him for a run in the ninth. In fact he gave up only one hit through the first eight innings, but after a lead off double he was pulled for relief pitcher Roger Luque.
Luque came in and quickly gave up two runs (one charged to Rivero) failing to get through the ninth inning as Parma took a 2-1 lead heading into the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Luca Bischeri (3-for-5) doubled to start the inning. He would later score on a Nicholas Nosti sacrifice fly to tie the game and send it into extra frames.
Neither team could do anything in the tenth inning, but Parma would break through in the eleventh. Stefano Desmoni got the scoring started with a RBI single. He would come around to score later on a tw0-run double by Osman Marval giving Parma a three run lead.
Marcos Tabata would load the bases in the bottom of the ninth with a walk, but got the final two batters to end the game and pick up the win in relief for Parma.
In Game 2, Parma took an early 3-0 lead only to see it slip away when Bologna scored six runs in the fifth inning. They would add another in the eighth and two more in the ninth to win going away and split the series.
Alessandro Vaglio drove in three runs for Bologna going 2-for-3. Nicholas Nosti stole two bases, drove in two runs, and scored two more going 1-for-5.
Osman Marval had a nice game for Parma in the loss driving in two of the three runs while going 3-for-4.
In other Italian Baseball League Action:
Ben Harison homered going 2-for-5 with five runs scored for Nettuno in a Game 1 win. He homered again in Game 2 going 3-for-5.
Riccardo De Santis pitched seven strong innings for Nettuno in Game 2 of the weekend. He gave up just two runs on five hits while striking out seven.
Paolino Ambrosino drove in four runs with a pair of home runs for Nettuno in Game 2 of the weekend going 2-for-4.
Andrea Sgnaolin also homered for Nettuno in Game 2 of the weekend series going 1-for-3 with three walks.
Yoman Bazardo tossed seven innings of one-hit ball while striking out eleven picking up a win for Rimini in Game 1 of the weekend.
Jack Santora and Mario Chiarini both went 4-for-5 with three runs scored in Game 2 of the weekend for Rimini.
Wuillians Vasquez hit his seventh homer of the season for San Marino in Game 1 going 2-for-5.
Mattia Reginato also homered for San Marino in Game 1. It was his fifth of the season.
In Game 2 for San Marino, Tiago da Silva pitched seven shutout innings giving up just three hits to pick up the win.
Jairo Marquez went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI including a solo home run for Palfinger Reggio Emilia in their Game 1 loss.
Erik Epifano scored three times, drove in three runs, and went 3-for-3 in Game 2 for Palfinger Reggio Emilia.
Italian Baseball League Scores:
Nettuno 9, Novara Baseball 6 (11)
Nettuno 12, Novara Baseball 6
Telemarket Rimini 5, Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 0
Telemarket Rimini 7, Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 1
Godo Knights 0, T&A San Marino 9
T&A San Marino 3, Godo Knights 0
Palfinger Reggio Emilia 6, New Black Panthers 7
Palfinger Reggio Emilia 8, New Black Panthers 3
Parma Baseball 5, Unipol Bologna 2 (11)
Unipol Bologna 9, Parma Baseball 3
Italian Baseball League Standings:
1. Telemarket Rimini 23-5
2. Unipol Bologna 21-7
3. Nettuno 20-8
4. T&A San Marino 19-9
5. Parma Baseball 17-10
6. Palfinger Reggio Emilia 14-13
7. New Black Panthers 9-19
8. Novara Baseball 7-20
9. Godo Knights 5-23
10. Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 3-24
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.