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Italy: A Look Back at the 2014 Italian Baseball League


For our first look back on the leagues of 2014, we take a look at the Italian Baseball League.

In the first stage of the league, Unipol Bologna won Group A by four games over T&A San Marino. There was a tie atop Group B after the first stage between Rimini and ASD Parma.

Those four teams headed into phase 2 of the league with Unipol Bologna winding up on top of the group. Bologna won the phase by three games over Rimini who finished just one game ahead of T&A San Marino. Parma struggled finishing nine games out of first and five games out of third.

Finishing in first and second in the semi-final round, Bologna and Rimini would face off in the Italian Baseball Series. Heading into the series, Rimini took two-of-three from Bologna in the final weekend series to hold onto their one game lead over three-time defending champion T&A San Marino who just missed out on a return trip the championship.

The Italian Baseball Series did not disappoint going a full seven games. Rimini took a 2-1 lead in the series early on and then again was one game away from a championship going up 3-2 after five games. However, it wasn’t meant to be for Rimini as Bologna came back to win the final two games of the series to win their first championship since 2009.

Bologna has had a winning tradition over the years winning the European Cup three times since 2009 but not one title in Italy since. In Game 7, Raul Rivero pitched a complete game shutout striking out twelve en route to the series clinching win. Guillermo Rodriguez hit a home run and drove in two runs in the final game winning the Finals MVP.

Bologna 2014 IBL Champions

Bologna 2014 IBL Champions

While Rimini lost out to Bologna in the IBL and to San Marino at the European Champions Cup, they did win the Coppa Italia, or the consolation. They defeated Parma 7-2 in the championship booking themselves a return to the European Cup in 2015.

Awards were also announced for the 2014 season in the Italian Baseball League.

Gold Glove Winners:
First Base: Alex Sambucci
Second Base: Alessandro Vaglio
Third Base: Francesco Fuzzi
Shortstop: Juan Carlos Infante
Outfield: Alex Romero, Stefano Desimoni, Claudio Liverziani
Catcher: Riccardo Bertagnon
Pitcher: Yomel Rivera

Silver Slugger Winners:
First Base: Alex Sambucci
Second Base: Alessandro Vaglio
Third Base: Giuseppe Mazzanti
Shortstop: Willians Vasquez
Outfield: Carlos Duran, Alex Romero e Stefano Desimoni
Catcher: Osman Marval
Designated Hitter: Jairo Ramos

In other IBL news, the 2015 season will return to a single division of eight teams. The new season will kick off March 27/28, 2015 with the first phase ending on May 8/9 and the second phase ending on July 11/12.

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Italy: Bologna Wins 2010 Italian Cup


UGF Fortitudo Bologna wasn’t able to bring home the big prize of the Italian League Championship, but they won the next best thing in the Coppa Italia. It was their 7th Coppa Italia in team history.

After being defeated by Parma, Bologna took on Danesi Nettuno in a best-of-three series. The series didn’t start of great for Bologna as Nettuno took Game 1 in 10 innings 4-3. Bologna bounced back quickly by winning Game 2 in 8 innings under the mercy rule 10-0. In Game 3 Bologna continued its winning ways taking down Nettuno 5-2.

With the victory in the Italian Cup, Bologna earns its way into the 2011 European Tournament of Champions.

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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