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Italy: First Week News and Notes From Italian Baseball League

The Italian Baseball League (IBL) kicked off the 2015 season this past weekend. Seven teams are looking to dethrone Unipol Bologna after they claimed the 2014 title. Bologna got off to a slow start losing game one of the season to Tommasin Padova.

Both T&A San Marino and Rimini swept their series to start off the season. But perhaps the best series was between Parma and the Godo Knights who split. Game 1 went an extra frame with both teams scoring, but in the end it was a walk-off win for Parma on a Claudio Biagini RBI single.

Game 2 of the series was just as close, but this time the Knights would prevail winning 2-1. The Knights were backed by a solid start from Matteo Galeotti who tossed seven innings giving up just one unearned run on three hits. Nicolo Loardi pitched the final two outs of the game to pick up the save. All of the Knights offense came in the seventh inning on a two-run double by Adolfo Gomez.

In other league action:

Guillermo Rodriguez had a strong second game for Bologna hitting a two-run home run going 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Alessandro Vaglio also had a big day at the plate for Bologna going 2-for-5 with three RBI and scored four times.

Massimiliano Satori had a big game leading Tommasin Padova to a win over defending champ Bologna in Game 1 of hte year. He hit a grand slam, drove in five runs, and went 2-for-3 in the win.

Italian Baseball League Scores:

Parma 4, Godo Knights 3 (10 innings) Box
Parma 1, Godo Knights 2 Box

Angel Service Nettuno 2 1, T&A San Marino 4 Box
Angel Service Nettuno 3, T&A San Marino 7 Box

Rimini 5, Nettuno 2 Box
Rimini 3, Nettuno 2 Box

Unipol Bologna 4, Tommasin Padova 6 Box
Tommasin Padova 4, Unipol Bologna 16 Box

Italian Baseball League Standings:

1. Rimini 2-0
2. T&A San Marino 2-0
3. Godo Knights 1-1
4. Lino’s Coffee Parma 1-1
5. Tommasin Padova 1-1
6. Unipol Bologna 1-1
7. Angel Service Netunno 2 0-2
8. Nettuno 0-2

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IBL UPDATE: Knights Ink Villalobos

ITALY – The Godo Knights of the Italian Baseball League (IBL) have signed former minor leaguer Carlos Villalobos (pictured) for the 2010 IBL season. The Colombian utility player enjoyed a six-year career in the farm systems of the Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros.

The 34-year-old arrives on the old continent after successful stints with several U.S. indy league teams, as well as in the professional leagues in Colombia, Mexico and Taiwan.

Telemarket Rimini has signed veteran Australian infielder/outfielder Clinton Balgera for the upcoming IBL season. The Pirates finished the 2009 regular season tied atop the IBL standings with Fortitudo Bologna.

The 34-year-old, who is projected to play first base for coach Mauro Mazzotti, is no stranger to the IBL and played in Italy for seven seasons (2002-08) with Parma and Rimini. In 316 IBL games, Balgera has a career .281 batting average.

Montepaschi Grosseto has signed American pitcher William Horn. The New York native previously pitched in the IBL with T&A San Marino in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 9-11 record with a 3.91 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 147 1/3 innings.

Photo courtesy of Yuma Scorpions

(IBL Update is a BaseballdeWorld regular feature by freelance writer Dave Charleston)

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IBL Club Hires American Skipper

ITALY – The North East Knights of the Italian Baseball League have hired American skipper Steve Weidner for the 2010 season. Weidner served as a player/coach for the second division club Arezzo last year.

The 35-year-old Weidner (pictured, middle) debuted in the IBL with Godo in 2001 before bouncing around with clubs in Imola and Novara. He arrived at Arezzo in 2006 and led the third division team to the 2008 Series B title and a promotion to the second division, Series A2.

The Scranton, Pennsylvania native, who will be assisted by assistant coaches Daniele Fuzzi and Omar Valdes, also has an Italian passport due to his mother’s European roots.

T&A San Marino has signed Venezuelan left-hander Jose Escalona to add depth to its pitching corps for the 2010 season. The promising hard-throwing prospect has pitched the past two seasons in Italy’s second division.

The 24-year-old dominated Series A2 hitters last season allowing just 49 hits in 101 2/3 innings while going 10-2 for Picena with a 1.24 ERA and 179 strikeouts.

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The Telemarket Rimini Pirates have inked former minor league pitcher Harold Eckert to replace 2009 ace Rafael Garcia this upcoming season.

The 32-year-old attended Florida Int’l University (FIU) where he garnered second team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. He later signed with the New York Mets and was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A) in 2007 before getting released.

The Perth Amboy, Jersey native pitched in the Mexican League the past two seasons.

(IBL Update is a BaseballdeWorld regular feature by freelance writer Dave Charleston)

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IBL Update: Catania Adds Cuban Hitter

ITALY – The newest club in the Italian Baseball League, Catania Warriors, continues to prepare for the upcoming season with a slew of signings. The Sicilian squad inked former Cuban League slugger Rolexis Molina and a pair of former Nettuno players, Ramon Tavarez and Raffaele Medoro.

Molina, 31, batted .315 with 33 doubles for Isla de la Juventud in his final season (2008-09) in Cuba. The third baseman, who ranked among the most consistent hitters in the Cuban League during a 12-year career, is expected to be one of the top newcomers in the IBL in 2010.

The 40-year-old Tavarez batted just .231 (27-for-117) with 12 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 31 starts last season. The veteran is hitting .319 in 358 IBL games and will get some at-bats as the designated hitter and as a backup infielder.

Medoro, 21, has played just 19 games thus far in the IBL. A strong defensive backstop, he is a former junior national team player with three years experience at the Baseball Academy in Tirrenia.

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Cariparma Parma announced recently that former Washington Nationals prospect Marco Yepez will suit up for the club this upcoming season. The Venezuelan shortstop originally signed with the Florida Marlins in 1999.

The 28-year-old Yepez (pictured) played eight seasons in the minors and finished with a .268 batting average and 227 RBIs. He recently played for the La Guaira Tribunes in the Venezuelan Winter League.

The Knights have added five young players – Outfielder Lucas Montalbetti, pitcher Francesco Grigoletto, middle infielder Erik Gelli, catcher Marco Sabbatani and pitcher Pietro Briggi – to its roster for the 2010 season.

Montalbetti is a 27-year-old from Argentina who batted .387 in 2009 for second division Verona, while Grigoletto, 23, registered 16 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings for the same club a year ago.

Both Gelli and Sabbatani are promising 20-year-old prospects with national team experience.

The 24-year-old Briggi posted a 11-1 record with a 3.10 ERA in 17 starts last season for Verona.

Nettuno has signed American right-hander Michael Natale. The 30-year-old compiled a 5-7 record with a 3.46 ERA for Parma two season ago. The California native is a former KC Royals farmhand who has also pitched on the independent league circuit.

(IBL Update is a BaseballdeWorld weekly feature by freelance writer Dave Charleston.)

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