Serie A1 Opening Night in Italy

When the coronavirus struck in Italy, there was not much hope the baseball season would ever start again in 2020. But eventually, last night it happened: Opening Night of the Serie A1.  Fortitudo Bologna hosted Godo Knights, San Marino hosted Hotsand Macerata and in the Parmesan derby, Parmaclima hosted Collecchio. Perhaps it is too soon to tell, but with tonight’s scores, it is clear that two of tonight’s home teams will advance to the championship series. 

BSC Godo Knights  4  –  12  Fortitudo Bologna
Godo got off a quick start as it took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but their lead did not last long. In the bottom of the first, Bologna cut the lead in half, and in the second inning, the reigning champion flexed its muscles and scored five times on five singles, a double and a groundout. One inning later, with runners on the corners, Nicolo Loardi hit a sac fly to center field to drive in Filippo Agretti. Julian Dreni advanced to second on the play and could score on Eladio Russo’s single through the left side to give Bologna an 8-2 lead. In the top of the fifth, Godo threatened on the bases as Mattia Bucchi doubled and Alex Sabadini was hit by a pitch. But with one out, Eugenio Monari hit into a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play. After Godo scored twice in the sixth, Fortitudo walked away when it scored four runs on a double and a single.Filippo Crepaldi earned the win after two innings of relief in which he gave up a hit and a walk and fanned two. Gabriele Piumatti took the loss. In 1.1 innings he allowed five runs on four hits and two walks and struck out three. Niccolo Loardi was the best hitter for Bologna, going 2 for 2 with a double, two RBI and arun scored. An honorable mention for Eladio Russo, who went 4 for 5. He drove in three runs.


Hotsand Macerata  2  –  8  ASD San Marino
San Marino took a comfortable 8-0 lead by scoring three runs in the first inning, four in the second and one in the fourth. But when Luca di Raffaele took the mound in the sixth inning, the Macerata Angels could finally do something back. Back to back walks and a double by Gianmarco Di Battista, drove in one run. When Tommaso Morganti hit into a force out second base, Riccardo Serani scored Macerata’s second run.  But that was all the Angels could do. 
Alessandro Maestri earned the win as he allowed one hit and struck out six in four innings. Losing pitcher was Oscar Tucci. In 1.1 inning, he gave up seven runs on five hits and four walks as he struck out one.
Best hitter for San Marino was Lorenzo Avagnina, who went 2 for 2 with a double and two RBI.

Collecchio  4  –  11  Parmaclima
After Parmaclima scored twice in the second inning and Collecchio scored once in the top of the third, Parma took a comfortable 11-1 lead as it scored five runs in the third and four in the fourth inning. Parma’s pitching cruised through the game until pitcher Casalini took the mound in the top of the seventh. He walked four consecutive batters allowing Collecchio to score their second run. But it did not end there. Casalani was replaced by Francesco Pomponi, who wasn’t able to stop the offensive aspirations of Collecchio. A single by Tommaso Battioni and a sac fly, drove in two more runs before the final out of the game could be recorded.
As Michele Pomponi lasted only three innings in his start, Francesco Nardi, who pitched two perfect innings, earned the win. Edoardo Acerbi took the loss. In 2.2 innings, he allowed seven runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks as he struck out four.
The best hitter for Parmaclima was designated hitter Nolberto Viloria, who went 2 for 2 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored.


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