Despite Rimini’s 9-2 loss vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates, it was a good day for the Italian baseball clubs. The other two Italian representatives won with big numbers.
Rouen Huskies 0 – 14 Fortitudo Bologna
If Fortitudo Bologna had stepped on it a bit more, the game vs the Rouen Huskies could have been over in five or six innings. The Italians were leading by fourteen runs after the fourth inning, but the team did not score in the remainder of the game. So instead of a five-inning affair, the game became a seven-inning affair.
After the first inning, things still looked hopeful for Rouen as Bologna only scored one run. But after the Italians scored five runs in the second inning, it became clear the French were no match. After Bologna scored one more run in the third inning, the fourth inning was the decisive blow as they scored seven (!) runs.
Matteo Bochi, starter for Bologna, was one walk away from a perfect game. But thanks to the walk he gave up to Larry Infante of the Huskies, he “only” threw a mercy rule shortened no-hitter.
Four Bologna hitters went 3 for 4: Nicholas Nosti (RBI and three runs scored), Alex Sambucci (two RBI and two runs scored), Robel Garcia (three RBI and a run scored) and Paolino Ambrosino (two RBI and two runs scored).
Most impact for the Italians had Francesco Fuzzi, who went 3 for 5 with a double, a home run and five runs batted in.
Buchbinder Legionaere 1 – 13 T&A San Marino
In another mercy rule shortened game, the Buchbinder Legionaere from Regensburg were no match for T&A San Marino.
A four-run first inning, a three-run second inning and a five-run third inning, signaled a mercy rule shortened game. Eventually, San Marino would score one more run in the fourth and after that the team slowed down.
All Regensburg could do was score a run in the fourth inning, when Lukas Jahn hit a leadoff single to left field followed by Kevin Vance who drew a walk. A single by Alexander Schmidt loaded the bases before Jonathan Heimler hit into a 6-5 force out on which Jeffrey Arndt (who had replaced Lukas Jahn as pinch runner) could score the sole run for Regensburg.
Frailyn Florian earned the win after five innings of work. He gave up a run on four hits and three walks and struck out seven. Jonathan Eisenhuth took the loss. After facing four hitters, he was pulled. Three of the four batters he faced hit doubles. Eisenhuth was tabbed for three runs on four hits.
Best hitter for San Marino was Sebastiano Poma, who went 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.