The T&A San Marino won the Italian Baseball League championship for a third year in a row, after completing its comeback in the Italian Baseball Series against Rimini with a 4-1 victory on Sunday evening. Rimini had won the first two games of the best-of-five series last weekend (4-1, 11-7), but San Marino answered with three straight wins (4-2, 3-0, 4-1) to capture the title.
Jim Magrane, who already threw 108 pitches in a win on Friday, led the Titans again. He went seven innings, allowing just two hits and three walks, getting the win. Joe Mazzuca broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run in the second. A RBI singles by Simone Albanese in the sixth and ninth as well as his run following a wild pitch in the ninth provided insurance.
The Pirates didn’t score until Mario Chiarini’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Enorbel Marquez received the starting nod for Rimini, getting charged with the loss, after giving up five hits, two runs and five base on balls in six frames, striking out seven. Venezuelan Darwin Cubillan secured the save for the Titans (Source: mister-baseball.com).
From an individual standpoint: Venezuelan OF Alex Romero (Rimini), a former big leaguer, was the IBL best hitter with a .444 BA; Outfielder Wuillians Vasquez (San Marino) was the HR king (7); Bologna’s Alessandro Vaglio led the RBI category (42), Mario Chiarini (Rimini) scored the most runs (43); Bologna’s Juan Carlos Infante was the SB leader (20). On the pitching side, the leaders were Raul Rivero (Bologna) 1.12 ERA; Tiago Da Silva (San Marino) & Jose Sanchez (Parma) 12 wins; Jose Sanchez (Parma) 143 SO.