Five innings of pitcher dominance and two innings in which practically anything happens. The San Marino baseball comes out of race1 to Neptune with a victory, a 2-1 gained thanks to points at the 6th and 7th, with the final seal of success signed by a defensive play, the 9-2 Batista-Lino that eliminates Noguera at home. Winning a Quevedo almost complete game, salvation for Rienzo.
THE CHRONICLE. Very tight race, this Friday evening at the “Steno Borghese”. There are very few opportunities to pass for both teams. Liguori and Quevedo launches are effective and base arrivals are rare. The first guests to step on the first bag with Lino, but the single of him on the 1st is isolated. Hosts with a good chance at 2nd, but with two in point position (single by Draijer and a mistake on the serve by Nicola Garbella) and two outs, Trinci is eliminated in the pot. Even the Nettuno defense makes a mistake (at 3rd), but the San Marino attack does not take advantage of it. At 4th San Marino (with Lino) and Nettuno (with Pomare) to go with a basic ball in first, but no further. At the 5th a single on each side (Ferrini and Trinci), but nothing else. Five quick and dominant restarts for both starters.
The 6th inning, on the other hand, is a story in itself, so many happen. San Marino puts six men on the base and collects a point, moreover im-por-tan-tis-si-mo. It happens that Lars Liguori grants the ball bases to Angulo and Lino in sequence. With Ustariz batting, however, the Neptune defense takes Angulo off base for the first out. In the meantime, however, another basic ball arrives but above all Leonora’s single, with Lino who is eliminated at home plate. The new entry Hamaya grants the intentional base to Pieternella and immediately afterwards Ferrini is patient, who goes first with four balls and pushes home the automatic 1-0 point. The Japanese then closes the innings by eliminating Batista from the pot. At the change of field San Marino risks, but Nettuno does not score. Sellaroli hits a valid, Giordani pushes him to second with a bunt and for Pomare there is an intentional base. Novoa (F7) is the second out, while the third is
by Sellaroli himself, who is eliminated at home on the Draijer valid on the left.
At the 7th Titani they are very ready to take advantage of the right opportunity. With two outs, Angulo keeps the innings alive thanks to a nice double, advances to third and is ready for a 2-0 on a crazy pitch. Wide margin, especially in a match like this and after Quevedo immediately eliminates Mercuri and Nicola Garbella in the lower part of the 7th. But that’s not all. Neptune keeps the match alive with Trinci’s double and Noguera’s 1-2 single. Change on the San Marino mountain, with Quevedo replaced by Rienzo. The relief is touched by Sellaroli (single) and Giordani (single), but on the latter played there is excellent assistance at home: from Batista to Lino, for the elimination of Noguera. San Marino wins 2-1 game 1.
NEPTUNE 1945 – SAN MARINO BASEBALL 1-2
SAN MARINO: Celli ec (0/4), Angulo 2b (1/3), Lino r (1/2), Ustariz 1b (0/2), Leonora es (1/3), Pieternella dh (0/2), Ferrini 3b (1/2), Batista ed (0/2), Epifano ss (0/2).
NEPTUNE: Sellaroli 2b (2/4), Giordani ec (1/3), Pomare ss (0/1), Novoa 1b (0/3), Draijer dh (2/3), Mercuri 3b (0/3), Garbella es (0/3), Trinci r (2/3), Noguera ed (1/3).
SAN MARINO: 000 001 1 = 2 bv 4 and 1
NEPTUNE: 000 000 1 = 1 bv 7 and 1
LAUNCHERS: Quevedo (W) rl 6.2, bvc 6, bb 2, then 7, pgl 1; Rienzo (SV) rl 0.1, bvc 2, bb 0, therefore 0, pgl 0; Liguori (L) rl 5.1, bvc 2, bb 4, so 2, pgl 1; Hamaya (r) rl 1.2, bvc 2, bb 2, then 2, pgl 1.
NOTE: doubles by Angulo and Trinci.