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Robel Garcia smacked a home run as Bologna opened the 2017 IBL season with two wins against Padule. (Photo: IBL/PhBass)

ITALY – Reigning Italian Baseball League champion UnipolSai Bologna opened defense of its title this past Saturday with a 12-3 victory over Padule. Osman Marval and Robel Garcia both homered as Bologna used a pair of five-run frames to claim the season-opening win.

Rudy Owens and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout as Bologna rolled to a 11-0 win in the series finale. Alex Sambucci went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs for the visiting squad.

Carlos Quevedo scattered two hits and 10 strikeouts over five frames to lead San Marino past Tommasin Padua, 13-3, on Friday night. The Titans used a five-run ninth to claim a 5-2 comeback win on Saturday to complete the two-game sweep.

Oscar Angulo’s three-run triple highlighted a four-run fifth inning as Novara opened the 2017 season with a 5-1 triumph against ASD Rimini. Jonathan Aristil worked six scoreless frames to earn the win. Batista De Jesus Nathanael drove in three runs and Novara finished off the sweep with a 7-4 victory in the second game. Alex Bassani pitched six innings to claim the win.

Angel Service Nettuno picked up a pair of tough wins against Parmaclima Parma. Leonardo Colagrossi collected three RBIs and Ronald Uviedo struck out seven in five innings to help Nettuno capture a 7-4 win in the season opening game for both squads. Ronald Bermudez drove in three runs and Nettuno completed the sweep on Saturday with a 7-5 win.

Photo: Robel Garcia – IBL/PhBass

Marvin Moore
Marvin Moore
A former international baseball coach and award-winning sports writer, Marvin is the Managing Editor at World Baseball News. He transformed the Swiss National Team into a B-Pool contender which knocked off 1994 B-Pool champion Ukraine at the European Championship, and won four Swiss NLA titles in six seasons with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers.

The native Texan compiles the weekly European Baseball Power Rankings, European Baseball Players of the Week, European Baseball Weekend Preview, European Baseball Statistical Leaders, European Baseball Scoreboard and International Baseball Update.

Marvin, who has been an avid Texas Rangers fan for more than four decades, enjoys fishing, teaching youth baseball and playing fantasy sports. He was a co-founder of and also started

Marvin and his wife Lerma have two kids, Hali (16) and Saentis (13).

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