Posted by on April 28, 2017 3:48 pm
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T&A San Marino reliever Junior Oberto (Lauro Bassani)

The top two teams in the Italian Baseball League Group B division will clash this weekend when unbeaten T&A San Marino meets a surprising Novara squad. The two-game series begins Friday night in Serravalle.

San Marino (4-0) is the second-best hitting squad in the IBL with a .316 batting mark, and also features a talented pitching unit with an impressive 1.59 ERA over 34 innings and a league-high 45 strikeouts.

Erik Epifano (9-for-15), Simone Albanese (3-for-8) and Jose Ferrini (5-for-14) are the top hitters for the Titans. The pitching staff is anchored by starters Carlos Quevedo (2-0/0.82) and Fraylin Florian (1-0/1.64), and reliever Junior Oberto (1-0/0.00).

Novara (3-1) stunned Rimini twice two weeks ago and has used solid pitching and defense to grab the second spot in the division. However, the visitors will be going against a lineup of San Marino arms that have allowed only seven runs in their first four games of the young season.

Niccolo Loardi (6-for-11) and Oscar Angulo (5-for-14) are the main offensive weapons for Novara, while staff ace Jonnathan Aristil (2-0/0.00) has been dominant over 12 scoreless frames with 16 strikeouts.

ITALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Friday, April 28
Novara vs T&A San Marino
Tommasin Padova vs Rimini
Parma Clima vs UnipolSai Bologna

Saturday, April 29
Novara vs T&A San Marino
Tommasin Padova vs Rimini
Parma Clima vs UnipolSai Bologna
Padule vs Angel Service Nettuno – DH

GERMAN BASEBALL-BUNDESLIGA

Friday, April 28
Stuttgart Reds vs Mannheim Tornados

Saturday, April 29
Mainz Athletics vs Haar Disciples
Mannheim Tornados vs Stuttgart Reds
Paderborn Untouchables vs Hamburg Stealers – DH
Dortmund Wanderers vs Solingen Alligators – DH
Heidenheim Heidekoepfe vs Bad Homburg Hornets – DH

Sunday, April 30
Mainz Athletics vs Haar Disciples
Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg vs Saarlouis Hornets – DH
Dohren Wild Farmers vs Bonn Capitals – DH

DUTCH HOOFDKLASSE

Friday, April 28
Curaçao Neptunus vs De Glaskoning Twins
DSS vs HCAW
Pickles UVV vs Hoofddorp Pioniers

Saturday, April 29
Curaçao Neptunus vs De Glaskoning Twins
DSS vs HCAW
Pickles UVV vs Hoofddorp Pioniers

Sunday, April 30
Curaçao Neptunus vs De Glaskoning Twins
DSS vs HCAW
Pickles UVV vs Hoofddorp Pioniers

Photo: Junior Oberto (FIBS/Lauro Bassani)

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 Mister-Baseball.com and also started BaseballdeWorld.com.

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

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