After a fifteen-year long wait, Bollate conquered the 13th Italian National title.

Last night, Bollate won the third game against Saronno during the Italian Softball Series, the best-of-5 series to decide the Italian Championship winner.

Last weekend, Bollate took game 1 with the result of 4-3, in a game fought until the last out. Saronno dominated game 2, winning by mercy rule 1-8 at the fifth inning.

Yesterday, Bollate returned the favor and won game 3 by 8-0 at the fifth inning, thanks to a very productive attack and pitcher Greta Cecchetti controlling Saronno’s bats.

Saronno tried to tie the series on game 4. In the first inning, Fabrizia Marrone, the second hitter for Saronno, hit a home run for the initial 1-0.

Bollate tied the game at the fourth inning, with Elisa Cecchetti scoring one run on an RBI single by Jaimee Juarez (5 on 5 in the game). 

The game continued 1-1 until the seventh inning, pushing the teams to the first extra inning, when Bollate managed to score three times. 

Saronno did not give up and managed to score the second run of the game to take the match to 4-2, final result of the game.

With this title, Bollate is the Italian Champion for the 13th time in history. 

Pitcher Greta Cecchetti, MVP of the series, said: ”We have been waiting for this title for 15 years, it does not even seem real!”

/ Elda Ghilardi

Photos courtesy of FIBS/NADOC media