NRLL PLAYERS HELP WIN ITALY TITLE
Five players from North Reading Little League were part of the American/Italian youth team that captured the 2019 Sala Baganza International Baseball Tournament earlier this August in Italy.
Nick Ciardiello, Ryan Baker, Jared Macdonald, Sam Morelli, and Zach Rosatone played for the squad — which was coached by NRLL Player Development Director Marco Vittozzi and NRLL Board member Jim Demetri — that capped its title run with a 12-6 victory over the Czech Republic in the final. Also on the squad was Claudio di Ronza, who played for Team Italy in this year’s Little League World Series in Williamsport.
Accompanying the team on the trip was former North Reading high school baseball coach Frank Carey.
Pictured are: (Back row, left to right) Jim Demetri (assistant head coach), Marco Vittozzi (head coach), Nick Ciardiello, coach Vin Bonano, Leonardo Gattelli (Italy), Ian Visnick, Dominick Gabardi, Ryan Baker, Jared Macdonald, Sam Morelli, Francesco Roero (Italy), Marco Armillei (coach from Italy) coach Frank Carey, coach Sergio Coviello; (Front row) Linda Pelletier, Luca Gabardi, James Churchill, Matteo Casadio (Italy), Matt Elwell, Zach Rosatone, and Claudio DiRonza.