Italy reveals Women's Softball Olympic Team

Italy reveals Women's Softball Olympic Team
05/07/2021
After winning the Women's European Softball Championship in Friula-Venezia Giulia on July 3, 2021, Team Italy is back at work preparing for the Tokyo Olympics.

Team Italy manager Federico Pizzolini revealed the Women's Softball roster for Tokyo Olympics. Fifteen athletes were named in the Italian Olympic Team.

The following players have been selected to depart on July 9, 2021 for Sendai, where Team Italy will be hosted and play a series of exhibition games prior to the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games:
Ilaria Cacciamani (P / OF), Emily Patricia Carosone (2B / DP), Elisa Cecchetti (C / OF), Greta Cecchetti (P), Amanda Lynn Fama (SS), Andrea Marie Filler (IF), Marta Gasparotto (C / IF), Andrea Howard (IF / OF), Giulia Metaxia Koutsoyanopoulos (1B), Alexia Lacatena (P), Giulia Longhi (3B), Fabrizia Marrone (OF), Erika Piancastelli (C / OF) and Beatrice Ricchi (OF). Laura Vigna (OF) will join the group on July 19, 2021.

The Team Italy staff will consist of Federico Pizzolini (manager), Giovanna Palermi (coach), Julio La Rosa (pitching coach), Gateano Schiavottiello (doctor), Ulisses Hernandez (physiotherapist), Elio Paolini (physiotherapist), Francesca Ambruoso (athletic trainer), and Roberta Soldi (delegation manager). 

Team Italy will start its journey in the Tokyo Olympics against Team USA on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. In addition to competing against the top-ranked Americans in Tokyo, Team Italy will also battle Australia, Canada, Mexico and host Japan.

In memory of the late and great Italian manager Enrico Obletter, the Azzurre softball squad would like nothing more than to bring home a medal #PerEnrico. In fact, after Team Italy was declared the winner of the Europe-Africa Olympic Qualifier, Enrico Obletter promised Italian Olympic Committee President Giovanni Malagò to bring home a medal.

Team Italy recently celebrated the back-to-back Women's European Softball Championship titles resulting in a berth to the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama.