San Marino wins Italian Baseball Series 2021

San Marino wins Italian Baseball Series 2021
Veteran right-hander Tiago Da Silva earned two wins in the best-of-five series to earn MVP honours.

It took San Marino four games to take down three-time defending champions Fortitudo Bologna, 12-3, to win the best-of-five Italian Baseball Series 2021.

Italian Baseball Series-the results

San Marino-Fortitudo Bologna 6-4
Fortitudo Bologna-San Marino 17-7
San Marino-Fortitudo Bologna 5-3
Fortitudo Bologna-San Marino 3-12

It's the fifth league title for San Marino. The team representing the oldest European Republic plays in the Italian League thanks to an agreement between the respective Olympic Committees.

Veteran right-hander Tiago Da Silva, who helped Italy win a historic bronze medal at the Intercontinental Cup 2010 and advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic 2013, earned two of the three wins, including Game 4 to earn MVP honours.

"It's always a team win," commented Da Silva. "I contributed only for these series. The rest of the guys worked hard from the beginning of the season. I'm glad I helped San Marino. This club helped me become the player I am."

On the roster of the Generales de Durango of the Mexican Baseball League (LMB) for the 2021 season, Da Silva was a late addition to San Marino's roster.

Cover photo is by K73/NADOC.