Professional Italian National Team Plays Local High School Baseball Team


The 9th ranked baseball team in the world will be playing ELEV|8 Sports Institute High School Baseball Team in Delray Beach, Florida, this Monday, February 24th at 4 pm at Robert P. Miller Park, 1905 SW 4th Avenue. The Italian National Baseball Team are back-to-back European Champions and have won 10 European titles overall. They have qualified for the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics. Hitting Coach Mike Piazza, former Los Angeles Dodger, Florida Marlin, New York Met and San Diego Padres Catcher, will be on site coaching the Italian National Team and inspiring ELEV|8 student athletes in their future careers and goals. The Italian National Baseball Team is in the South Florida area for spring training playing games against the New York Mets. ELEV|8 Sports Institute is proud to offer the opportunity to their baseball academy student athletes. ELEV|8 strives to prepare their student athletes to go to the next level by playing more games and stiffer competition. “This is an opportunity I would have never had should I have been enrolled in a traditional high school baseball program. ELEV|8 teaches me to push harder, farther and stay focused and determined. I can’t wait to get on the field with the Italian National Baseball Team…a professional team!” says Cole Dubet, second year ELEV|8 student athlete in his junior year. ELEV|8 does not subscribe to the FHSAA which allows for their student athletes to play unlimited amounts of games and against varied competitors. This takes the focus off of winning a Trophy at the end of the year and places the focus on giving each student athlete individualized training and attention, professional coaching staff, as well as maximum exposure to top scouts and college recruiters. “There is no other program in the entire Nation that would give high school ballplayers the opportunity to play against a professional team. The ELEV|8 Baseball Program obviously works…our results speak for themselves. Since the inception of the program, 100% of ELEV|8 student athletes have gone on to college with a college scholarship. Who can say that?” Luis Alicea, Executive Director of ELEV|8 Baseball Academy. Alicea brings his professional experience to the program as a former Major League Player and coach for over 25 years and a two time World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox. Alicea has built a reputable coaching staff to support the student athletes. Each and every coach has been a professional ball player nationally or internationally. About ELEV|8 Sports Institute ELEV|8 Sports Institute is a multi-sport training center offering a variety of programs, including a residential nine-month academy program, professional athlete training, high-intensity training camps, and other customized training opportunities. ELEV|8 Sports Institute is a destination for athletes around the world and at all skill levels. ELEV|8 Sports Institute offers sport-specific training in basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and performance training. With the mission of ‘Training Excellence,’ ELEV|8 is a leader in the athlete-training industry. For additional information, please visit