Even though we already started the year 2010, we will continue to look back at the 2009 season in Europe’s elite leagues. After the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Sweden, we will continue with the Austrian Baseball League.
SUPFERUND Wanderers Vienna
2009 Record: 23-5
2009 Ranking: 1st place in Austrian Baseball League after regular season. In the playoffs the SUPERFUND Wanderers beat the Union Kufstein Vikings and the Schwaz Tigers to win their first national title since 19 years. They became the first team in Austrian history to stay undefeated during the postseason. Four of the six victories during the playoffs were shortened by the mercy rule. It was their fifth straight playoff appearance. Clemens Cichocki (5-0, ERA 1.03, .309/.436/.432) was named ABL and Playoff MVP. Catcher Nick DeForest received a gold glove for the first time since joining the league in 2000.
Mister-Baseball European Top 50 Club Ranking: tied for 38th
Runs Scored: 245
Runs Allowed: 100
Best Batter: Even though he had just 55 plate appearances in 14 games: Owen Reid. He batted .462 (OBP .618/SLG .795) with two homeruns, one triple, five doubles, 18 runs scored and 14 RBI.
Best OPS: Owen Reid 1.413
Most Home Runs: Owen Reid, Max Scholdan 2
Most RBI: Max Scholdan 26
Most Runs Scored: Max Scholdan 31
Most Stolen Bases: Max Scholdan 10
Best Pitcher: Christian Tomsich. He had a 5-1 record with an ERA of 1.08 in twelve games. He struck out 38 batters in 33 1/3 innings, while walking just three.
Best ERA: Clemens Cichocki 1.03
Most Strikeouts: Johannes Pernkopf 65
Most Walks: Johannes Pernkopf 42
Most Innings Pitched: Johannes Pernkopf 68.1