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Apr '11 21

Preview: Athletics host Highlanders in an ABL regional Rivalry

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In another sign of spring arriving in the Alps, the Austrian Baseball League is picking up steam with in its third weekend of play with the third series of the year. The defending champions Shellac Athletics of Attnang will host their upper Austrian counterparts, the RiCo Highlanders of Gramastetten, in the lone matchup of the weekend. The RiCo Highlanders, promoted in the offseason after winning the 2nd league BBL, will have their work cut out for them, as the Shellac Athletics have already shaken off the rust of the offseason by splitting with the Wanderers in Vienna last weekend. Beyond that, the A’s will join the Wanderers in representing Austria in the European Cup Qualifier this year, being selected to host a group of the top teams looking to earn an automatic qualifying spot for their national league.

Pitchers Thomas Schrittwieser and Walter Strasser, having a head start in the season and demonstrating success against more experienced hitters in Vienna, are likely to make quick work of the Highlander lineup. As long as Attnang brings their bats, they will jump to the top of the standings in advance of the remaining teams starting their season the week after Easter.

Upcoming Schedule

Time Home Visitor Field
Dates and Times are subject to change! In case of doubt check with the responsible national federation!
Saturday, April 23 2011
13:00 Athletics Attnang-Puchheim Rico Highlanders Athletics Ballp... Austria
Saturday, April 30 2011
12:00 Rico Highlanders Schwaz Tigers Martin-Schütz-... Austria
13:00 Athletics Attnang-Puchheim Schwechat Blue Bats Athletics Ballp... Austria
14:00 Vienna Wanderers Stock City Cubs Spenadlwiese Pr... Austria

Standings

# Team W L R+ R- .pct GB Streak
1 Athletics Attnang-Puchheim 24 4 224 87 .857 0 W9
2 Vienna Wanderers 22 6 227 82 .785 2 L1
3 Vienna Metrostars 18 10 243 117 .642 6 L1
4 Schwaz Tigers 14 14 204 190 .500 10 L2
5 Schwechat Blue Bats 10 18 147 247 .357 14 L6
6 Stock City Cubs 10 18 119 165 .357 14 W1
7 Rico Highlanders 7 21 149 260 .250 17 L3
8 SU Kufstein Vikings 7 21 116 281 .250 17 W1


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