Week 2 of the 2021 Ben’s Bundesliga again delivered four sweeps, with only one home team securing a win. Otherwise, it was the guests who enjoyed the spoils, with the defending champion Heidenheim Heideköpfe easily winning the week’s top match-up in Mainz. In Ulm, the Guggenberger Legionäre Regensburg scored 43 runs in their doubleheader with the ITsure Falcons, just one less than Stuttgart managed last week against the same opponent.
Heidenheim Heideköpfe vs. Mainz Athletics
In Mainz, the defending champion Heidenheim Heideköpfe swept the Athletics, claiming a 12-1 win (box score) on Saturday and a 12-5 victory (box score) on Sunday. Mike Bolsenbroek silenced the Athletics’ bats in Game 1, allowing just four hits over five innings and striking out seven. On offense, reigning Bundesliga Player of the Week Shawn Larry drove in five runs, three of which came in the seventh inning on his second home run of the season.
Game 2 was a sloppy affair, with eight combined errors, but Heidenheim’s starter Ross Vance pitched a solid six innings, allowing just two earned runs on three hits en route to his second victory of the season. The ageless Enorbel Marquez picked up the three-inning save. On offense, Sascha Lutz hit two solo homers for Heidenheim, which strung together 13 hits, five walks, and five defensive miscues by Mainz to score its 12 runs.
Stuttgart Reds vs. Munich-Haar Disciples
In Munich, the Stuttgart Reds were too much for the hosts, with the Reds claiming a sweep of the Disciples in the Bavarian capital: 13-2 in Game 1 (box score) and 9-6 in Game 2 (box score). Reds’ pitcher Marcel Giraud was the star of Game 1, striking out 10 and allowing just one hit over five innings of work. He tallied an impressive 19 swinging strikes and has a 2.79 ERA in his two starts this season.
Game 2 was a closer affair. The two teams traded three runs in the first inning, but Stuttgart scored four in the second inning, taking a lead that the Disciples slowly chipped away at. The ninth frame began with the Reds leading 7-6, but William Germaine reached on a walk and Antonio Horvatic was hit by a pitch, putting two runners on with no outs. Germaine and Horvatic would eventually score, with the Croatian international Horvatic earning the save after a scoreless ninth inning.
Guggenberger Legionäre Regensburg vs. ITsure Falcons
In Ulm, Regensburg did as expected and filled the scoreboard, with 43 runs scored in Saturday’s doubleheader. Game 1 ended 20-1 by mercy rule after six innings (box score). Regensburg hit four home runs, two of them by Elias Redle, who drove in 8 RBI. Game 2 was similarly lopsided, with Regensburg again winning the game in six innings, this time 23-0 (box score). Twenty hits, eight of them for extra bases (two of them doubles by the aforementioned Redle), powered the offense, and starter Kaleb Bowman allowed just two batters to reach base on his way to collecting 14 strikeouts and the win.
Tübingen Hawks vs. Mannheim Tornados
In Mannheim, the host Tornados scored six runs in the first inning of Game 1 against Tübingen and never looked back, winning their first game of the season 10-5. An eight-run second inning powered the Tornados to a 14-1 (box score) result in Game 2. All told, the Tornados collected 31 hits on Saturday at Roberto Clemente Field.
Due to pandemic restrictions, the Bundesliga North clubs start play on the weekend of May 8-9.
STANDINGS — Bundesliga South
|1.||Guggenberger Legionäre Regensburg||4||0||1.000||–|
|8.||ITsure Falcons Ulm||0||4||.000||4|
Results Week 2 — Bundesliga South
April 10 Disciples 2 – Reds 13 [Box]
April 10 Falcons 1 – Legionäre 20 [Box]
April 10 Tornadoes 10 – Tübingen 5 [Box]
April 10 Athletics 1 – Heideköpfe 12 [Box]
April 10 Disciples 6 – Reds 9 [Box]
April 10 Falcons 0 – Legionäre 23 [Box]
April 10 Tornadoes 14 – Tübingen 1 [Box]
April 11 Athletics 5 – Heideköpfe 12 [Box]