Week 5 of the Ben’s Bundesliga delivered runs and big offensive performances, but few surprises, with each of the four series delivering a clear sweep. The dominance of the weekend’s four winners was most evident in Game One of the respective series, with the contests decided by a collective score of 62-6, with the victors belting 15 homers and collecting three shutouts.
Heidenheim Heideköpfe vs. Stuttgart Reds (12-0, 13-3)
The defending champion Heideköpfe remain undefeated, sweeping the Stuttgart Reds in the weekend’s top match-up to advance to 10-0. Stuttgart entered the weekend action 7-1 and tied for second place with Regensburg, but the two seven-inning mercy rule defeats at the hands of Heidenheim highlighted the gap between the two clubs.
Under the floodlights in Stuttgart on Friday, Heidenheim’s six-run first inning was a sign of things to come, with another six-run inning by the defending champion in the sixth bringing Game One to a premature end by mercy rule after seven innings. Heidenheim hit four home runs in the contest, with Sascha Lutz (3-for-4, one homer, five RBI) delivering the evening’s top stat line. On the mound, Mike Bolsenbroek was dominant, scattering four hits over five innings while striking out seven to pick up his third victory of the season.
Game Two in Heidenheim saw the home team score in every inning but the second, with Shawn Larry the star on offense yet again. He went 2-for-3 at the plate, with one double and a home run, his eighth of the season and second of the weekend, and five RBI. Ross Vance (5IP, 4H, 3ER) collected his fourth win of the season.
Guggenberger Legionäre Regensburg at Mainz Athletics (18-6, 15-1)
Regensburg was dominant in Mainz on Saturday, with its high-powered offense scoring 33 runs on 26 hits, with seven of those hits flying over the fence. The sweep paves the way for the Bavarians (9-1) to host Heidenheim (10-0) in a top-of-the-table challenge next weekend.
Game One began with a lead-off home run by shortstop Alex Schmidt, the first of eight Regensburg hits and eight runs in the opening frame. Mainz responded with three of its own in the bottom half, but Regensburg pulled away in the sixth inning when it scored three runs and added four more in the seventh. Eric Harms went 4-for-5 with two homers and five RBI. Christian Pedrol (5IP, 7H, 4ER) picked up the win.
In a losing cause, Mainz’s Max Boldt hit two homers of his own and also drove in five runs.
Game Two was more of the same, with Regensburg wrapping up the victory by mercy rule in seven innings thanks to 13 hits and 13 walks. Four players drove home more than one run and Mitchell Hillert (5IP, 3H, 1ER, 5K) collected the win.
ITsure Falcons Ulm at Mannheim Tornados (17-0, 17-7)
Mannheim rebounded from its two extra-inning defeats last weekend at the hands of the Heideköpfe to sweep the Falcons, who remain winless on the season. The Tornados needed just four and a half innings and 93 minutes in Game One to secure the victory, with a Thomas De Wolf homer getting the scoring started in the first inning. Three homers and 10 runs followed in the second frame, with a further six runs following in the fourth. Marvin Kulinna hit his third homer of the season and drove in five runs, and DH Juan Martin added three RBI and his fourth long ball of the campaign.
Game Two was competitive until the seventh inning, when the Tornados, leading 7-3, put together another 10-run inning, on eight hits, to pull away for good. Kulinna homered again and drove in three RBI, with his feats outdone by second baseman Merlin Bendlin, who got the scoring started for the Tornados with a two-run homer in the first. He drove in six on a 3-for-5 effort at the plate, with all of his hits (the one homer and two doubles) going for extra bases.
Tübingen Hawks at Munich-Haar Disciples (15-0, 10-5)
The Disciples allowed just two hits while collecting 11 of their own in Game One on Saturday to cruise to an easy 15-0 victory. In Game Two, recent addition Zac Treece (7IP, 6H, 0ER) was dominant on the mound, giving the Munich club a three-game win streak heading into the coming weekend’s match-up against the winless ITsure Falcons.
The Disciples needed six innings and just shy of two hours to wrap up Game One, with the club enjoying a 9-0 lead after three. Another six runs in the sixth led to the game being called by mercy rule, but not before DH Klaus Nicolici had mashed a home run and driven in four runs and David Dinski had collected three RBI. On the mound, Lukas Steinlein (4IP, 1H) and the 19-year-old Titus von Kapff (2IP, 1H) combined to silence the Hawks’ offense and secure the Disciple’s third win of the season.
Game Two was a more competitive affair, with the Disciples leading just 2-1 at the start of the sixth. The two clubs then traded three-run innings before Haar broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five to take a 10-4 lead. Disciples starter Treece pounded the strike zone on his way to collecting his first Bundesliga victory. He started 23 of the 28 batters he faced with an 0-1 count and ultimately threw 80 of his 109 pitches for strikes. The run support came from a well-balanced Disciples offense that filled the box score with 11 hits, eight walks, and six steals.
Bundesliga South — STANDINGS
|2.||Guggenberger Legionäre Regensburg||9||1||.900||1|
|8.||ITsure Falcons Ulm||0||10||.000||10|