2010 German Baseball Finals, Game 3, October 2:
(1-2) Heidenheim Heidekoepfe – Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg 9-5
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Defending champion Heidenheim Heidekoepfe has avoided the sweep in the German finals after defeating the Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg 9-5 in game three on Saturday. Game four will follow on Sunday afternoon, again in Heidenheim.
The Buchbinder Legionaere had the better start into the game, taking a fast 4-0 lead midway through the opening frame thanks to a sac fly by Petr Cech and hits by Chris Howard and Cedric Bassel. But the Heidekoepfe answered right away. Chris Beck greeted Philipp Hoffschild (L) with a solo homerun. Several more hits followed, including a two-run triple by Matt Pali to tie the game with no outs.
Mike Bolsenbroek replaced Hoffschild with no outs and two runners on in the first. After a strikeout Matt Vance botched a double play and two more runs scored to put Heidenheim in front. Vance got some payback in the second inning, when he reduced the deficit with a solo homerun. But the Heidekoepfe regained their two-run advantage in the bottom of the same period thanks to a Sam Whitehead run.
While comeback tries of the Buchbinder Legionaere led to nothing, the home tagged on two more runs on a sac fly by Whitehead in the sixth and another solo shot by Beck in the eighth to seal the 9-5 victory. Regensburg had one last chance in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs. However Ludwig Glaser flied out to right fielder Johannes Schaeffler to end the game.
Schedule German Finals:
Sunday, October 3:
13:00 Heidenheim Heidekoepfe – Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg
Saturday, October 9:
13:00 Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg – Heidenheim Heidekoepfe*
Photo: Gregor Eisenhuth, www.eisenhuth-photographie.de