Heidenheim Heideköpfe at Mannheim Tornados (16-1 ,9-0)
The Heidenheim Heideköpfe continued their march through the Bundesliga South on the weekend, scoring 25 runs and allowing just one in their two-game sweep of a Mannheim Tornados club that had won six in a row before the Saturday afternoon series with the defending champion.
The Tornados’ winning streak began after the season’s first meeting between the two clubs, a series that saw Heidenheim twice needing extra innings to seal the wins. On Saturday afternoon, however, six Heidenheim homers (three by league leader Shawn Larry) and dominant pitching were too much for the Tornados. Mike Bolsenbroek, Enorbel Marquez and Ross Vance combined to allow just nine hits and two walks over 13 innings to silence a Mannheim offense which had hit 24 home runs and scored in the double digits in each of its previous six victories.
Guggenberger Legionäre Regensburg v. Munich-Haar Disciples (12-8, 6-0)
Regensburg kept pace with the league-leading Heideköpfe, sweeping the Disciples in the latest iteration of the Bavarian derby. The Disciples are the only team other than Heidenheim to have defeated Regensburg in the 2021 season, but the Disciples’ offense was kept in check by Regensburg’s starters last weekend. Game One saw the Regensburg starter Christian Pedrol pitch 5.1 scoreless innings (2H, 6K), while Game Two was dominated by the Legionäre ace Kaleb Bowman, who struck out nine and allowed just one hit in his 7.1 scoreless innings of work.
At the same time, Regensburg’s batters collected 27 hits, with the top performers in the series including David Grimes (5-for-9, one HR, four RBI), Pascal Amon (4-for-8, five RBI, 3 doubles), and Devon Ramírez (5-for-8, three runs).
Stuttgart Reds at Mainz Athletics (17-0, 15-3)
The Stuttgart Reds snapped their six-game losing streak in a big way, scoring 32 runs on 28 hits, including 11 homers, to sweep the Mainz Athletics. Both games were shortened by mercy rule, with Game Two, at seven innings, lasting one inning longer than the first.
William Germaine earned Bundesliga Player of the Week honors for his play in the series. He hit five home runs (three of them in Game Two), driving in seven runs, for a combined 5-for-8 at the plate (with two walks). Danilo Weber was also impressive, going 6-for-8 with two dingers and seven RBI. Elías Macías drove in five and scored six runs.
On the mound, Marcel Giraud was dominant in Game One, throwing six shutout innings while allowing just two hits. He struck out 13; while in Game Two, Dustin Ward collected his fifth win of the season on the back of a solid five innings (3H, 1R, 6K).
ITsure Falcons Ulm at Tübingen Hawks (15-0, 11-7)
The Hawks improved to 5-11 after their second sweep of the winless Falcons. In Game One, the Hawks used eight walks and 14 base hits to put 15 runs on the board and end the game by mercy rule after just four innings. The man of the match was the Czech jack of all trades Kamil Pejchal, who pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, while going 3-for-3 at the plate himself, each of his hits a double. He drove in three runs and collected the win, his second of the season.
Game Two was a more competitive affair, with the Hawks needing the full nine innings to seal the victory, but the end result was the same. Player-manager Joshua Wyant threw 138 pitches in eight innings of work (39 batters faced, 12Ks) for the victory. He was also 2-for-3 at the plate. All of the Hawks’ starters got a base hit and three players each added three base hits to their season tallies.
The Hawks now find themselves one game behind the Munich-Haar Disciples, but with all but one of their five victories this season against the ITsure Falcons Ulm, the Hawks — and their pitching in particular — will need to find another gear.
Solingen Alligators at Dortmund Wanderers (17-12, 7-4)
In Bundesliga North action, the Alligators spoiled the Wanderers’ season debut, with Solingen taking both games to move to 4-0. Game One was decided in extra innings, with the tw0-time German champion Alligators scoring five runs in the top of the tenth to win the slugfest. The victors managed 17 hits, including two homers, and were helped out further by the 16 walks issued by the Wanderers pitching staff.
Game Two saw stronger pitching on both sides, with Alligators player-manager Wayne Ough pitching six scoreless innings of relief to help secure the sweep. Ough struck out 12 of the 25 batters he faced.
Due to continued pandemic restrictions limiting a number of the northern German clubs’ ability to practice and play, the Solingen-Dortmund series was the sole action in the Bundesliga North last weekend.
Bundesliga South — STANDINGS
|2.||Guggenberger Legionäre Regensburg||14||2||.875||1|
|8.||ITsure Falcons Ulm||0||16||.000||15|
Bundesliga North — STANDINGS
|5.||Dohren Wild Farmers||0||0||.000||2|