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May '11 12

Recap: Metrostars and A’s sweep, splits in Vienna and Kufstein

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Recap week three Austrian Baseball League

Saturday:

Soroptimist Stockerau Cubs @ Attnang-Puchheim Athletics

In the Saturday matchup between the Soroptimist Stockerau Cubsand the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics, both teams showed their preparation for a tough game. Cubs tallied two runs in the first to take a lead against the A’s pitcher Thomas Schrittwieser, and were able to extend it to 7-1 by the 5th inning. Strini was brought in to close, which served to quiet the Cubs bats, and subsequently brought the A’s bats to life. Michael Schneider was replaced after a laudable performance, and the A’s took advantage by putting up run after run. Moritz Hackl and Marc Brunnthaler were unable to stem the tide, and the A’s ended up cruising to a 14-9 win and the Cubs to a frustrating loss.

The second game was a little tenser, with the Attnang hitters taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and the next 5 innings becoming a pitchers duel. Two runs in the 6th for the A’s extended their lead, and the A’s brought in Walter Strasser to bring it home. The Cubs were unable to get anything going against him either, and the A’s completed the sweep to push their record to 6-2.

RiCo Highlanders @ Kufstein Vikings

With the Highlanders looking to crash the Vikings home party, they were quickly disappointed when in the bottom of the first the home team battered their pitching on their way to a 6-0 lead. With the arm of Thomas Krimbacher and tough defense behind him, the Kufsteiner kept the Highlanders on their heels for long enough to win the opening game of the series 6-3.

The tables turned quickly in Game 2, however, with the Highlanders out in front 6-0. The Vikings appeared to unfocused and couldn’t mount a serious threat, and although they tried to keep up with their guests on the scoreboard, the Highlanders ran away with it in the end. “We’re known as a team who will battle, but we didn’t show it against the Highlanders, we really gave this one away” said Harasser after the bitter 14-5 loss. The Highlanders on the other hand were able to pack up and head home with their first ABL win in club history.

Sunday:

Vienna Metrostars @ Schwaz Tigers

The youngsters on the Metrostars were chomping at the bit to finally play a game in 2011, and took the field with a clear energy in Schwaz. The game was evenly matched through the first few innings, but the removal of Tigers starter Paul Astl gave the guests the chance they needed. With a big inning and hit after hit, they built up an unbelievable 21-6 lead. Dominik Löffler finished off the game to give the guests the win.

Game 2 was a bit more evenly matched, as the Metrostars appeared to have Jason Fronczak figured out while taking a 2-0 lead, but then went silent. In the 6th, the hosts took the lead 4-3, but couldn’t keep the Metrostars off the basepaths as they went back ahead by two runs, 6-4. Closer Hubert Weiser Jr. shut the door on the hosts at the end, and the guests went home with a sweep and ‘start’ the season undefeated.

Schwechat Blue Bats @ Vienna Wanderers

A depleted Bats team headed to Vienna with closer Danny Jahn making the start, and the Wanderers didn’t miss a beat in jumping on him, including a Max Scholdan homerun, as the whole lineup took part in the offensive. Johannes Godler, starting for the Wanderers, wasn’t able to repeat his top form from the previous weeks, but the Bats couldn’t get anything going against him over the first 6 innings. Philipp Brenner and Severin Schütz followed Jahn on the mound, neither of whom could find a way to stop the Wanderers as they torched the Bats for a 16-2 victory in 7 innings.

With the foreigners taking the mound in Game 2, Chris Magarian and Zsolt Zalabai, the latter of which went the distance in a strong performace, put a lower scoring affair forth. The Wanderers stumbled through their turn on defense and let their visitors take a 1-0 lead before Hiro Sakanashi drove in a run on a ball down the line and Christoph Loschy drove him in with a double over the center fielders head to grab the lead in the 4th. Again, the Wanderers D couldn’t hold, allowing Arian Quirantes to score the tying run. With the score at 2-2 in the 9th, it again was the Wanderers gloves that let them down, and the Blue Bats stole the game 3-2.

Results

Schwechat Blue Bats @ Vienna Wanderers

Game 1: 2:16 – WP: Johannes Godler; LP: Danny Jahn; HR: M. Scholdan

Game 2: 3:2 – WP: ZsoltZalabai; LP: Chris Magarian;

RiCo Highlanders @ Kufstein Vikings

Game 1: 3:6 – WP: T. Krimbacher; LP: DominikGerner;

Game 2: 16:5 – WP: J Stewart; LP: ?;

SoroptimistStockerau Cubs @ Attnang-PuchheimAthletics

Game 1: 9:14 – WP: W. Strini; LP: M. Schneider;

Game 2: 0:3 – WP: Josh Castanza; LP: Holstein

Vienna Metrostars @ Schwaz Tigers

Game 1: 21:7 – WP: D. Löffler; LP: F. Haisjackl;

Game 2: 6:4 – WP: H. Weiser Jr. LP: J. Fronczak;

HR: B. Salzmann, J. Tezak (2), P. Ferak Jr., D. , F. Haisjackl, J. Köchl, P. Nagiller;

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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