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Jun '11 27

Recap: Wanderers and A’s sweep, while Tigers take one in the Rain

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This past weekend the ABL was on break while the national team took part in the Prague Baseball Week, ultimately falling to the Czech seniors in the quarterfinals.

Here are the results from the week before:

Schwaz was able to win one game against the Highlanders before the weather cut the second game off the schedule. The Wanderers blanked the Cubs twice on the road, boosting their lead over 3rd place Metrostars who split in Kufstein. The A’s continued their march to the postseason by sweeping the Blue bats.

Saturday:

Vienna Wanderers @ Soroptimist Stockerau Cubs

It was a rough start for the pitchers in game one, with both allowing runners to reach early in the game. To their relief, they were able to get out of the early jams through two innings safely.  In the third, the Wanderers were able to strike first: with a swing of the bat, Sakanashi brought in two with his single to right field. On defense, the Vienna defense provided a strong backstop for pitcher Johannes Godler, who didn’t give up any runs to the Cubs batsmen. After Clemens Cichocki was brought in to relieve Godler, the Wanderers extended their lead to 4-0, and with their closer on the mound the Wanderers sealed the shutout win.

Chris Magarian, not quite 100%, made the start for the Wanderers in game two, opposite Scott Holstein fort he Cubs. Holstein wasn’t able to keep the opposing hitters in check as he had done in the prior weeks, and with the help of a defensive mistake the Wanderers took a 3-0 lead. The Cubs were unable to find any success against Magarian, or his late replacement Tomsich. The Wanderers were able to put up one more before the final out was recorded, and left Stockerau with two wins while the Cubs slid down the standings.

RiCo Highlanders @ Schwaz Tigers

In Schwaz, the Tigers matched up against the RiCo Highlanders in some less than perfect weather. Paul Astl started the first game on the hill for the hosts and dominated his opposition. The men from Tirol didn’t need much support from the mound anyways, as they jumped to a 12-0 lead after just three innings of play.  Among the highlights were Haisjackl’s grand slam for the hosts as they marched to an easy victory. For the guests, Weixlbaumer scored on an RBI Double from Jürgen Haunschmidt, the lone run the visitors were able to put on the board, making the final score 12-1.

The rain kept coming down in droves, forcing the second game to be cancelled, meaning it will have to be replayed at a later date.

Sunday:

Vienna Metrostars @ Kufstein Vikings

Given the rain that was coming down the previous night, there was little hope of getting a game in. But the teams were met the next morning with sun and a dry field, allowing the match to take place. Jakob Simonson took the mound for the visitors, putting forth a great effort. The offense helped him out, giving Vikings P Krimbacher quite the workout. After 7 innings, the Vienna team had a 10 run lead, allowing Simonson to earn his first no hitter.

Game two focused on one thing, the return of a legend: Werner Harrasser returned from a longer break from an injury. The Stars found it harder to get on base against the pitcher, and both defenses did their part in speeding up the game. JT Hillard was strong for the guests and held his own, until a home run by Koichi Hida gave the hosts the lead. After the guests from Vienna were able to cut it to 2-1, they weren’t able to push the tying run across the plate and had to settle with a split.

Attnang-Puchheim Athletics @ Schwechat Blue Bats

The defending champions put Strasser on the mound, opposite Benni Christof for the Blue Bats. Christof had control problems early on, and also had to deal with a leaky defense behind him. Through four played, the A’s were out in front 9-1. Fabian Hirnschal took over to try and stem the visitors offense, and it gave the hosts a spark. After cutting to 12-9, Strini came in and kept the hosts from getting any closer and closed the game for the visitors.

In the second half of the doubleheader, the highly anticipated matchup of Castanza and Zalabai proved worth the wait. Johnny Kashuba hit a three run homer for the visitors off of Zalabai in the third, giving the A’s an early lead. But it would be the last time the guests would touch home,  as Zalabai got into a grove and got through the rest of the game without allowing another run. The Bats fought back to make it 3-2, and in the 9th put runners in scoring position, but were unable to complete the comeback, as Castanza struck out his 21st of the game and grabbed the win.

RESULTS:

Vienna Wanderers @ Soroptimist Stockerau Cubs

Game 1: 4:0 – WP: J. Godler; LP: M. Schneider; S: C. Cichocki;

Game2: 4:0 – WP: C. Magarian; LP: S. Holstein;

RiCo Highlanders @ Schwaz Tigers

Game1: 1:12 – WP: P. Astl; LP: D. Gerner;

Game2: Rainout

Vienna Metrostars @ Kufstein Vikings

Game1: 14:2 – WP: J. Simonsen (No-Hitter); LP: T. Krimbacher;

Game2: 1:2 – WP: W. Harrasser; LP: JT Hillard;
HR: Koichi Hida;

Attnang-Puchheim Athletics @ Schwechat Blue Bats

Game1: 14:2 – WP: W. Strasser; LP: B. Christof; S: W. Strini;

Game2: 3:2 – WP: J. Castanza; LP: Z- Zalabai;
HR: J. Kashuba;

Time Home Visitor Result
Saturday, June 18 2011
Austria 13:00 Schwaz Tigers Rico Highlanders 12:01
Austria 13:00 Stock City Cubs Vienna Wanderers 00:04
Austria 16:00 Stock City Cubs Vienna Wanderers 00:04
Sunday, June 19 2011
Austria 11:00 SU Kufstein Vikings Vienna Metrostars 02:14
Austria 13:00 Schwechat Blue Bats Athletics Attnang-Puchheim 08:12
Austria 14:00 SU Kufstein Vikings Vienna Metrostars 02:01
Austria 16:00 Schwechat Blue Bats Athletics Attnang-Puchheim 02:03

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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