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Jun '11 21

Recaps South: Haar Disciples make big Strides towards Playoffs



Southern Division

Mainz Athletics – Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg 3-5, 6-8

The Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg improved to 15-3 for the season thanks to a pair of two-run wins over the Mainz Athletics. In the Friday night game at the new ballpark in Mainz about 600 people in the stands witnessed a 5-3 win by the defending champion. Regensburg was led by starting pitcher Philipp Hoffschild (W) and Enzo Muschik, who had four hits and two RBI against his former teammates. Matt Vance hit a solo homerun. Max Boldt and Tim Stahlmann went deep for the A’s. In the second match the Buchbinder Legionaere blew an early 4-0 lead, but answered a 4-5 deficit with a two-run homerun by Rodney Gessmann and two solo homeruns by Kai Bindemann en route to an 8-6 win.

Heidenheim Heidekoepfe – Gauting Indians 12-11, 5-2

The Heidenheim Heidekoepfe had to work hard to win twice against the Gauting Indians on Sunday, solidifying second place in the southern division. In game one Heidenheim needed a RBI single by Andrew Smith in the bottom of the seventh to prevail 12-11. Gauting had erased a 4-11 deficit earlier. Michael Weigl homered for the Heidekoepfe. Peter Dankerl (W) received the win in relief. John Dobkowski (L) took the loss. Heidenheim’s head coach Troy Williams got ejected. In the second game the Heidekoepfe scored all five runs in a 5-2 win in the fifth. Simon Guehring had the go-ahead two-run hit during the rally. Dusty Bergman (W, 7 K in 8 IP) won the pitcher’s duel against Benji Waite (L, 12 K in 8 IP). Johannes Jung had four hits, including three doubles, and four RBI on the day for Gauting.

Mannheim Tornados – Haar Disciples 8-13, 4-9

The Haar Disciples made a big step towards the playoffs, defeating the Mannheim Tornados twice on the road to move into third place in the standings. In game one Christoph Ziegler highlighted a seven-run fourth with a grand slam en route to a 13-8 win. Nils Hartkopf (W) added a two-run homerun and struck out nine in six innings of one-run ball. Matt Lokken went 5-for-5 with five RBI for Mannheim. Rene Franke (L) took the loss. In the second match the Disciples took a quick 4-1 lead after four innings and added four more in sixth in a 9-4 victory. Hartkopf hit another two-run homerun. Ryan Lee scored twice. Marvin Appiah went deep for the Tornados, which remain in fifth place in the standings.

Standings South

# Team W L R+ R- .pct GB Streak
1 Buchbinder Legionäre 21 3 212 78 .875 0 W8
2 Heidenheim Heideköpfe 17 7 149 105 .708 4 W2
3 Mainz Athletics 14 10 162 103 .583 7 W4
4 Haar Disciples 13 11 160 155 .541 8 W2
5 Mannheim Tornados 12 12 166 179 .500 9 L2
6 Gauting Indians 4 20 95 214 .166 17 W1
7 Bad Homburg Hornets 3 21 91 201 .125 18 L10




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