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Apr '11 27

Recaps South: Lokken celebrates return with Walk-Off Grand Slam, 8 RBI

Mannheim Tornados – Mainz Athletics 2-7, 16-13

The Mannheim Tornados settled for the split against the Mainz Athletics. In game one Mainz scored four runs in the fifth and three in the ninth to overcome an early 0-2 deficit and to hand Rene Franke the first loss of the 2011 season with a 7-2 win. Hendrik Schewe highlighted the first rally with a three-run triple, Max Boldt the second with a two-run homerun. Matt Lokken went deep for Mannheim. The former Minor Leaguer, who already played for the Tornados in 2010 and now has returned to the German record champion, was unstoppable in game two.

Lokken went 5-for-6 with two homeruns, four runs scored and eight RBI. He reached base in all six of his plate appearances and missed the cycle only by triple. The highlight of his performance was the one-out walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to seal the 16-13 win by Mannheim. The home team led 6-0 and 9-4 earlier in the game, but the A’s scored nine runs in the last three frames to erase the deficits. Jonathan Wagner also homered for the Tornados. Jan-Niclas Stöcklin was 3-for-5 with a ninth-inning homerun, two triples, three runs and four RBI for Mainz.

Heidenheim Heidekoepfe – Haar Disciples 8-9, 11-4

The Heidenheim Heidekoepfe and the Haar Disciples also shared wins on Easter weekend in the German Baseball-Bundesliga. In game one the Disciples broke an 8-8 tie in the top of the ninth, when Nils Hartkopf reached on an error, got moved to third and scored the go-ahead run on another bunt by Lukas Steinlein. They had tied the game in the seventh after Heidenheim had erased an early 0-6 deficit. Christoph Ziegler had a three-run triple for Haar. Johannes Schaeffler hit a homerun and drove in four for Heidenheim. Six players of the Heidekoepfe had two hits. Gregor Klinc received the win, Martin Almstetter the loss. In the second game Heidenheim scored seven runs in the opening period en route to an 11-4 win. Simon Guehring and David Fuesser combined for five hits and four RBI. Gregor Klinc drove in two for the guests. Dusty Bergman earned the win, Paco Garcia took the loss.

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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