Therwil Flyers – Bern Cardinals 4-3, 4-3
Recap by JB Tucker, Therwil Flyers
Game one of the Sunday doubleheader between the Therwil Flyers and Bern Cardinals was just as exciting as anticipated. The Flyers jumped out to an early one run lead, after Taka Oshima smashed a solo home run to center field off of Cardinals starter, Toby Imboden. After the Flyers quickly scored one run in first, they were shut down for the next three innings, only mustering two hits in those innings. The Cardinals were able to take advantage of a few Flyers miscues, and scored one run in the third inning. Flyers’ starting pitcher, Lukas Croton, kept the Cardinal’s bats quiet all game, only surrendering three hits over six innings of work, while striking out six.
Going into the sixth inning, the Flyers were unable to hang on to their one run lead. Sammy Paulino walked, stole second, and then advanced on an error, and eventually scored on a RBI ground out. With the game tied in the eighth inning, the Flyers battled back. There were runners on second and third with two outs and two strikes, and Flyers’ center fielder Reto Siegel delivered a double, scoring both runs. That is all the Flyers would need, with closer Adrian Kaufmann coming in the game, surrendering one run (inherited) over the final frame to preserve the Flyers’ lead. Hitting standout for the game was Daniel Eichenberger who was 3-4 with a double and RBI. Final score was 4-3 in favor of the Flyers.
Game two of the double header was just as exciting as the first. In this game, the Flyers found themselves behind for the majority of the time. The Cardinals were the first to score when they took advantage of a leadoff walk in the third inning and then pushed the first run across after a single by Vitus Huber. The Cardinals were able to score two more runs in the fourth inning with four consecutive hits. This pushed the score to 3-0. The Flyers bats were held in check by the Cardinals starting pitcher Eduardo Villacis, who only surrendered one hit after four innings of work.
Although they were behind, the Flyers never gave up. In the fifth inning, with their backs to the wall, the Flyers were able to score four runs, and take the lead. Three of the runs that were scored in the inning came off of a clutch home run by Daniel Eichenberger. The Flyers were able to hold on to the lead with a 1-2-3 sixth and seventh by relievers Hide Oshima and JB Tucker. Hitting standouts for the Flyers were Taka Oshima who was 1-2 with a double and Daniel Eichenberger who was 1-3 with a HR and 3 RBI. Final score was 4-3 in favor of the Flyers.
Zurich Challengers – Embrach Mustangs 4-9, 8-4
Recaps by Zurich Challengers
Mustangs better Challengers 9-4
The Embrach Mustangs played their usual style of baseball, outhitting and outrunning their opponents, just as in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader. Thomas Fasching went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI’s, Chris Byrnes and Korey Kovac had two hits apiece, and Roger Savoldelli pitched nine innings for his league-leading fifth complete game of the season. The only consolation for the Challengers was that they managed to up his ERA from 1.04 to 1.24 by scoring two earned runs.
The Challengers jumped out of the gates in the first inning as Carl Conway, Tobias Siegrist and Patrick Maier laced together three consecutive singles for a 1-0 lead. The Mustangs tied the score in the bottom of the second inning on two hit-by-pitches, a single and a walk off Thomas Burger. Three more runs in the fourth inning sealed Burger‘s day. Josh Crouse had a two-out RBI-single, and two walks later, Fasching followed up with a two-run single that extended the Mustangs’ lead to 4-1.
Siegrist took over in the bottom of the fifth, but was quickly tagged for two runs as the first four batters reached on three singles and an error by shortstop Saentis Zeller. The Challengers scored three times in the top of the sixth inning to cut the Mustangs’ lead to 6-4. Siegrist led off with a single, and Maier reached on an error by first baseman Byrnes. Jesus Martinez plated Siegrist with an RBI-single, Thomas Blank’s run-scoring ground out brought home Maier, and Bryan Shemley batted in Martinez with a two-out RBI-single.
But in the bottom half of the inning, the Mustangs scored twice on Byrnes‘ two-run double with no outs. Chris Palatinus took over on the mound and retired the next five batters he faced. A single and a stolen base by Andrew Wong with two outs in the seventh, followed by Fasching‘s RBI-double gave the Mustangs a 9-4 lead. The Challengers again were helpless against Savoldelli‘s pitching in the final three innings, getting only four baserunners on a dropped third strike, a single and two walks. The loss assures the Mustangs their first season series win against the Challengers ever.
Challengers score early, outlast Mustangs 8-4
The Challengers jumped on rookie Benjamin Wood in the first inning, scoring six runs which proved to be enough in an 8-4 win in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Embrach Mustangs. Bryan Shemley went 2-for-2 with two singles and two walks, and Carl Conway picked up the win. After six innings, he was relieved by Patrick Maier in the bottom of the seventh inning. But Maier failed to record an out, giving up two consecutive singles to the first two batters.
Conway was resummoned to the mound, hitting one batter but retiring the other three. He pitched the first six innings in which he allowed only four runs – three of them unearned – on five hits and seven walks, while also striking out five. Wood walked three of the first four batters in the game as he simply wasn’t able to find the zone. Tobias Siegrist had an RBI-single, and Jesus Martinez hit a two-run single. A passed ball and a fielding error by second baseman Chris Byrnes pushed three more runs across the plate, before Kovac got Gabe Staub and Saentis Zeller on two ground outs, and Thomas Blank was thrown out stealing second base.
They added one more run in the second inning on a fielder’s choice in a 1st-and-3rd situation for a 7-0 lead. Conway allowed the Mustangs’ first two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a single, a walk and two defensive errors. The Challengers survived six errors as the Mustangs stranded 13 baserunners and went just 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position. With the win, the Challengers avoided getting swept in a season series ever by the Embrach Mustangs.
|Saturday, May 14 2011|
|11:00||Embrach Mustangs||Zürich Challengers||09:04|
|11:00||Lucerne Eagles||Zürich Barracudas||07:06|
|14:00||Embrach Mustangs||Zürich Challengers||04:08|
|Sunday, May 15 2011|
|11:00||Therwil Flyers||Bern Cardinals||04:03|
|11:00||Zürich Lions||Sissach Frogs||05:09|
|14:00||Therwil Flyers||Bern Cardinals||04:03|
|14:00||Zürich Lions||Sissach Frogs||02:13|