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CHALLENGERS NEWSLETTER 24/2014

PLAYOFFSTART AM SAMSTAG

Am Samstag beginnt für die Teams der Challengers die Postseason 2014. Das NLA-Team trifft in einer best-of-5 Halbfinalserie am Samstag in Therwil auf die Flyers, Spiel 2 ist am Sonntag um 16.00 Uhr im Heerenschürli.

Das NLB-Team eröffnet seine best-of-3 Viertelfinalserie gegen die Jona Bandits am Samstag ab 11.00 Uhr mit Spiel 1 & 2 im Heerenschürli, während das Softball Team Zürich in Reussbühl zu Spiel 1 & 2 ihrer best-of-3 Halbfinalserie gegen die Luzern Eagles antritt.

Let's go Challengers!

RECAP
CHALLENGERS FINISH IN THIRD PLACE, FACE FLYERS IN SEMI-FINALS
Sunday September 7, 2014 - by Chris PalatinusPhoto Album
The Challengers lost their 25th and last game of the qualification round on Sunday 3-12 against the Therwil Flyers and finish in third place with a 15-10 record. The two archrivals will face each other again in a best-of-five semifinal series, that will start on Saturday, September 13 at Therwil. The Zürich Barracudas will play the Luzern Eagles in the other semi-final series.

The Flyers put things out of reach in the second inning already, as they scored six runs with only one hit, but five walks and two errors committed by the C's defense. The Flyers even scored one more in the fifth and seventh frames and added another four runs in the eighth, before the Challengers scored their three runs. Juan de la Rosa Bautista led the inning off with a free pass and Thomas Blank, Jesus Martinez and Eidrys Reyes delivered three doubles to knock in three runs. Martinez drove in two while Reyes was the only Challenger with two hits.
Game Recap
C's, SACRAMENTO SHUT DOWN LIONS
Saturday September 6, 2014 - by Chris PalatinusPhoto Album
The Challengers celebrated their 15th win of the season, as they posted a 16-0 shutout victory over the last-placed Zürich Lions. Lowuin Sacramento tossed a no-no over six innings and struck out 13, while the offense scored in every inning. The Challengers are now in a tie for second place with the Therwil Flyers, which they will face on Sunday, September 7 at 2 pm at the Heerenschürli ballpark. The winner will finish in second place and will clinch home field advantage for the semi-final series.
Game Recap
NLB-TEAM FINISHES ROUND ROBIN WITH WIN
Saturday September 6, 2014 - by Alex Gordon
The NLB-Team won the make-up game against the Thun Hunters on Saturday, September 6 at the Heerenschürli ballpark, as the Challengers edged the Hunters 3-2. The C's finish the qualification round in first place of the Group B with a 15-1 record and will face the Jona Bandits for a best-of-three quarter-final series with the Games 1 and 2 on Saturday, September 13 at the Heerenschürli ballpark.
The Hunters (4-12) finish in fifth place with the same record as the Hünenberg Unicorns in fourth, but will miss the playoffs due to the tie-breaker rules.
Game Recap
U15-CADETS EDGED BY CARDINALS/FROGS
Sunday September 7, 2014 - by Serge KuenzlerPhoto Album
Photo by Truck Star Dulliken
The U15-Cadets improved once more but still fell short to the SG Cardinals/Frogs on their last game day of the season on Sunday, September 7 at Bern. The SG TruckStar/Challengers battled hard but ended up losing Game 1 by 15-16, before the home team added a 11-6 victory in Game 2. Thanks to the TruckStar for another season of great collaboration.

Die U15-Cadets zeigten am Sonntag, 7. September in Bern an ihrem letzten Spieltag der Saison nochmals eine starke Leistung, unterlagen aber dennoch ganz knapp der SG Cardinals/Frogs. Die SG TruckStar/Challengers bot dem Gegner bis zuletzt die Stirn, zog jedoch im 1. Spiel mit 15-16 den Kürzeren. Die zweite Partie ging dann mit 11-6 ebenfalls an die Gastgeber. Ein grosses Dankeschön geht an die TruckStar für die wiederum tolle Zusammenarbeit.
JUVENILES END SEASON WITH TWO LOSSES
Saturday September 6, 2014 - by Serge KuenzlerPhoto Album
Photo by Truck Star Dulliken
The U12-Juveniles played their last gameday of the 2014 campaign on Saturday, September 6 at Dulliken. The SG TruckStar/Challengers lost twice to the Wil Devils. The Devils posted a 14-5 win in Game 1 and added 11-1 victory in Game 2.

Die U12-Juveniles bestritten am Samstag, 6. September in Dulliken ihren letzten Spieltag der Saison 2014. Die SG TruckStar/Challengers verlor dabei zweimal gegen die Wil Devils. Diese gewannen im ersten Spiel 14-5 und liessen zum Abschluss noch einen 11-1 Sieg folgen.
GAME PREVIEWS
BASEBALL NLA vs FLYERS
Saturday September 13, 2014 - 2pm
Sunday September 14, 2014 - 4pmFacebook Event
The NLA-Team will open its postseason on Saturday, September 13 at 2 pm at Therwil with Game 1 of the best-of-five semifinal series against the Therwil Flyers. The two archrivals will meet for the 105th time since 1994 with the Flyers leading the all-time series 62-42. In 2014 the Challengers won two out of five games against their opponent. The series will also be a duel between the two head coaches Chris Palatinus and Andy Fleischacker, who led the C's to their two last Swiss championship titles in 2002 and 2004.
Game 2 will take place on Sunday, September 14 at 4 pm at the Heerenschürli ballpark.

Das NLA-Team startet am Samstag, 13. September um 14.00 Uhr in Therwil mit Spiel 1 der best-of-five Halbfinalserie mit den Therwil Flyers in die Playoffs 2014. Es wird dies bereits die 105. Begegnung der beiden Erzrivalen seit 1994 sein, wobei die Flyers mit 62-42 Siegen die Nase vorne haben. In dieser Saison gewannen die Challengers zwei von fünf Partien. Die Serie wird auch zum Duell auf der Trainerbank. Chris Palatinus und Andy Fleischacker führten die Challengers zu ihren beiden letzten Schweizer Meistertiteln 2002 und 2004.
Spiel zwei findet am Sonntag, 14. September um 16.00 Uhr im Baseballstadion Heerenschürli statt.
BASEBALL NLB vs BANDITS
Saturday September 13, 2014 - 11am & 2pm Facebook Event
The NLB-Team will host the Jona Bandits on Saturday, September 13 at the Heerenschürli ballpark for Game 1 and 2 of their best-of-three quarter-final series. The Challengers finished in first place in Group B, while the Bandits came in fourth place in Group A. In 2013 the Bandits won the season series against the C's. The games will begin at 11 am and 2 pm.  

Das NLB-Team empfängt am Samstag, 13. September die Jona Bandits im Baseballstadion Heerenschürli für die ersten zwei Partien ihrer best-of-3 Viertelfinalserie. Die Challengers schlossen in der Vorrunde das Pensum in der Gruppe B an der Spitze ab, während die Bandits in Gruppe A auf Rang vier landeten. In der Saison 2013 gewannen die Bandits allerdings drei von vier Spielen gegen die Challengers. Spielbeginn ist um 11.00 und 14.00 Uhr.
SOFTBALL at EAGLES
Saturday September 13, 2014 - 11am & 1.30pm Facebook Event
The Softball Team Zürich clinched a playoff spot in the first season of the collaboration between the Zürich Barracudas and the Challengers, as the team finished the round robin in third place with a 8-8 record. Zürich will travel to Reussbühl on Saturday, September 13 to open its best-of-three semi-final series with the Luzern Eagles, who came in fifth place on September 5 at the European Cup Winners Cup at Porpetto, Italy. The games 1 and 2 will start at 11 am and 1.30 pm at the new ballpark at Reussbühl Hinterruopigen.

Das Softball Team Zürich schaffte in der ersten Saison der Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Zürich Barracudas und den Challengers gleich den Einzug in die Playoffs, indem es die Vorrunde mit acht Siegen und acht Niederlagen im dritten Rang abschloss. Die Zürcherinnen reisen am Samstag, 13. September nach Reussbühl, um die best-of-3 Halbfinalserie gegen die Luzern Eagles zu eröffnen. Diese erreichten in der vergangenen Woche am European Cup Winners Cup im italienischen Porpetto den fünften Rang. Die Spiele 1 und 2 beginnen um 11.00 und 13.30 Uhr im neuen Ballpark in Reussbühl Hinterruopigen.
NEWS
SCHWEIZER SOFTBALLERINNEN SORGEN AM EUROPACUP FÃœR FURORE
Wednesday September 10, 2014 - by Serge Kuenzler
Photo by Therwil Flyers
In der vergangenen Woche fanden die Softball Europacup Turniere statt. Die Schweizer Vertreter sorgten dabei für Furore. Die Therwil Flyers gewannen den European Cup Women im den Challengers ebenfalls wohlbekannten Dupnitsa. Die Baselbieterinnen setzten sich im Finalspiel mit 2-1 gegen Les Comanches aus Frankreich durch. Den Winning Run scorten sie dabei mit 1 Out im siebten und letzten Inning mit einem Bases loaded Walk.
Derweil erreichten die Luzern Eagles am European Cup Winners Cup im italienischen Porpetto den fünften Rang hinter europäischen Spitzenkräften wie den Haarlem Sparks aus Holland, den Neunkirchen Nightmares aus Deutschland oder Fiorini Forli aus Italien.
RESULTS
BASEBALL NLA
September 6 at Lions
WON 16-0

September 7 vs Flyers
LOST 3-12

BASEBALL NLB
September 6 vs Hunters
WON 3-2

BASEBALL 1. LIGA
No games played

SOFTBALL NLA
No games played

CADETS
September 7 at Cardinals / Frogs
LOST 15-16 and 6-11

JUVENILES
September 6 vs Devilss
LOST 5-14 and 1-11
NEXT GAMES
BASEBALL NLA
September 13 at Flyers
September 14 vs Flyers
Semifinal Series Games 1 & 2


BASEBALL NLB
September 13 vs Bandits
1/4-Final Series Games 1 & 2


BASEBALL 1. LIGA
September 20 at Barracudas
vs Golgoths


SOFTBALL NLA
September 13 at Eagles
Semifinal Series Games 1 & 2

CADETS
End of season

JUVENILES

End of season
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