Die Challengers Baseballer eröffneten die Postseason mit einem Paukenschlag. Im ersten Spiel der Halbfinalserie gegen Qualifikationssieger und Titelverteidiger Bern Cardinals siegte das Team von Headcoach Chris Palatinus auswärts mit 9-4 und führt in der Best-of-five Serie mit 1-0.

Für die Softballerinnen hingegen endete die Saison im Halbfinale. Das junge Challengers Team zog gegen den Erzrivalen Therwil Flyers in zwei Spielen den Kürzeren und beendet die Saison auf Rang vier.

Das NLB- und das 1.Liga-Team verloren ihre Spiele am Wochenende. Am kommenden Wochenende finden im Baseballstadion Heerenschürli die European Cup Playoffs statt. Schweizer Meister Bern trifft dabei auf die Senart Templiers und KNTU Elizavetgrad.
Saturday September 14, 2013 - by Chris Palatinus
The Challengers won the series opener against the defending Swiss champion Bern Cardinals on Saturday, September 14 at Bern. The C's posted a 9-4 victory over the Cardinals to stop their seven-game losing streak against the Cards. Ten years ago the C's won their last postseason game against the Cards, dropping 12 straight postseason games in that span.

Eidrys Reyes and Robert Sedin went 4-for-5 and scored two runs apiece, while Säntis Zeller and Francisco Colindres drove in three runs each. Starter Tobias Siegrist allowed four runs - two earned - and seven hits with no walks while striking out nine in eight innings of work and Andrea Girasole finished it in the ninth.

Game Recap
Saturday September 14, 2013 - by Serge Kuenzler
The NLB-Team lost its 24th and final game of the preeliminary round on Saturday, September 14 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. The Sissach Frogs scored six runs in the second and five runs in the fourth innings en route to an easy 16-3 win over the Challengers.   

The C's opened the score with one run in the bottom of the first inning, but scored no runs after the second frame, as the Frogs cooled the C's bats down. Kurt Kovac and Adrian Kämpfer delivered two hits apiece, while Kovac, Kämpfer and Daniel Strolz scored the C's three runs.
Saturday September 14, 2013 - by Serge Kuenzler
The Softball-Team lost twice against the Therwil Flyers on Saturday, September 14, as the Challengers' season came to an end in the semi-finals. The Flyers cruised to a 13-1 win in Game 1 and added a 2-0 victory in Game 2 to sweep the C's in the best-of-three series.

The Flyers will face the reigning champion Luzern Eagles in the finals. The Eagles eliminated the Zürich Barracudas in the other semi-final series in two games as well. 

Das Softball-Team unterlag am Samstag, 14. September den Therwil Flyers zweimal, womit die Saison der Zürcherinnen in den Halbfinals zu Ende ging. Die Flyers liessen im ersten Spiel keine Zweifel aufkommen und setzten sich klar mit 13-1 durch. Umkämpfter die zweite Partie, jedoch feierten wieder die Flyers, diesmal einen 2-0 Erfolg.

Damit treffen die Flyers im Finale auf den Titelhalter Luzern Eagles, welche in der anderen Halbfinal-Serie gegen die Züric Barracudas ebenfalls in zwei Spielen gewannen.
Saturday September 14, 2013 - by Michel RomangPhoto Album
Foto by Dulliken Truck Star
The SG Truck Star/Challengers started its placing round games versus the SG Devils/Vikings. After the long break since the last gameday and a lot of practice in between, the SG Truck Star/Challengers was hopeful that the first win might come soon. Game 1 started off very well with an early 6-0 lead, but in the end, the team fell by a score of 6-8. The 2nd game was decided early and the Devils/Vikings won by 22-9.  

Being the home team for game 1, the SG players had to take their fielding positions first. For the first time in team history, the team managed a 3 up, 3 down 1st inning. Starter Michel Romang struggled to find the zone, but thanks to 2 flyouts to LF and a grounder to Second base no hitter reached base. In the bottom of the inning, the SG showed its offensive strengths. Lead-off batter Cedric Thommen reached with a 8-pitch walk and promptly stole second base even though Devils starter and left-hander Roger Isenring threw to 1st base. Thommen then scored when Torbjørn “Skinny” Olsen reached base. After Michel Romang grounded into a fielders’ choice, the outburst began. Ryan Koley walked and then Nick Motte, Alexia Zingg, Andi Rüdisühli, Cedric Thommen and Skinny Olsen all hit RBI-Singles. On Olsen’s single, Thommen was thrown out at home for the third out. But a 6-0 lead after 1 inning was something to build upon.

But then the Devils/Vikings showed its grindability. The team scored 1 run in the second - thanks to 2 throwing errors by the infielders (1 on the throw back from 2nd base to the pitcher) - then 2 in the third inning, and 2 more in the fourth inning. Meanwhile the Truck Star/Challengers offense disappeard. The team only managed four more baserunners from inning 2 to 6.

With the score at 6-5 TS/CHA after 4 innings, pitcher Michel Romang started to struggle more with his command. With two outs the bases were loaded and the Devils’ number 3 hitter was up to bat. Romang quickly got ahead with 2 strikes but suddenly couldn’t find the zone anymore and walked-in the tying run. After an RBI-Single to put the Devils/Vikings up by 1 run, Romang settled in and struck out Silvio Pelli with the bases still loaded. This prompted Romang to do his own Oli Christen impersonation, yelling some profanities.

Unfortunately, the SG offense couldn’t react to being behind now, while the Devils/Vikings added one more run in the 6th. Team Manager Michel Romang tried to motivate the team for the last half-inning as they only needed 3 runs to win the game. But the team went down quietly with a mere 1-2-3 inning.

For game 2 the SG sent Cedric Thommen to the mound (not that there actually was a mound) while the Devils stuck with game 1 starter Isenring for back-to-back starts. In the first inning Skinny Olsen got to third base, but was stranded after Isenring got the third out on a groundball to himself.

SG starter Thommen on the other hand struggled right from the start. Outs were hard to come by as the Devils/Vikings sent 13 batters to the box for 8 runs in the first inning alone. Things just didn’t really go right on defense and a bad combination of walks, hits and errors put the game in a hole for the SG.

The SG managed to get two runs back in the second inning, but the defensive struggles continued shortly thereafter. Another 14 Devils came up to bat, plating another 10 runs against the SG, putting the game pretty much out of reach already after two innings.

The SG didn’t let that put them down and followed up with a great offensive inning. After batting around (causing Truck Star manager René Thommen to be the first and last out of the inning) the SG had put up 6 runs to make the score 8-18.

In the bottom of the third the SG changed up their defense. Torbjørn Olsen took the mound for the first time since his rocky start against the Eighters. Olsen struggled with his command to start the inning, but after a couple of runs and with the bases loaded, he managed to settle down and end the inning at 8-22 with back-to-back strikeouts and a lineout to first baseman Ryan Koley.

Before the start of the 4th inning the umpires called it to be the last inning to be played due to the two hour rule. Being down by 14 runs didn’t stop the SG from putting on their rally-caps trying for an unbelievable comeback. With one out, Nick Theiler (making his 1st league debut) blasted a solo home run to left field making it 9-22. The first home run in the SG’s history was not enough to spark anything more from the team and the Devils/Vikings closed out the game at 9-22.

The next games for the SG will be against the Barracudas’ third team on September 28th in Dulliken. Can we outmatch the Barracudas in every league?
Wednesday September 18, 2013 - by Serge Kuenzler
On the upcoming weekend the Bern Cardinals will play the European Cup Playoffs at the Heerenschürli ballpark, as the Cards will face the Senart Templiers from France and the Ukrainian team KNTU Elizavetgrad.

Friday, September 20, 7pm:
Bern Cardinals vs. Senart Templiers

Saturday, September 21, 2pm:
Senart Templiers vs. KNTU Elizavetgrad

Sunday, September 22, 2pm:
KNTU Elizavetgrad vs. Bern Cardinals
September 14 at Cardinals
WON 9-4 
Challengers lead series 1-0

September 14 vs Frogs
LOST 3-16 

September 14 vs Devils/Vikings
LOST 6-8 and 9-22

September 14 at Flyers
LOST 1-13 and 0-2
Flyers win series 2-0

No games played

No games played
September 28 vs Cardinals
September 29 at Cardinals

Semi-Final Serie Game 2 & 3

September 28 at Flyers
September 29 vs Flyers

Semi-Final Series Game 1 & 2

September 28 vs Barracudas

End of season

End of season


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