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CHALLENGERS NEWSLETTER 20/2013
EASY COME, EASY GO
Nachdem die NLA am Mittwoch mit dem Sieg über die Mustangs einen wichtigen Schritt in Richtung Playoffs genommen hat, wurde dieser Vorteil mit einer Niederlage am Samstag gegen die Lions wieder zunichte gemacht. Nun müssen am Sonntag gegen die Devils zwei Siege errungen werden, um den Vorsprung auf die Barracudas und somit den vierten Tabellenplatz zu wahren. Auch die NLB holte sich vergangene Woche einen Split - gegen die Bandits ging das erste Spiel knapp verloren, während das Zweite gleich mit 11-0 gewonnen werden konnte.

Am nächsten Samstag stehen endlich die Softballerinnen wieder auf dem Platz. Nach der fünfwöchigen Pause stehen noch vier Partien bis zum Ende der Regular Season an - diesen Samstag gegen die Cardinals und eine Woche später gegen die Devils.
RECAP
C’s WITH IMPORTANT WIN
Wednesday August 14, 2013 - by Chris PalatinusPhoto Album
The Challengers took a huge step towards a playoff spot on Wednesday night, August 14, as the C's edged the Embrach Mustangs 3-2 in a pitcher's duel, as Harry Bregy scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on the second error of the frame from the Mustangs defense. Robert Sedin outdueled Timothy Jones, as Sedin gave up two runs - one earned - and four hits with five walks while striking out 12 and Jones allowed three runs - two earned - and ten hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.
 
The C's opened the score in the third frame, as Francisco Colindres drove in Jesus Martinez and Robert Sedin added an RBI-single. But the Mustangs tied the game in the fourth on a RBI-triple by Timothy Jones, who scored later on a passed ball. Both teams exchanged zeros on the scoreboard for the next five innings, before Bregy scored to walk off.
Game Recap
YUSUKE, WE CAN!
Saturday August 17, 2013 - by Alex Gordon
The Jona Bandits seem to be the most feared opponent for the Challengers NLB-Team in 2013. After two huge losses in July at Rapperswil-Jona the C's also lost Game 1 on Saturday, August 17 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. The Bandits built a 13-4 lead in the third inning, but the C's didn't give up and came within three runs, but eventually lost 17-20.

The C's showed in the second game of the day, what their game plan originally looked like, as Game 2 was all Challengers. Starter Yusuke Azuma allowed just two baserunners en route to an 11-0 shutout victory. The C's remain in fourth place with a 9-11 record. They will face next the third placed Sissach Frogs on August 24.
Game 1 Recap - Game 2 Recap
LIONS UPSET CHALLENGERS
Saturday August 17, 2013 - by Chris Palatinus
The Challengers wasted an opportunity to hold the lead over the fifth placed Zürich Barracudas in the fight for a plyoff spot, as the C's lost the night game on Saturday, August 17 against the Zürich Lions 9-10. The Lions scored five runs in the second inning to break a 2-2 tie and the Challengers weren't able to close the gap till the end. Pinch hitter Yusuke Azuma led off the ninth inning with a double and Nick Lehmann managed to bring the tying run on base, but closer Markus Streicher shut the door for the first Lions win over the Challengers for more than 20 years.
Game Recap
GAME PREVIEWS
BASEBALL NLA at DEVILS
Sunday August 25, 2013 - 3.30pm & 6pm
The NLA-Team will travel to Wil, where the Challengers will face the Wil Devils on Sunday, August 25. After losing to the Zürich Lions on Wednesday the C's need two wins against the Devils to remain in fourth place. The C's swept the Devils on May 25 at home, as they won 8-1 and 11-1. The games start at 3.30 and 6pm at Wil Lindenhof.

Das NLA-Team reist nach Wil, wo die Challengers am Sonntag, 25. August auf die Devils treffen werden. Nach der Niederlage vom Mittwoch gegen die Zürich Lions benötigen die Challengers zwei Siege gegen die Devils, um im vierten Tabellenrang zu verbleiben. In den beiden ersten Begegnungen in dieser Saison gewannen die Zürcher zu Hause mit 8-1 und 11-1 gegen die Ostschweizer. Die Spiele beginnen um 15.30 und 18.00 Uhr in Wil Lindenhof.
BASEBALL NLB vs FROGS
Saturday August 24, 2013 - 11am & 2pm Facebook Event
The NLB-Team will host the Sissach Frogs on Saturday, August 24 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. The Challengers could improve their record to .500 with two wins against the Frogs and they could pass their opponent in the standings to move into third place. The C's won the first two games against the Frogs on May 12 at Sissach. The games start at 11am and 2pm.

Das NLB-Team empfängt am Samstag, 24. August den Tabellennachbarn Sissach Frogs im Baseballstadion Heerenschürli. Mit zwei Siegen könnten die Challengers ihre Saisonbilanz auf elf Siege und elf Niederlagen ausgleichen und somit die Baselbieter vom dritten Platz verdrängen. Beim Hinspiel am 12. Mai gelangen den Challengers zwei Erfolge. Spielbeginn ist um 11.00 und 14.00 Uhr.
SOFTBALL at CARDINALS
Saturday August 24, 2013 - 11am & 1.30pm
The Softball-Team will face the Bern Cardinals on Saturday, August 24 after a five week break. The Challengers are one game ahead of the Cardinals in fourth place, which would allow them to qualify for the playoffs. The two teams split on May 11, as the C's posted a 8-7 win in Game 1, while the Cardinals answered with a 5-1 victory. The games start at 11am and 1.30pm at Bern Allmend.

Das Softball-Team trifft nach fünfwöchiger Wettkampfpause am Samstag, 24. August in Bern auf die Cardinals. Die Zürcherinnen liegen um einen Sieg vor den Bernerinnen auf Rang 4, der zur Teilnahme an den Playoffs berechtigt. Am 11. Mai teilten sich die beiden Teams die Punkte, als die Challengers das erste Spiel 8-7 gewannen, die Cardinals sich jedoch Spiel 2 mit 5-1 sicherten. Spielbeginn ist um 11.00 und 13.30 Uhr auf der Berner Allmend.
RESULTS
BASEBALL NLA
August 14 vs Mustangs
WON 3-2

August 17 vs Lions
LOST 9-10

BASEBALL NLB
August 17 vs Bandits
LOST 17-20, WON 11-0

BASEBALL 1. LIGA
No games played

SOFTBALL NLA
No games played

CADETS
No games played

JUVENILES
No games played
NEXT GAMES
BASEBALL NLA
August 25 at Devils

BASEBALL NLB
August 24 vs Frogs

BASEBALL 1. LIGA
September 14 vs Devils/Vikings

SOFTBALL NLA
August 24 at Cardinals

CADETS
No games scheduled

JUVENILES

September 14 at Lions/Rainbows vs Cardinals
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