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CHALLENGERS NEWSLETTER 21/2014
HOME GAMES AM SAMSTAG
Am Samstag trifft man sich im Heerenschürli! Um 11.00 und 14.00 Uhr empfängt unser noch immer ungeschlagenes NLB-Team die Embrach Mustangs und um 19.00 Uhr kommt es zum NLA-Leckerbissen zwischen den Challengers und den Luzern Eagles.

Erfolgreich waren unsere Teams am vergangenen Wochenende. Sowohl das NLA-, NLB-, Softball- und das U12-Juveniles-Team konnten Siege verbuchen und sich für den Schlussspurt der Vorrunde eine gute Ausgangslage verschaffen.
RECAP
WINNING STREAK STOPPED, C'S SPLIT WITH EAGLES
Saturday August 16, 2014 - by Chris Palatinus
The NLA-Team saw its winning streak halted at nine, as the Challengers split with the Luzern Eagles on Saturday, August 16 at the new ballpark at Reussbühl. It was a pitcher's duel in Game 2 with the Eagles taking the win by a score of 2-1. Lowuin Sacramento tossed 9.1 innings in his first start for the C's allowing two runs - one earned - and six hits while striking out 11.

Prior to that the C's celebrated their ninth victory in a row, as they posted a 9-4 win Game 1. Eidrys Reyes broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run single in the seventh inning, before the C's added four more runs in the eight. Robert Sedin and Säntis Zeller had three hits each, while Harry Bregy and Tobias Siegrist scored two runs apiece. The C's remain in second place with a 13-8 record. The two teams will meet again on August 23 for a night game at the Heerenschürli ballpark.
Game 1 Recap - Game 2 Recap
NLB-TEAM ADDS ANOTHER WIN
Saturday August 16, 2014 - by Alex Gordon
The NLB-Team posted its 12th win of the season, as the Challengers won 15-2 over the Thun Hunters on Saturday, August 16 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. Although the Hunters opened the score crossing the plate twice in the first frame, the C's sealed the deal already in the bottom half of the first inning. The Challengers scored 12 runs on seven hits, two walks and two hit batters for a 12-2 lead. Game 2 had to be canceled due to heavy rain.

YAWN: Challengers crush another opponent, ride 12-run first past over-matched Hunters

One thing about having a baby is that you really don't get to sleep that much anymore. So it was an oddly pleasant feeling I had Saturday morning when it seemed as if I had gotten to sleep quite a lot. Of course I knew I hadn't overslept because my alarm was set for...wait a minute, my alarm is set only to go off on weekdays. Crap. So I actually HAD overslept, but was nonetheless able to make it to the field a mere 25 minutes late...or to put it another way, still about an hour before Juan did.

Coming into Saturday's games against the Hunters, I wasn't really all that concerned. The last time the two team met, the Challengers won both games by mercy-rule (I'd missed that game due to stomach issues). After Oli Christen retired the lead-off batter on one pitch, it looked like he was set to cruise to another victory. The Hunters, however, seemed to have other ideas. The next batter singled, then stole second. With the runner taking off again for third, the following batter hit a ground ball to second for an easy out. However, Daiki Sato took his sweet time throwing the ball over to first (not really, I'm just giving him crap...perhaps he could've charged the ball a bit, that's all) and the runner - who never slowed down - managed to slide in ahead of Juan de la Rosa's throw from first. A walk, HBP and single later, and the Hunters had both a 2-0 and the Challengers' attention.

Unfortunately for Thun, that would be the high point of their outing. In the bottom of the first, the Challengers sent an astounding 16 men to the plate, scoring 12 runs on 7 hits (and helped out by 4 absolutely atrocious Hunter errors). Nine men came to the plate before the first out was even recorded. It was really quite a spectacle.

Per usual, Kurt Kovac got things started off with a walk and then promptly stole second. After a wild pitch, Yusuke Azuma singled home Kovac to make it 2-1. After Azuma stole second (getting beat by the throw but managing to avoid the tag), Renzo Falcone singled and then pulled off a double steal with Azuma to put runners on second and third. De la Rosa drew a walk to load the bases, and then the Hunters got generous: Adderly Sarmiento sent an easy grounder towards third, which should have resulted in an easy force, but the throw home was wild and everyone was safe. Sato followed with a sharp single, bringing in Falcone and de la Rosa, making the score 4-2 Challengers. That brought Nick Lehmann to the plate who, per usual, couldn't be bothered to move out of the way of an inside pitch, which struck him in the left shoulder, reloading the bases and giving him yet ANOTHER bruise/bodily ache to whine about (serioiusly, the guy complains more than I do, which I didn't think was possible).

Next up was left-fielder Alex Gordon who was looking to extend a streak of having reached base in 7 consecutive plate appearances (mostly because people keep hitting me with the ball). With the count 2-2, the Thun pitcher somehow managed to fire a pitch a good foot and a half BEHIND Gordon, allowing Sarmiento to score from third and raising Gordon's blood pressure to a critical level. The pay-off pitch caught Gordon in the foot despite his best efforts to hop out of the way (I used to be a lot more athletic when I was younger. I don't know what the heck happened). At this point, it was 5-2 Challengers, the bases were re-loaded and there were still no outs.

Michel Romang, the 9th batter in the inning, got jammed on an inside pitch and lofted a soft fly to first. While the correct call should have been infield fly, the umpire neglected to do so. As a result, Sato was caught between third and home and was tagged for the first out of the inning. That brought Kovac to the plate for his second at-bat of the inning, and he crushed a double over the center-fielder's head. Lehmann and Gordon scored easily, with Romang holding up at third (he might've been able to score too, but my hip-flexor only allows me to run about 3/4 speed...I am basically disintegrating at this point). Three more runs scored on an error, a double and a single, and by the time Sarmiento was thrown out on an ill-advised steal attempt, it was 12-2 Challengers. When Lehmann's line drive to center was caught by the Thun fielder, the inning was mercifully at an end. The Challengers would tack on 3 more runs in the third, highlighted by Lehmann's 2-RBI single, which accounted for the final 15-2 score.

Aside from that...not too much happened this game. Oddly enough, for someone who allowed only 4 hits and had 7 strike outs, Christen really did not pitch particularly well - at least not in comparison to his most recent outings. Almost from the very beginning he struggled with control, starting most of the batters off with Ball 1. While this didn't end up being a problem against an embarrassingly inept Thun lineup, it certainly could have against better competition.

The funniest moment of the game - not counting Romang's unintentional comedy when he asked whether it would be better for him to use the bathroom inside or wait for me to come out of the one nearest the field (I mean...do you even need to ask a question like that?) - came in the top of the 6th when, after a brief rain-delay, Lehmann came on in relief of Christen. With one out and a runner on first, Nick threw one pitch...and got a 5-3 double play. Now that's some Swiss efficiency for you.

The second game was called on account of rain in the top of the 2nd, with the Challengers already leading 2-0, but by that point it was almost a foregone conclusion that Thun was out of its depth. On this particular day, only acts of god were going to stop the Challengers from winning.
LADIES SPLIT WITH CARDS
Saturday August 16, 2014 - by Serge Kuenzler
The Softball Team Zürich split with the Bern Cardinals on Saturday, August 16 at the Klopstockwiese. Zürich edged the Cards 8-7 in Game 1, as they tied the game three times, before Ines Dübendorfer drove in Leandra Simitovic to break a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the sixth.

The Cardinals answered with a 4-2 win in extra-innings in Game 2. The game was tied 1-1 after seven frames, before the Cards scored three runs in the tie-breaker, while Sandrine Montandon scored the only run for Zürich. The Team Zürich stays in third place with a 5-7 record.
LADIES TAKE ONE FROM EAGLES TOO
Sunday August 17, 2014 - by Serge Kuenzler
The Softball Team Zürich played back-to-back double headers this weekend. After a split with the Bern Cardinals on Saturday, the Team Zürich added another win on Sunday, August 17 against the Luzern Eagles at Reussbühl to improve its record to 6-8. Zürich already had a 12-9 lead in the fourth inning of Game 1, but the Eagles scored ten unanswered runs to eventually win 19-12. Tori Shepard had three of the four hits for Zürich, while Henna Määttä drove in two runs.

Zürich bounced back in the second game of the day, as it posted a fine 12-3 victory. The team needs one more win in its last game day of the qualification round against the Wil Devils on August 23 to clinch a playoff berth.e
JUVENILES WITH THIRD WIN OF THE SEASON
Sunday August 17, 2014 - by Serge Kuenzler
The U12-Juveniles came back strong after the summer holidays, as the SG TruckStar/Challengers posted its third victory of the season on Sunday, August 17 at Hünenberg. In Game 1 the Hünenberg Unicorns proved to be too strong once again, as they beat the SG 17-6. In Game 2 the SG ended up as the game winner, as it celebrated a 12-10 victory over the SG Cardinals/Hunters/Frogs. (Photo by TruckStar)

Die U12-Juveniles verzeichneten einen erfolgreichen Start nach der Sommerpause. Die SG TruckStar/Challengers feierte am Sonntag, 17. August in Hünenberg ihren dritten Saisonsieg. Zwar erwiesen sich die gastgebenden Unicorns einmal mehr als zu stark, die Innerschweizer gewannen Spiel 1 mit 17-6. Die SG verliess dafür im zweiten Spiel gegen die Cardinals/Hunters/Frogs das Feld mit 12-10 als Sieger.
GAME PREVIEWS
BASEBALL NLA vs EAGLES
Saturday August 23, 2014 - 7pm Facebook Event
The NLA-Team will host the Luzern Eagles for Game 5 of the season series on Saturday, August 23 for a night game at the Heerenschürli ballpark. Although the Challengers (13-8) are in second place they lost three out of four games against the Eagles (12-10) so far. Last Saturday the two teams split, as the C's took Game 1 and lost the second game in extra innings. The game starts at 7 pm.

Das NLA-Team empfängt am Samstag, 23. August die Luzern Eagles zu einem Night Game im Baseballstadion Heerenschürli. Es ist dies die fünfte Begegnung der beiden Teams in dieser Saison, wobei die Eagles drei der bisherigen vier Partien gewannen. Am vergangenen Samstag teilten sich die beiden Mannschaften die Punkte. Spielbeginn ist um 19.00 Uhr.
BASEBALL NLB vs MUSTANGS
Saturday August 23, 2014 - 11am & 2pm Facebook Event
The NLB-Team will face last year's NLA runner-up Embrach Mustangs on Saturday, August 23 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. The Challengers (12-0) will try to extend their so far perfect season against the cantonal rival. On August 10 the C's swept the Mustangs at Embrach. The games start at 11 am and 2 pm.

Das NLB-Team trifft am Samstag, 23. August im Baseballstadion Heerenschürli auf den letztjährigen NLA-Finalisten Embrach Mustangs. Die Challengers werden versuchen, ihre bislang perfekte Saison gegen den Kantonsrivalen weiterzuführen. Die Partien beginnen um 11.00 und 14.00 Uhr.
SOFTBALL at DEVILS
Saturday August 23, 2014 - 11am & 1.30pm
The Softball Team Zürich will travel to Wil on Saturday, August 23 where it will face the Wil Devils. The Ladies will need one more win to clinch a playoff berth in their first season of the co-operation between the Barracudas and the Challengers. The games will begin at 11 am and 1.30 pm at Wil Lindenhof.

Das Softball Team Zürich reist am Samstag, 23. August nach Wil, wo es auf die Wil Devils treffen wird. Die Zürcherinnen benötigen noch einen Sieg, um sich die Qualifikation für die Playoffs zu sichern. Spielbeginn ist um 11.00 und 13.30 Uhr im Wiler Lindenhof.
RESULTS
BASEBALL NLA
August 16 at Eagles
WON 9-4 and LOST 1-2

BASEBALL NLB
August 16 vs Hunters
WON 15-2 and ppd. rain

BASEBALL 1. LIGA
No games played

SOFTBALL NLA
August 16 vs Cardinals
WON 8-7 and LOST 2-4

August 17 at Eagles
LOST 12-19 and WON 12-3

CADETS
No games played

JUVENILES
August 17 vs Unicorns at Cardinals/Hunters/Frogs
LOST 6-17, WON 12-10
NEXT GAMES
BASEBALL NLA
August 23 vs Eagles

BASEBALL NLB
August 23 vs Mustangs

BASEBALL 1. LIGA
September 20 at Barracudas
vs Golgoths


SOFTBALL NLA
August 23 at Devils

CADETS
August 30 at Cardinals/Frogs

JUVENILES

No games scheduled
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