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CHALLENGERS NEWSLETTER 28/2013
DECIDING GAME 3 AT BERN
Nach dem ersten Wochenende steht es in der NLB-Finalserie 1-1. Die Challengers starteten am Samstag mit einem 14-3 Auswärtserfolg bei den favorisierten Bern Cardinals fulminant ins Finale. Dies war zugleich der erste Erfolg gegen die Berner nach zehn aufeinanderfolgenden Niederlagen.

Am Sonntag hingegen vermochten die Challengers beim letzten Heimspiel auf dem Heerenschürli in der Saison 2013 nicht an die Leistung des Vortags anzuknüpfen. Nach einem fehlerhaften Auftritt konnten die Gäste aus Bern die Serie wieder auszugleichen. Somit kommt es am Samstag, 19. Oktober um 10.30 Uhr auf der Berner Allmend zur Belle.

Das 1.Liga-Team schloss seine erste Saison am Samstag mit zwei Niederlagen ab. Die Spieler der SG TruckStar/Challengers konnten im Premierenjahr viel wertvolle Spielpraxis sammeln und an Erfahrung gewinnen. 2014 werden sie von Neuem angreifen.
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NLB-TEAM TAKES GAME 1
Saturday October 12, 2013 - by Serge Kuenzler
The Challengers NLB-Team took the series-opener on Saturday, October 12 at Bern against the Bern Cardinals. After losing ten straight against the Cards the C's chose the right moment to turn things around, as the Challengers posted an impressive 14-3 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three final series.
NLB FINAL-SERIES TIED AT 1-1
Sunday October 13, 2013 - by Serge Kuenzler
The Challengers lost Game 2 of their best-of-three final series against the Bern Cardinals on Sunday, October 13 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. Things didn't start well for the C's, as the Cards opened the score with three runs in the first inning and added seven more runs in the second frame. And they put things out of reach, as they opened the gap to 20-4 with nine runs in the top of the sixth inning to eventually win 21-4. After the C's defense was flawless in Game 1, they committed eleven errors on Sunday. Only two of the 21 runs against were earned. Yusuke Azuma went 4-for-5 with a double, while Carlos Nepomuceno delivered three hits. The deciding Game 3 will take place on Saturday, October 19 at 10.30am at Bern Allmend.
FIRST LEAGUE SEASON ENDS WINLESS FOR C's
Saturday October 12, 2013 - byTorbjørn OlsenPhoto Album
Photo by Truck Star Dulliken
The 1st League-Team didn't manage to arrive in the win column, as the SG TruckStar/Challengers lost twice to the Zürich Eighters Ost on Saturday, October 12 at Dulliken. The Eighters cruised to a 24-3 win in Game 1, before adding a 13-4 victory in Game 2. With these two games the first season ends for the newly founded 1st League-Team with players from the Dulliken TruckStar and the Challengers. Special thanks to the TruckStar organization for the good cooperation throughout the season.

The five Challengers, Torbjørn Olsen, Nick Motte, Ronny Steck, Jeffery Pomuceno and Marcel Zuberbühler, set off to join the four Truck Stars waiting for them in Dulliken for the last two games of the season against their Zurich rivals, Eighters. Lacking players the SG were forced to experiment with positions. In game 1, Nick Motte manned second base together with Ronny Steck at shortstop. Starting pitcher was Truck Star Cedric Thommen, who after two innings left the mound for Torbjørn Olsen, taking themound for the second time this post season. Neither defense, offense nor pitching was going right for the SG and after the game a 24-3 loss was a fact. Torbjørn Olsen, who batted leadoff this time, and Ronny Steck both had two walks (going 0-0) as the only SG hit was recorded by Truck Star, Markus Bolliger in the 4th inning.

In game 2 Torbjørn Olsen returned to the mound, this time to start the game. The rest remained as in game 1, except Nick Motte heading to 1st base. Both pitching and defense was better this game, but it was not nearly enough to make up for the lacking offense that the SG struggled with this day. Four runs on three hits by Jeffery Pomuceno, Cedric Thommen and Marcel Zuberbühler was all the SG managed to gather as the Eighters scored 13 runs of their own. Torbjørn Olsen pitched 3.2 innings before leaving the mound for Timon Stalder, who with one single pitch got the ground ball to departed pitcher Olsen at third base for the inning ending out. 13-4 was the final score that capped off a winless season for the fresh 1. Liga team.
GAME PREVIEWS
BASEBALL NLB at CARDINALS
Saturday October 19, 2013 - 10.30am
Final-series Game 3
The Zürich Challengers NLB-Team will face the Bern Cardinals for a winner-takes-it-all Game 3 on Saturday, October 19 at Bern. With the best-of-three series tied at 1-1, the C's will try to copy their performance from Game 1, as they posted a 14-3 win over the Cardinals. The game also will be the end of the 2013 campaign for the Challengers organization. It starts at 10.30 at Bern Allmend.   

Das NLB-Team der Challengers bestreitet am Samstag, 19. Oktober in Bern die Belle in der Best-of-3 Finalserie um den NLB-Meistertitel. Mit dem Stand von 1-1 in der Serie werden die Challengers versuchen, an ihre Leistung von Spiel 1 anzuknüpfen, als sie die Cardinals mit 14-3 zu bezwingen vermochten. Die Partie ist zugleich der letzte Ernstkampf für die Challengers in der Saison 2013. Spielbeginn ist um 10.30 Uhr auf der Berner Allmend.
RESULTS
BASEBALL NLB
October 12 at Cardinals
WON 14-3 

October 13 vs Cardinals
LOST 4-21

Series tied 1-1

BASEBALL 1. LIGA
October 12 vs Eighters Ost
LOST 3-24 and 4-13
NEXT GAMES
BASEBALL NLA
End of season

BASEBALL NLB
October 19 at Cardinals

BASEBALL 1. LIGA
End of season

SOFTBALL NLA
End of season

CADETS
End of season

JUVENILES

End of season
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