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Challengers lose Game 5, Flyers move into Finals
The Challengers lost the winner-takes-it-all Game 5 on Sunday, September 28, as the Flyers edged the C's 6-5. The team of head coach Chris Palatinus opened the score with two runs in the top of the first inning but couldn't hold on. Trailing 3-6 in the top of the ninth, the C's came within one run, but the Flyers recorded the third out with the tying run on second base to eventually move into the Finals.
With the defeat the Challengers' season ends in the semi-finals for the third consecutive year. The Flyers will play the Zürich Barracudas in the Finals with Game 1 taking place at the Heerenschürli ballpark on Saturday, October 4.
1st League-Team finishes with split28.09.2014:
The 1st League-Team is the only one within the Challenges organization to end the season with a win. The SG TruckStar/Challengers played its last game day of the 2014 campaign on Sunday, September 28 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. After losing to the Zürich Eighters Ost by a score of 11-13, the SG posted a 20-14 victory over the SG Rainbows/Lions in the last game of the year. With this win the SG finishes the 1st League championship in 12th place.
Challengers force Game 527.09.2014:
The Challengers evened their best-of-five Semifinal Series with the Therwil Flyers at 2, after winning Game 4 at the Heerenschürli ballpark on Saturday, September 27. Lowuin Sacramento tossed another masterpiece and Ryan Byrne drove in all three runs en route to a 3-0 shutout victory for the C's.
The two teams exchanged zeros on the scoreboard through five frames, before the C's put the first run on the board. Säntis Zeller doubled with one out in the sixth and was driven in two batters later by Ryan Byrne's RBI-single. And Byrne added two insurance runs in the eight. After fouling off eight pitches he hit a line drive into right field enabling Harry Bregy and James Sanders to score with two outs. Lowuin Sacramento outdueled Flyers starter Gavin Guarrera, as he threw nine innings of two-hit ball while striking out 14, in what was the second best start in Challengers history with a game score of 95. He allowed only two earned runs in 35.1 innings pitched and lowered his ERA to 0.53.
The decisive Game 5 will take place at Therwil Känelmatt on Sunday, September 28 at 3 pm. The winner will face the Zürich Barracudas in the finals, that will begin at the Heerenschürli ballpark on Saturday, October 4.
NLB-Team's season ends in disappointment20.09.2014:
The NLB-Team cruised through the qualification round and swept the Jona Bandits in the quarter-final series and won 16 out of 17 games so far. But the Challengers' season ended cold turkey on Saturday, September 20. The Sissach Frogs proved to be too strong for the C's, as they were swept in the best-of-three semi-final series by the Frogs. The Frogs perfectly played small ball and added the big hit, as they hit a grand-slam en route to a 7-0 win in Game 1.
And the Frogs kept the Challengers' bats quiet in the second game too. The Frogs took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and held on for an 8-5 victory to clinch the final berth. The Challengers battled hard and had the tying run at the plate in the seventh, but couldn't avoid the loss, that ended the Challengers' season.
Ladies' season ended by Eagles13.09.2014:
The Zürich Softball Team has been eliminated by the Luzern Eagles on Saturday, September 13, as the Eagles swept Zürich in their best-of-three semi-final series. The Eagles' bats exploded for 22 runs, as they posted a 22-8 victory in Game 1, before ending Zürich's season with a 7-1 success in Game 2.
U15-Cadets edged by Cardinals/Frogs07.09.2014:
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. (Foto by TruckStar)
Juveniles end season with two losses06.09.2014:
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. (Foto by TruckStar)
CBCZ 2014 NLA LEADERS
|TOTAL BASES||DOUBLES||ON-BASE PCT.|
|1. Byrne, R.||61||1. Sedin, R.||12||1. Sedin, R.||.519|
|2. Sedin, R.||57||2. Byrne, R.||11||2. Reyes, E.||.480|
|3. Reyes, E.||51||3. Zeller, S.||6||3. Byrne, R.||.470|
|4. Siegrist, T.||39||4. Siegrist, T.||5||4. Siegrist, T.||.363|
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CBCZ 2014 NLB LEADERS
|BATTING AVG.||WALKS||TOTAL BASES|
|1. Nepomuceno, C.||.463||1. Azuma, Y.||17||1. De la Rosa Bautista, J.||43|
|2. Kovac, Ku.||.415||2. Kovac, Ku.||17||2. Kovac, Ku.||36|
|3. De la Rosa Bautista, J.||.410||3. De la Rosa Bautista, J.||15||3. Nepomuceno, C.||25|
|4. Falcone, F.||.351||4. Sarmiento, A.||14||4. Falcone, F.||24|
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CBCZ 2014 SOFTBALL LEADERS
|1. Simitovic, L.||15||1. Simitovic, L.||56||1. Shepard, V.||1.274|
|2. Shepard, V.||11||2. Grass, C.||49||2. Grass, C.||1.096|
|3. Oswald, G.||11||3. Oswald, G.||47||3. Rölli, J.||1.056|
|4. Cellar, S.||10||4. Shepard, V.||44||4. Oswald, G.||.889|
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