Challengers down by one again

The Challengers lost also the second night game against the Zürich Barracudas within 48 hours. And it was a close affair again, as the Barracudas edged the C's 4-3 with two runs in the top of the ninth inning to win three out of four local derbies in 2014 so far. All three wins were at the end of a one run ballgame. While the Barracudas extended their winning streak to 12 games, the C's record dropped to 4-7.

 

The C’s had a great start into the game, as they scored three runs in the bottom of the first frame on two hits and two errors from the Barracudas defense. But that was all Andy Rüesch and the Barracudas allowed. They scored one run in the third and fifth innings to make it 2-3, before Nderim Coma tied the game with a RBI-single and later scored on a passed ball with two outs in the ninth. That spoiled a 13-strikeout performance from Challengers starter Ryan Byrne, who allowed four runs – two earned – and seven hits for his third loss of the season despite a 3.11 ERA.

 

The Challengers will now travel to Antwerpen, where they will play at the European Cup Qualifier against NADA Split, Vienna Wanderers, Leksand Baseball and the Brasschaat Braves. On July 2 the C's will face the Therwil Flyers for their next game in the national championship.

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