Challengers stay at .500

The Challengers endured their third straight loss, as they missed several scoring chances, before throwing the game away in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Lausanne Indians on Sunday, May 9.

With the game tied at 3-3 the C’s loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 11th inning, but two line drives right into the gloves of the Indians’ defense ended the threat. In the bottom half of the frame the Indians had the game winning run on third with one out, but the C’s tagged the runner out in a run-down between third base and home. Meanwhile Fabrice Gendre tried to advance to second and eventually scored, when a overthrow to second sailed into center field.

Challengers starter Thomas Burger left the game in the second inning due to a blister. Chris Palatinus tossed nine strong innings of relief for the C’s, as he allowed two runs and five hits with three walks and six strikeouts, but was outdueled by Indians starter Damien Baumann, who gave up three runs – one earned – and 11 hits with one walk and sent the C’s to their third straight loss.

Game 2 was all Challengers, as they cruised to a 12-1 victory over the Indians. James Sanders (2-0) pitched five scoreless innings, while Patrick Maier made his debut in blue and red, working two innings of relief.

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