Challengers sweep Lions

The Challengers improved their record to 4-5 after winning twice against the Zürich Lions on Saturday, May 7 at the Heerenschürli.

The Challengers offense exploded for ten runs in the top of the eight inning, as the C’s posted a 18-7 win over the Lions in Game 1. The C’s built a five-run lead, but the Lions tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the fifth frame. Kurt Kovac had three hits and five RBI’s and Carlos Pena added four hits for the Challengers, while Thomas Burger pitched four innings of relief, allowing two hits and one run for his first win of the season.

Thomas Blank, Carlos Peña and Adrian Kämpfer turned a crucial double-play with the tying run on third base in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the Challengers edged the Lions 2-1 in Game 2. Jesus Martinez and Adrian Kämpfer had one RBI each, while Patrick Maier and Chris Palatinus combined for a two-hitter. Maier was credited with the win, as he allowed one run on one hit and six walks, while also striking out eight. Palatinus pitched the final 2.2 innings for his first save of the season.

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