The Challengers split with their cross-town rivals Zürich Barracudas on Sunday, April 6 to start their 2014 campaign. The teams fought two hard battles, as both rallied for q victory apiece. Game 1 was a pitcher's duel between Andy Rüesch for the Barracudas and Ryan Byrne for the C's, as they exchanged zeros on the scoreboard for the first six frames. The Challengers had a runner on third in four of the first seven innings, but the Barracudas opened the score on back-to-back two-out RBI-doubles to make it 2-0.
But the C's answered right away, scoring three runs in the top of the eighth frame. The Barracudas defense misplayed a bunt by Harry Bregy, enabling Jesus Martinez and Bryan Shemley to tie the game before Eidrys Reyes drove in Bregy with a sacrifice fly to right. And the C's added an insurance run in the ninth, as Tobias Siegrist brought home Robert Sedin with an RBI-double. Ryan Byrne was credited with the win in his debut for the C's, allowing only two unearned runs in seven frames, while Tobias Siegrist closed the 4-2 victory with two shutout innings.
In the Game 2 the Challengers had the better start, as Siegrist delivered a two-run double and later scored on an RBI-double by Säntis Zeller to make it 3-0. But this time the Barracudas rallied to win 4-3 for a split.
The C's will host the Luzern Eagles on Sunday, April 13 at the Heerenschürli ballpark.