Nightgames on Friday and Saturday at the Heerenschürli

The upcoming weekend offers everything for the fans of the Challengers. It starts on Friday, June 30 at 6.30 pm with a NLA nightgame at the Heerenschürli ballpark between the Challengers and their cross-town rivals Zürich Barracudas. The C’s won the first two games against the Barracudas, but both games were on the edge till the last play. Friday’s game will be under a special motto, as the C’s are collecting for the expansion of the vacation center Wannental of the Altried Foundation. More informations about the project can be found at Stiftung Altried and Ferienzentrum Wannental
On Saturday, July 1 the NLB-Team will host the Hünenberg Unicorns at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm at the Heerenschürli ballpark in a fight for 1st place between the best two NLB teams in 2017. Both teams lost only one game in 2017, as they split in their first double header in May.
And at 6.00 pm there will take place the second NLA nightgame between the Challengers and the Barracudas.

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Opening Day on Saturday

The Challengers 2017 season will start with a Home Opener against the Luzern Eagles on Saturday, April 22 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. The team of head coach Robert Sedin added several players to their 2017 roster. The debut of pitcher Sandy Patrone in a Challengers uniform is particularly exciting. The Dominican played 13 years for Rimini Baseball in the Italian Baseball League and won the Italian Championship in 2006. The 33-year-old also pitched 25 times for the Italian Nationalteam and played 2003, 2007 and 2009 at the World Chmapionships. The games against the Eagles will also be very special for Andrea Girasole and Patrick Maier. Both played the last three seasons for the Eagles before returning to the Challengers in 2017. Patrick Zöllig will also give his comeback almost eight years after his last game for the C’s. The games start at 11 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. at the Heerenschürli.
The NLB-Team will open its 2017 campaign against the Thun Hunters. The two teams will meet on Sunday, April 23 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. The games will begin at 11 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.

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Challengers sweep Bandits

The Challengers won twice on Saturday, May 27 against the newest member of the NLA, the Jona Bandits. Game 1 was a one-sided affair, as the C’s posted a 18-2 victory. Six players delivered two hits, while Jesus Martinez and Kurt Kovac drove in three runs apiece and Tobias Siegrist scored four times. Kovac pitched three innings out of the bullpen for the win. And the Challengers stayed focused in Game 2 as well, cruising to a 20-5 win. Their next opponent will be more difficult to beat. The C’s will host the Sissach Frogs on June 11 at the Heerenschürli ballpark.

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Sedin joins the Challengers

Rob Sedin, the new Challengers head coach, arrived in Zurich and will begin to work with the teams today. It is already the fifth season for Sedin with the Challengers, but his first as their skipper. James Sanders, who is also the Swiss Nationalteam head coach, will be the Assistant Coach.
As a player Sedin was very successful with the C’s over the last four years. He recorded a .391 batting average with 37 doubles, 6 triples, 3 homeruns, 77 RBI’s and 127 runs scored in 101 games. He also started 31 games from the mound with a 18-14 record and a 2.65 ERA with 296 strikeouts in 257.2 innings.

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Away game postponed

The NLA double header between the Bern Cardinals and the Zurich Challengers scheduled for Saturday, April 16 has been canceled due to bad weather. No make-up date has been announced so far. The next game for the C’s will be their 2016 home opener against the Therwil Flyers on Sunday, April 24 at the Heerenschürli ballpark.

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Rob Sedin named new Challengers Head Coach

The Challengers Baseball and Softball Club is proud to announce that Robert Sedin has been named new head coach for the 2016 season.
The 28-year old San Jose native is wearing the Challengers uniform since 2012 as a player and coach of the organization’s NLB-Team. Sedin appeared in 101 games for the C’s, batting .391 Avg. with 37 doubles, 6 triples, 3 homeruns, 77 RBI’s and 127 runs scored. He also started 31 games as a pitcher, having a 18-14 record with 2.65 ERA and 296 strikeouts in 257.2 innings.

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Winter Practice

The winter practice for the Challengers Baseball & Softball Club starts on Monday, October 19 with a pitcher and catcher practice for the U20 and U15 players at the Schulhaus Schauenberg. The practice for the Softball-Team will take place every Tuesday at the Turnhalle Lavater, while the Baseball hitting and fielding practice will newly take place on Wednesdays at the Turnhalle Hirzenbach. For further details concerning the NLA, NLB and 1st League practices, the Softball practice and the practice for the Juniors please check the team’s pages on the Challengers website.

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Challengers edged again, Barracudas lead 2-0

The Challengers took another tough loss in Game 2 on Sunday, August 30 against the Zürich Barracudas, this time the C’s lost 4-5. The Challengers almost erased a five-run deficit, but left the tying run on second base in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The C’s were dominant in the second half of the game and outhit their opponents 12-8, but couldn’t close the gap, as they missed too many chances to score. Clayton Carson started the rally with a double and scored on a RBI-single from Tobias Siegrist. In the fifth Robert Sedin and Siegrist again reduced the deficit to two runs 3-5 and in the sixth it seemed, that the C’s came within one run, but Jay Casimiro was called out at home. So it was in the eight frame, as the C’s scored another run with Siegrist crossing the plate on a wild pitch. The Barracudas are now leding the best-of-five semi-final series 5-4, so that the Challengers are already with their backs against the wall. Game 3 will take place on Saturday, September 5 at the Heerenschürli park.

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Challengers lose Game 1 in eleventh inning

The Challengers are behind 0-1 after Game 1 of the Best-of-five Semifinal Series against their local rivals Zürich Barracudas. The Challengers lost a fantastic game 2-3 in the bottom of the eleventh inning. The team of playing coach Clayton Carson was behind for the most part of the game, as Carlos Nepomuceno tied the game at 2-2 with a pinch-hit RBI-single in the top of the eighth inning. The Barracudas came close in the tenth frame, but pitcher Tobias Siegrist worked in and out of trouble. But the Barracudas walked away in the eleventh, as Hasson Rogers delivered a two-out infield single to make it 3-2. Game 2 will take place on Sunday, August 30 at 2 pm at the Heerenschürli ballpark.

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