Challengers lose Friday night game

The Challengers once again fell behind early in the local derby. Since the offensive remains pale this Friday evening, the early deficit weighs too heavily. The Barracudas left the field as winners with a score of 8-5.

This circumstance runs like a common thread through the title holder’s season so far. The Challengers regularly oversleep the start and are repeatedly confronted with a large deficit. The strong offense was able to correct the initial damage a few times, but against the Zurich Barracudas and their young pitchers they were not able to turn things around.

The game was marked by many errors. Of the 13 runs scored, only five were earned. The Barracudas took a 2-0 lead in the first frame thanks, among other things, to a costly error. The home team followed up with three more runs in the third inning. And the Challengers’ first run, an RBI-single by Säntis Zeller, was followed by two more runs in the fourth inning to make it 7-1. Now the guests jumped in as well. Robert Sedin cut the lead to 2-7 with an RBI-single before the Barracudas gave up three runs on two errors in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. However, Barracudas closer Alex Bruce shut the door in the final two innings. On Sunday afternoon the Challengers have the chance for a revenge. At 3 p.m. there will be another local derby in the Heerenschürli ballpark.


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