Challengers with split against Flyers

Normally, games between the arch-rivals Zurich Challengers and Therwil Flyers offer material for drama. However on Saturday there were two one-sided games with one win for both teams each.

The early start of the season and the recent difficult training conditions due to the weather did not contribute to an increase in quality. Compared to the final series of 2023 a lot of things were still fragmented and the error rate – in the area of so-called mental errors as well – was relatively high. Game one was decided in the fourth inning. The Flyers opened the gap to 9-1 with seven runs and the Baselbieters almost immediately countered a rally by the Challengers. In the end the guests won 16-6. The man of the game was undoubtedly Sven Leemann, who was largely responsible for the difference with four hits, four RBI and a three-run home run in the sixth inning. On the Zurich side, Regis Reinhard stood out with three hits, while Leonel Sosa Marte and Rob Sedin each delivered two hits.

As on the opening weekend against city rivals Zurich Barracudas the Challengers also managed an impressive response against the Flyers. Pitcher Ryan Byrne delivered a two-hitter, allowing just two runs – one earned – with four walks and six strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Challengers showed more patience at the plate than in other games. With thirteen walks and well-timed hits they produced 17 runs and finished the game after five innings with a 17-2 victory. Leonel Sosa Marte and Säntis Zeller each contributed two hits, Rob Sedin collected three RBI, while Ryan Byrne, Regis Reinhard and Tobias Siegrist scored three runs each.


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