Ladies clinch playoff berth

The Softball-Team clinched the playoff berth with two wins against the cross-town rivals Zurich Barracudas on Sunday, September 6 at the Klopstockwiese. Leandra Simitovic cleared the way to the semifinals for the Challengers tossing five magnificient innings en route to a 10-0 shutout victory in Game 1. Simitovic allowed three hits, with no walks while also striking out seven and Alexia Zingg led the offense going 3-for-3 with two RBI’s and two runs, while Sandrine Montandon and Simone Zurschmitten drove in two runs apiece.
Game 2 saw several lead changes but the same winner again, as the Challengers posted a 12-6 victory over the Barracudas. The C’s were down 3-5, as they exploded for six runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good. Nadja Critelli started the scoring, as Alexia Zingg drove her in with a RBI-double, followed by a RBI-single from Simona Cellar and a RBI-double from Simone Zurschmitten, before Andrea Wirth ended it by ripping a 2-run single to make it 9-5. Simone Zurschmitten lasted three innings in her first career start allowing four runs and one hit with two strikeouts, while Simona Cellar picked up the win pitching three innings of relief, as she allowed two runs – none of them earned – and one hit with one walk and one strikeout.
The Challengers (10-10) will face the reigning champions Therwil Flyers (19-1) in the semifinals. Game 1 of the best-of-three series will be played on Saturday, September 12 at 1.30pm at the Klopstockwiese, Game 2 and if necessary 3 will take place on Sunday, September 13 at Therwil.


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