The Softball-Team remained in third place after a split with the Wil Devils on Sunday, August 22 at the Klopstockwiese. The Challengers used a 17-hit attack to erase an early five-run deficit en route to a 17-10 victory over the Devils in Game 1.
The Devils opened the score with five runs in the first inning, as they delivered three hits and the Challengers defense committed three errors. But the C’s came back strong, as Alexia Zingg slapped a two-run single to highlight a seven-run first inning and Leandra Simitovic added a two-run single in the opening inning to make it 7-5.
Both teams added five runs over the next three frames for a 12-10 Challengers lead. But the Challengers’ bats were on fire, as they exploded for five hits and five runs that ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Alexia Zingg opened the frame with a single before Karen Heimgartner laced a double to left field. Ziegylou Wehrli and Celine Welti followed with RBI-singles and Andrea Wirth delivered a two-run double to deep center field to make it 16-10.
Alexia Zingg ended 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, Karen Heimgartner went 3-for-4 with a double and Celine Welti had two hits and crossed the plate three times, while Leandra Simitovic, Simona Cellar and Andrea Wirth drove in two runs apiece.
Leandra Simitovic yielded eleven hits and ten runs – seven earned – with two walks while striking out three to win for the seventh time this season.
Game 2 was all Devils, as they cruised to a 9-1 win over the Challengers. The Devils delivered nine hits, while the C’s defense committed eight errors. The Devils put things out of reach in the fourth, as Chantal Breitenmoser belted a base-clearing double to deep center field to make it 5-0. Claire Rietmann-Grout carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before pinch hitter Elizabete Vieira singled to right field and Nancy Plamondon drove her in with an RBI-single to make it 1-5.
Rietmann-Grout limited the C’s to three hits and struck out seven, while Karen Heimgartner ended up with the loss, as she allowed nine runs – only two earned – with one walk and four strikeouts.
The C’s maintain a slim half game lead over the Devils and a three-game lead over the fifth placed Zurich Barracudas.