Challengers pitcher Thomas Landis reached a milestone, as the right hander got his 100th career win on Thursday night, September 13 at the Heerenschürli ballpark against the Zürich Lions. Landis worked two scoreless innings of relief, as the Challengers cruised to an easy 15-2 victory over the Lions. He is the first pitcher in the history of Swiss baseball to win 100 games. Landis recorded his 99th career win on July 18, 2010 against the Luzern Eagles.
The Challengers finish the qualification round in fourth place with an 18-10 record and will face either the reigning champion Bern Cardinals or the Therwil Flyers in the best-of-five semi-final series. Game 1 will take place on Saturday, September 22. The C’s won ten of their last eleven games to clinch the playoff berth after being 0.5 games below .500 on July 22. The last time the Challengers recorded 18 wins in a season was in 2002, as they finished the qualification round with a 18-2 record. The C’s beat the Flyers 3-1 in the 2002 best-of-five final series to celebrate their seventh out of eight Swiss championship titles.
Read the interview with Thomas Landis on swiss-baseball.ch