Challengers roll over Bows

The Challengers made one more big step towards a second-place overall finish in the standings by beating the Embrach Rainbows twice in Saturday’s doubleheader. Game 1’s big hero was Saentis Zeller as he went 6-for-6 with five doubles, setting a new franchise record, in a 15-7 win. Thomas Burger pitched a complete game for his fourth win of the season. In Game 2, Harry Bregy dominated the Rainbows, while the offense continued to pound on Rainbow pitchers, winning 16-1 in six innings. Zeller added two more doubles in a 3-for-5 performance. The Challengers now stand at 12-6 before the final doubleheader against the Zurich Barracudas on August 5.

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Challengers reach Final Four

After missing the final tournament of the 2006 Swiss Cup edition, the Challengers’ NLA-team got back on track this year by beating the Embrach Rainbows 8-3 in the Quarterfinals. Tobias Siegrist with a 2-run-homer and Bryan Shemley with a groundrule-double, that also scored two runs, led the offense, while starter Thomas Burger pitched 8 decent innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits and 5 walks, fanning 9 batters.

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Schweizer Softballerinnen EM-7.

Das Schweizer Softball Nationalteam beendet die Softball Europameisterschaften in Zagreb auf dem 7. Rang. Die Schweizerinnen setzten sich im Spiel um Rang 7 gegen die Ukraine sicher mit 9-2 durch. Kelsey Mack erzielte einen Grand Slam im 1. Inning, als die Schweiz mit 7-0 schon früh alles klar machte. Ein 2-Run Double von Corina Casparis sorgte im 4. Inning für den Endstand. Damit schliessen die Eidgenossinnen die EM mit einer ausgeglichenen Bilanz von drei Siegen und drei Niederlagen ab. Weitere Infos: Schedule 
,Official Tournaments Homepage 

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Swiss Cup Quarterfinal

The 2007 Swiss Cup quarterfinals will take place this weekend, as the Challengers will face the Embrach Rainbows on Sunday at 2pm at the Heerenschürli. The C’s lost against the Rainbows surprisingly 7-8 last year in round 3. The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to the final four weekend, which will take place on August 18 & 19 at Therwil. The other quartefinal matchups are Geneva Dragons vs. Therwil Flyers, Bern Cardinals vs. Hünenberg Unicorns and Zurich Barracudas vs. Lausanne Indians.

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Challengers get beat up

The Challengers’ NLA-team lost two crucial games against a strong Lausanne Indians team. The Indians’ batters were swinging pretty well all day, and the Challengers couldn’t withstand the scorching heat and the painstaking minute-long discussions with the Indian players, going down 11-4 and 13-10. At several points of the doubleheader, the Indians were on the verge of one of their players getting sent off the field. Discussions after each pitch that didn’t go the Indians’ way made the second contest of the day an extremely long and forgettable one. One positive of the weekend was the Barracudas’ surprising 11-3 loss to the Embrach Rainbows, enabling the Challengers to maintain a 1-game lead over their arch rivals for second place overall. In Sunday’s other doubleheader, the Bern Cardinals wrapped up their second consecutive pennant by beating the Sissach Frogs 13-2 and 17-4.

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NLB-Team lost twice to Unicorns

The NLB-Team played against the third placed Unicorns on Saturday at Hünenberg. The C’s were dominated in both games by the good pitching and strong batting from the Unicorns. The veterans were responsible for the only Challengers‘ run in Game 1, as Beat Eichenberger scored on a RBI-groundout by Pierre Burger and Eichenberger and Jan Stuchlik had a double each, as the Unicorns cruised to a 14-1 victory. Adderly Sarmiento had three hits and scored two runs in Game 2, while spot starter Dean Scherbaum tossed a complete game with five strikeouts, but the defense committed seven errors, as the C’s lost 4-19.

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Cadets EM in Reggio Calabria

Die Schweizer U15 Nationalmannschaft beendet die B-Europameisterschaften im italienischen Reggio Calabria im sechsten und letzten Rang. Auch im letzten Gruppenspiel gegen San Marino setzte es mit 1-11 eine Niederlage ab. (Boxscore). Stand es im fünften Inning noch 1-3, mussten die Eidgenossen am Ende den Strapazen des Turniers Tribut zollen. Acht Errors und einige Wild Pitches kosteten noch acht Runs. Challengers Shortstop Ryan Engesser erzielte seinen dritten Hit des Turniers und verbuchte eine Stolen Base, während Gabriel Staub einen Walk herausholte und eine erneut starke Defensivleistung zeigte. Weitere Infos: Swiss Nationalteam Roster 
, Schedule 
, Official Tournaments Homepage 

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Family & Friends Tournament

Das traditionelle Challengers Family & Friends Tournament fand am Sonntag, 8. Juli neu erstmals auf der Klopstockwiese statt. Fünf Teams aus aktuellen und ehemaligen Spielern, deren Familien und Freunden traten an, um den begehrten Titel mit nach Hause zu nehmen. Trotz günstiger Wettervorhersagen musste das Turnier aber nach nur vier gespielten Partien – wie wir es sonst aus Wimbledon kennen – wegen Regens abgebrochen werden. Am Nachmittag wurde eine Regenpause zum Highlight des Tages genutzt. Dabei bezwang Leandra & Friends sensationell ein Challengers All-Star Team mit 12-6. Trotz der schlechten äusseren Bedingungen war das Plauschturnier erneut ein grosser Erfolg.

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