The NLB-Team swept the Jona Bandits on Saturday, October 6 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. In both games the Challengers trailed after 5 1/2 innings but turned them around with late rallies. In game 1 the C’s batted through the order in the bottom of the sixth to eventually win it 13-10. Game 2 provided two defensively solid teams that kept the errors low. The Challengers got in front 3-0 but missed a lot of chances to increase the score as they loaded the bases in three innings without harvesting a single run. Meanwhile, the Bandits scored five times and it wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Challengers were able to answer with a two-out, two-RBI, game-tying single by Adderly Sarmiento that sent the game to extras. After a 1-2-3 inning in defense, Adrian Kämpfer ended the game with a walk-off-double to the center field wall that plated Carlos Nepomuceno for a 6-5 win. Wascar de Leon recorded both wins with a fine performance of relief pitching, notable hits provided Dean Scherbaum with a triple and Nicolas Motte with an RBI-single in in game 2 while Daiki Sato had a pair of RBI-singles and Ryan Koley collected both his fist career hit and RBI in game 1.
The C’s remain in fifth place with a 9-11 record and will host the Sissach Frogs on Sunday, October 21 at the Heerenschürli ballpark for the last Challengers games of the 2012 season.