The Challengers opened their spring season with two games against their cross-town rivals Zürich Barracudas on March 22 at the Heerenschürli ballpark. In the first game the NLB-Teams faced each other. The Barracudas rallied for a 4-3 win, after the C’s led through six innings thanks to solid pitching from starter Kurt Kovac and Willy Schaub.
In game 2 the NLA-Team started a little rusty, trailing 9-1 in the fifth frame. Then the C’s started to score some runs too to close the gap to two runs. Thomas Burger, James Sanders and Chris Palatinus had solid outings from the mound, while the defense committed some errors. The C’s will gain some more playing experience, as they will participate at the 18th Zurich Spring Tournament on March 28 and 29 at the Heerenschürli ballpark.