The Softball final series begins on Saturday, September 18 with the Zurich Challengers and the Luzern Eagles playing Game 1 and 2 of their best-of-five series.
It is the first-ever postseason meeting between the two teams. For the Challengers it is the fourth appearance in the finals and the first since 2007, after winning the Swiss championship in 2006, while the Eagles reached the finals in 2008 after winning the crown twice in 1999 and 2001.
This year the Eagles finished the qualification round in first place with a 19-5 record and swept the Wil Devils in their semifinal series 2-0. After a 12-2 victory in Game 1, the Eagles edged the Devils in Game 2, as they posted a 1-0 shutout win. The Challengers, who had a 15-9 regular season record, dethroned the reigning champion Therwil Flyers in their semifinal series. After the C’s won the opener 13-2, the Flyers forced a decisive Game 3 with a 11-1 victory in Game 2, before the C’s posted a 16-9 win in Game 3.
With two wins apiece on each field in May the Eagles swept the season series from the Challengers. The Eagles are riding a seven game winning streak and won 13 of their last 14 games, while the Challengers have a 16-5 record since June 5, after a dismal 1-5 start.
The games start at 11am and 1.30pm at the Klopstockwiese. Game 3 and if necessary 4 and 5 will be played on September 25 and 26 at Luzern Reussbühl.
Number of meetings (since 2004): 18
Regular Season Series: 11-7 (.611) Zurich Challengers
Post Season Meetings: first-ever postseason series