GERMANY – The Regensburg Legionaere opened defense of their German League title with a pair of wins against the HSV Stealers on Saturday in the first round of the Bundesliga playoffs. With the sweep, the Legionaere leads the best-of-five series two games to none.
The South Division champion rolled to an easy 11-1 road victory in the opening game but struggled mightily in Game 2. Hamburg, which was making its first post-season appearance in nine years, pulled even with Regensburg at 3-3 in the ninth on Brehan Murphy’s RBI hit. However, coach Martin Helmig’s squad plated four runs in the 10th to claim a 7-3 win.
SOLINGEN CLOBBERS MAINZ
The North Division champion disposed of the Mainz Athletics in a pair of lopsided road wins to take a two games to none lead in their best-of-five series. The Alligators beat the fourth-seeded A’s 12-4 in Game 1 before completing the sweep with a 12-3 victory in the second game.
HEIDENHEIM CRUSHES DORTMUND
The Heidenheim Heidekoepfe limited the Dortmund Wanderers to a lone run to grab a two games to none advantage in their best-of-five first round series. The second seed from the South Division won the opening game 7-1, and finished off the sweep with a 12-0 victory behind American right-hander Dusty Bergman’s one-hit gem.
MANNHEIM TOPPLES PADERBORN
The Mannheim Tornados upset the North Division second seed Paderborn Untouchables twice last Saturday at home to take a commanding two games to none lead in their best-of-five series. The third-seeded Tornados captured a wild 10-9 win in the first game after wasting a seven-run lead, and Marvin Appiah smacked a three-run blast in an 8-0 victory in Game 2.
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