GERMANY – Dominik Wulf smacked his second home run of the young season, and Nils Hartkopf also went deep as the Solingen Alligators scored early and often in a 11-0 blowout victory over the HSV Stealers Sunday to complete the doubleheader sweep in the German League.
Solingen (8-0) is tied with the Bonn Capitals, which swept the Dortmund Wanderers, for the top spot in the North Division.
American Josh Rickards scattered three hits over six dazzling innings to improve his record to 4-0. The left-hander has limited opposing hitters to just nine hits and one unearned run in 26 innings to boast a perfect 0.00 ERA in four stellar starting assignments.
Hartkopf took the ball in the seventh and sealed the win for the reigning North Division champion.
The Alligators claimed a 7-1 win in the first game. Robin Drache jacked his second long ball of the season – a two-run blast – in the second frame, and southpaw Andre Hughes (3-0) posted his third win of the year.
Jerome Rousseau drove home his eight run of the year for the Stealers in the ninth to spoil the shutout.
Swedish right-hander Joakim Claesson (1-2) was handed his second loss of the season.
PADERBORN FOILS UPSET BID
Daniel Meier tossed a complete game five-hitter and the Paderborn Untouchables survived an upset bid by the Dohren Wild Farmers with a rugged 2-1 victory to complete a twinbill sweep. The U’s tagged Dohren American starter Vince DeCoito with a run in the first, and added another score in the fifth. The Wild Farmers threatened to pull off the upset in the eighth before Meier escaped the jam with just one run and the sacks full. Meier (2-1) allowed a run and five hits while posting 14 strikeouts to get the win. DeCoito () was the tough-luck loser despite a solid eight frames featuring two runs and six hits with nine strikeouts. Paderborn routed Dohren in the first game 11-1 as Meier tallied five hits and five RBIs, and Eugen Heilmann (3-0) picked up his third win.
BONN STAYS UNBEATEN
The Bonn Capitals broke open a close game with seven late runs to turn back the Dortmund Wanderers 11-1 in the first game of a twinbill. National team right-hander Tim Henkenjohann worked seven one-run innings with five hits to improve his season card to 4-0. The Capitals remained tied with Solingen atop the North Division table with a 7-0 win in the second encounter to finish off the sweep. American Bryce Schoening (3-0) tossed eight shutout frames to earn the win, while American Matt Kemp (0-4) was tagged with the loss.
COLOGNE SWEEPS PULHEIM
The Cologne Cardinals captured their first two wins of the 2010 season with a twinbill sweep against the winless Pulheim Gophers. Pascal Raab (1-2) nabbed his first win of the season in a 13-4 victory in the opening game. The Cardinals rode the arm of American right-hander Kevin Brunet (1-2) in the doubleheader finale to complete the sweep with an 8-3 win.
1-Bonn (8-0) 1-Solingen (8-0) 3-Paderborn (7-1) 4-Dohren (3-5) 4-HSV (3-5) 6-Cologne (2-6) 7-Dortmund (1-7) 8-Gauting (0-8)
Sunday, April 25
Solingen Alligators 7, HSV Stealers 1
Solingen Alligators 11, HSV Stealers 0
Bonn Capitals 11, Dortmund Wanderers 1
Bonn Capitals 7, Dortmund Wanderers 0
Paderborn Untouchables 11, Dohren Wild Farmers 1
Paderborn Untouchables 2, Dohren Wild Farmers 1
Cologne Cardinals 13, Pulheim Gophers 4
Cologne Cardinals 8, Pulheim Gophers 3
Photo courtesy of Solingen Alligators