The semi-finals of the German Baseball League Playoffs kicked off this weekend. The Solingen Alligators are facing off with the Regensburg Legionaere, while Heidenheim and Paderborn are facing one another.
Solingen 1, 2 – Regensburg 5, 1
Solingen and Regensburg split a double header on Saturday with the Legionaere winning Game 1.
In Game 1, Regensburg jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the 1st inning. They added a single run in the 7th and scored two more in the 9th to win going away. Evan John Le Blanc (2-for-4) homered and drove in 2 runs. Petr Cech (2-for-3) added a home run, scored 2 runs, and drove in 2. Christoph Zirzlmeier (2-for-4) added a solo home run as well. Dustin Hughes drove in the only run for the Alligators with a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
Mike Bolsenbroek pitched a complete game allowing a single run on 5 hits while striking out 10 to earn the win. Andre Hughes went the distance for Solingen taking the loss.
Solingen bounced back in Game 2 as Shelby Robertson pitched great allowing only 1 run on 6 hits over 9 innings picking up the win.
Solingen got on the board on a solo home run by Moritz Buttgereit (1-for-4) in the bottom of the 6th. Evan John Le Blanc (1-for-3) quickly tied the game for Regensburg with another home run in the top of the 7th. Solingen ended the game on a walk off single by Florian Gotze (1-for-4).
The games move to Regensburg for the final 3 games of the series next weekend.
Heidenheim 9, 10 – Paderborn 12, 4
Heidenheim and Paderborn also split the first 2 games of the 5 game series this weekend.
Paderborn pounded out 25 hits in Game 1 to win 12-9. Daniel Hinz (3-for-5) had a big day with a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI. However, Bjorn Schonlau had a bigger day pounding out 5 hits in 6 at bats with a home run, a run scored, and 3 RBI. Matt Martin was also 5-for-6 with 2 RBI.
Simon Guhring tripled and drove in 3 runs for Heidenheim. Johannes Schaffler drove in 2 runs and was 3-for-5.
Game 2 went the other way as Heidenheim limited Paderborn to 4 runs to tie the series at 1. Heidenheim scored 9 runs in the 7th inning to go ahead and put the game away at the same time.
Alexander Lauterbach had 1 hit, but it was a good one being a grand slam in the 7th inning. Aaron Hornostay added 4 hits in 5 at bats driving in a run and scoring another. Justin Wilson drove in 2 runs going 2-for-5 to help Heidenheim tie the series.
Patrick Lawson pitched a complete game to earn the win. Brian Fields lasted 6 innings taking the loss for Paderborn.
Matt Martin had another big day for Paderborn going 3-for-5 with 2 RBI.
The games move to Paderborn next weekend.