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Austria: ABL Kicks Off First Full Weekend; Cubs and Indians Lead League with Sweeps

Austria: ABL Kicks Off First Full Weekend; Cubs and Indians Lead League with Sweeps

The first full weekend of the Austrian Baseball League is in the books with two teams leading the way after a weekend sweep.  The Dornbirn Indians took care of the Attnang Athletics in a pair of games, while the Stockerau Cubs downed the defending champion Vienna Wanderers in a pair of games.

Attnang Athletics 0, Dornbirn Indians 2
Attnang Athletics 2, Dornbirn Indians 7

The Indians got a great start out of Paul Astl who tossed seven innings of three-hit, no-run ball. He struck out nine en route to the win for the Indians. Franz Haisjackl picked up the save tossing two scoreless innings to finish the game.

Walter Strasser pitched well for the Athletics but got no offensive support. He pitched six innings allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out 10.

Both teams collected just five hits apiece. The Athletics Raphael Mayr (2-for-4) was the only hitter on either team with more than one hit.

Game 2 featured a bit more offense and another Indians win.

Danny Hall Jr. pitched well for Dornbirn giving up just two unearned runs in six innings to pick up the win. Again, Franz Haisjackl picked up the save tossing three scoreless innings of relief.

John Dobkowski took the loss for the Athletics pitching seven innings allowing six runs on 12 hits.

Joachim Frick (1-for-3) homered and drove in a pair of runs for the Indians. Patrick Steinkellner set the table for the Indians in the lead off spot going 3-for-5. Devery Van de Keere also homered and went 3-for-4 in the win.

Lukas Scheicher was the only Athletics hitter with more than one hit going 2-for-5 with a double.

In other league action:

Andrew Oberthaler went 3-for-9 with a home run and three RBI in a pair of games for the Vienna Wanderers.

Max Scholdan hit a solo home run for the Wanderers.

Arian Quirantes had a huge weekend for the Stockerau Cubs. In the two games he went 5-for-8 with a home run in each game.

Derek Bettinson had a huge second game for the Cubs hitting a home run and going 4-for-5.

Mark Brunnthaler picked up two wins in relief for the Cubs tossing five innings giving up just one run.

Lutz Rauch went 4-for-8 for the Vienna Metrostars over the weekend.

Wayne Ough scored four runs and went 3-for-7 for the Diving Ducks.

Claus Seiser went 3-for-5 in the first game for the Diving Ducks. He finished the weekend 4-for-9.

ABL Scores:

Attnang Athletics 0, Dornbirn Indians 2
Attnang Athletics 2, Dornbirn Indians 7

Vienna Wanderers 6, Stockerau Cubs 7 (11)
Vienna Wanderers 6, Stockerau Cubs 7

Diving Ducks 8, Vienna Metrostars 7
Diving Ducks 3, Vienna Metrostars 4

ABL Standings:

1. Dornbirn Indians 2-0
1. Stockerau Cubs 2-0
3. Diving Ducks 2-2
4. Vienna Metrostars 1-1
5. Vienna Wanderers 1-3
6. Attnang Athletics 0-2

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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