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Germany: Mainz Falls a Game Behind After Splitting Series with Bad Homburg

Germany: Mainz Falls a Game Behind After Splitting Series with Bad Homburg

A week after sweeping Mainz and tying for the South Division lead, the Buchbinder Legionaere have taken the lead after another weekend sweep. While the Legionaere were sweeping the last place Tubingen Hawks, Mainz was busy splitting a series with the Bad Homburg Hornets.

Mainz Athletics 5, Bad Homburg Hornets 2
Mainz Athletics 8, Bad Homburg Hornets 11

Christian Decher pitched Mainz to victory in Game 1 of the weekend series with the Hornets. Tossing a complete game, Decher allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out ten.

The game was tied 2-2 heading into the last inning when Mainz came through with three unearned runs as Bad Homburg fell apart defensively in the ninth inning.

Offensively Julius Spann went 3-for-4 with a double. Maximilian Bolt had a nice day as well. He went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, stolen base, two runs scored, and a RBI.

Game 2 had another late inning comeback, but this time it was Bad Homburg.

Heading into the eighth inning Mainz was leading 6-4. Then Bad Homburg exploded for seven runs to take the lead for good. The big hit came on a two-run double by Rogelio Maldonado (1-for-4/3 RBI) giving the Hornets an 8-6 lead.

Fabian Fermin Hernandez (1-for-4) homered to tie the game at three in the sixth inning. Spenser Payne had a nice day at the plate for the Hornets as well going 3-for-5 and scoring two runs from the lead-off spot. He doubled twice and worked a walk. Also helping out was Benedict Ullrich who went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

For Mainz, Julius Spann homered and doubled going 2-for-4 in the loss.

The loss took Mainz out of a tie for first and left them in a tie for second with Heidenheim.

In other North Division action:

Simon Guhring had a huge game in Game 1 for Heidenheim. He went 4-for-6, scored three runs, drove in six, doubled twice, and hit a grand slam in the first inning.

Several players had huge games for Heidenheim in Game 1 as they scored 20 runs including Alexander Lauterbach (2-for-3/4 RBI), James McOwen (3-for-6/3 runs), Robert Gruber (3-for-5/3 runs/2 RBI), and Jay Pecci (2-for-4/2 doubles).

Michael Durham had a big day for Mannheim in Game 1 going 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and a home run.

Matthew Kemp pitched well for Mannheim in Game 2, but didn’t factor into the decision. He pitched eight innings giving up two hits and one run.

James Kang (1-for-5) homered for Heidenheim in Game 2.

Gavin Ng went 5-for-5 scoring three runs for the Stuttgart Reds in a Game 1 over Haar. He doubled and stole two bases.

Richard Olson tossed eight shutout innings giving up just four hits earning the win for Stuttgart in Game 2. He struck out 12.

Chris Beck had a nice day at the plate in Game 2 for Stuttgart. He went 3-for-4, scored three runs, doubled, and drove in two.

Matthew Vance went 2-for-4 with four runs scored, a stolen base, and a solo home run in Game 1 for the Legionaere.

Ludwig Glaser went 2-for-5, scored three runs, and drove in three more for the Legionaere in a Game 1 win.

Richard Klijn had a nice Game 2 for the Legionaere. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI.

Germany North Division Scores:

Mainz Athletics 5, Bad Homburg Hornets 2
Mainz Athletics 8, Bad Homburg Hornets 11

Mannheim Tornados 3, Heidemheim Heidekopfe 20
Mannheim Tornados 3, Heidemheim Heidekopfe 4 (11)

Stuttgart Reds 6, Haar Disciples 3
Stuttgart Reds 7, Haar Disciples 0

Tubingen Hawks 2, Buchbinder Legionaere 12 (8)
Tubingen Hawks 0, Buchbinder Legionaere 10 (7)

Germany North Division Standings:

1. Buchbinder Legionaere 19-5
2. Mainz Athletics 18-6
3. Heidemheim Heidekopfe 18-6
4. Haar Disciples 13-10
5. Stuttgart Reds 13-11
6. Bad Homburg Hornets 8-18
7. Mannheim Tornados 4-20
8. Tubingen Hawks 2-19

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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