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Austria: Vienna Wanderers to Defend Title Against the Metrostars in Finals

Austria: Vienna Wanderers to Defend Title Against the Metrostars in Finals

The championship series is set in the Austrian Baseball League as the Vienna Metrostars will face off with defending champion Vienna Wanderers.

The Metrostars and Wanderers tied for the leagues best record after the regular season along with the Dornbirn Indians.  However, due to tiebreakers the Wanderers received the #1 seed and faced off with the Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks.

The Wanderers jumped all over the Diving Ducks at home in games 1 and 2 outscoring them 27-6 in the two wins. However, the Ducks weren’t going to just lie down and roll over. They came back with a win in Game 3 behind the big bat of Jake Turcato. Turcato went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI.

But that would be the only win for the Diving Ducks. The Wanderers came back to win both Game 4 and 5 to close out the series. Game 5 was not exactly a pitching clinic as the Wanderers won 13-12 by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Joseph Wilson led the offense for the Wanderers hitting at a .467 clip. Max Scholdan wasn’t far behind at .444. Scholdan led the team in hits (8) and RBI (14).  Hiroyuki Sakanashi led the team in stolen bases (9/11) and tied for the lead in runs (10).

Andrew Dowl led the pitching with a 2-0 record in a pair of starts. He allowed just two earned runs in 15 innings for a 1.20 ERA. He will now go up against a strong Metrostars offense.

In the other semifinal series, the Vienna Metrostars downed the Dornbirn Indians in five games.

Dornbirn won the first game 6-5 behind a Danny Hall Jr. home run. However, they would see the Metrostars come back to sweep the next four games.

The Metrostars unleashed the bats the rest of the way. The lowest run total they had in the final four games was eight. They finished the series with a flourish and 23 runs.

Over the course of the five game series, Peter Ferek hit at a .524 clip to lead the Metrostars. He led the team in nearly every offensive category including hits (11), doubles (3), RBI (12), and total bases (17). He also hit the teams only home run.

As a team the Metrostars posted a line of .316/.441/.391 which is pretty impressive and led all teams in the semifinals.

The team also posted an impressive team ERA of just 2.90. Led by Stefan Ludescher who pitched a shortened complete game not allowing an earned run. Jakob Simonsen also had a nice series pitching 12.2 innings while posting a 2.84 ERA.

2013 Austrian Baseball League Semifinals Scores:

Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 3, Vienna Wanderers 15 (7)
Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 3, Vienna Wanderers 12
Vienna Wanderers 5, Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 6
Vienna Wanderers 7, Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 1
Vienna Wanderers 13, Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 12

Vienna Metrostars 5, Dornbirn Indians 6
Vienna Metrostars 18, Dornbirn Indians 6 (8)
Dornbirn Indians 3, Vienna Metrostars 11
Dornbirn Indians 3, Vienna Metrostars 8
Dornbirn Indians 3, Vienna Metrostars 23 (6)

2013 Austrian Baseball League Finals Schedule:

Friday September 20
7:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Vienna Wanderers

Saturday September 21
7:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Vienna Wanderers

Rest of schedule including times TBA

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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