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Germany: Solingen Alligators Back in the Championship Series After Defeating Heidenheim

Germany: Solingen Alligators Back in the Championship Series After Defeating Heidenheim

The Solingen Alligators are back in the championship series after a six year absence. The Alligators are looking to repeat what they did in 2006 when they won their only title despite having won their division six out of the past eight years.

In what turned out to be an exciting series, the Solingen Alligators defeated the Heidenheim Heidekopfe three games to one in the five game semifinal.

Game 1 saw Heidenheim pick up the win behind great pitching. Martin Dewald started the game and pitched four innings allowing just one unearned run while striking out seven. Luke Sommer then came in to finish it off. He pitched the final five innings without allowing a run and earning the win for Heidenheim. Sommer also provided some offense going 2-for-4 with a solo home run

The score was the same in Game 2, 3-1, but the outcome was different. This time the Alligators Nick Renault pitched a complete game allowing just one unearned run on six hits. He struck out nine to earn the win and even the series at one.

Dustin Hughes had a good game in the nine hole for Solingen. He went 2-for-4 driving in two of the three runs for the Alligators.

After a nice Game 1 start despite taking the loss, Andre Hughes came back in Game 3 and pitched a gem. He went the distance giving up just two unearned runs on seven hits to give Solingen a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Alligators got an immediate boost from the return of Kai Gronauer who returned to Germany after his season was over in the US. Gronauer played the 2013 season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Gronauer homered in his return driving in a pair of runs.

Needing just one more win to clinch their spot in the finals, Nick Renault once again pitched a great game to clinch the series. Renault went the distance allowing just one run on seven hits. Jack Frawley pitched well for Heidenheim, but lost in the pitchers duel.

Kai Gronauer once again had a nice game going 2-for-3. Dustin Hughes (2-for-4) got the scoring started in the first inning with a RBI single.

Heidenheim tied it in the third on a Jay Pecci single, but Solingen would come through once more.

In the sixth inning tied at one, Gronauer started the inning off with a single. Hughes followed up with a single of his own. After a fielder’s choice that had Gronauer out at third, Dominik Wulf singled to center driving in Hughes with the eventual winning run.

Renault shut down the Heidekopfe bats the rest of the way clinching the series for the Alligators.

2013 German Baseball League Semifinal Scores:

Solingen Alligators 1, Heidenheim Heidekopfe 3
Solingen Alligators 3, Heidenheim Heidekopfe 1
Heidenheim Heidekopfe 2, Solingen Alligators 6
Heidenheim Heidekopfe 1, Solingen Alligators 2

2013 German Baseball League Finals Schedule:

Saturday September 21
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 22
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Saturday September 28
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 29
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Thursday October 3
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

*If necessary

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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