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Website of the Week: Baseball in Austria


Ryan Kroko is playing with the Wiener Neustadt Diving Ducks this season in the Austrian Baseball League. The Atlanta native who pitched collegiately at South Carolina Beaufort joins the Ducks who are back in the ABL after a short absence.

Ryan has decided to document his playing time in Austria through a blog at, Baseball in Austria. I think you would find it an interesting read as he tells tales of life as an import in the Austrian Baseball League.

You can also follow Ryan on Twitter, @rkroko

So head on over and check it out as the season is beginning.

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Austria: Attnang-Puchheim Splits Twinbill with Vienna to Open Season


AUSTRIA – The Vienna Metrostars and the GEI Attnang-Puchheim Athletics fought to a twinbill split this past Saturday as the Austrian Baseball League unwrapped its 2012 regular season.

Attnang-Puchheim, winners of the 2010 ABL crown, knocked off the reigning Austrian champion 6-1 in the season opening contest. Staff ace Walter Strasser (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth en route to seven scoreless frames to earn the win.

Vienna retaliated with a 9-5 comeback win in the second game. The Metrostars put together a four-run eighth to overcame home runs by Horst Efferdinger and Michael Nedelcu. Reliever Jakob Simonsen (1-0) notched the win out of the bullpen.

2012 AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE:

Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (1-1)
Vienna Metrostars (1-1)
Dornbirn Indians (0-0)
Soroptimist Stockerauer Cubs (0-0)
Schwaz Tigers (0-0)
Union Kufstein Vikings (0-0)
Vienna Wanderers (0-0)
Wr. Neustadt Diving Ducks (0-0)

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Austria: Attnang-Puchheim Athletics Sign American Kris Edwards


AUSTRIA – The GEI Attnang-Puchheim Athletics have signed American right-hander Kris Edwards for the upcoming 2012 Austrian Baseball League campaign.

The 25-year-old Edina product began his college career at UW-Whitewater before arm problems led to Tommy John surgery. He transferred to the University of St. Thomas and was 1-0 with 0.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts in six appearances for the 2009 Division III champion.

Edwards posted an 8-4 pitching mark with a 1.87 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 77 innings for the Tommies in 2010. The following season, he earned All-Region and All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) honors by going 4-5 with a 2.72 ERA, seven saves, 69 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 73 innings.

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Austrian Baseball League to Start April 14


AUSTRIA – The reigning Austrian Baseball League champion Vienna Metrostars will collide with the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics in the 2012 ABL season opener on April 14. All eight squads will be in action the following week as the new season gets underway in earnest.

Other teams joining the Metrostars and Athletics in the ABL this year includes the Schwaz Tigers, Vienna Wanderers, Dornbirn Indians, Union Kufstein Vikings, Stock City Cubs and Diving Ducks Wr. Neustadt.

The top four squads at the end of the regular season on August 12 will advance to the playoffs. The two winners of the best-of-three semifinal playoff series will meet in the ABL championship series.

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Austria: 15th Annual Finkstonball Baseball Tournament


AUSTRIA – The 15th Annual Finkstonball Baseball Tournament will be played from May 26 to 28 in Attnang-Puchheim. The international baseball tournament will feature 12 teams from eight European countries.

The tournament hosts, the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics, will welcome teams from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland.

2012 FINKSTONBALL TOURNAMENT
– Athletic Sofia (Bulgaria)
– Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (Austria)
– Bad Homburg Hornets (Germany)
– Belfast Northstars (Ireland)
– Domazlice Wolfs (Czech Republic)
– Erbach Grasshoppers (Germany)
– Hluboka Cardinals (Czech Republic)
– Janossomorja Rascals (Hungary)
– Oslo Pretenders (Norway)
– Sissach Frogs (Switzerland)
– Swiss National Team (Switzerland)
– Tempo Titans Baseball (Czech Republic)

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Interview with Schwaz Tigers Player/Coach Adam Sowell


Adam Sowell is a veteran of the European baseball leagues having played in Sweden (where he was MVP), Belgium, The Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and now Austria. So we asked Adam to tell us a little bit about life in Europe as an American player.

You initially went to Temple College in Texas out of high school. What was it like playing for former MLB pitcher Craig McMurtry?

Probably the scariest coach I’ve played for, lol. I remember after an away game watching Coach McMurtry turn a trash can round to hide the huge hole he put into it from beating it with a bat after something went wrong during a game. I was with him
in his first 2 years as coach, I enjoyed playing for him and I always try to check up on the Leopards to see how they are doing.

After college you signed with the Rivercity Rascals in the Frontier League. What was the biggest difference in playing in the minors and college ball?

In college if you don’t run hard in practices, the coaches are yelling at you. Once you get to the pros, the coaches don’t watch you anymore, you’re on your own.

You quickly found a home in the leagues of Europe jumping around from Belgium (Hoboken Pioneers), to Sweden where you were the MVP, to a short stint in the Dutch League, and so on while playing in the Czech Republic last season. Why do you keep returning to Europe?

I enjoy seeing new countries and learning new cultures. Little responsibility, some monthly cash, a free apartment and lots of baseball…. I guess I’m just a big kid at heart.

What has been your favorite place to play in Europe?

 The Czech League. The weather there wasn’t as cold and rainy as the other countries I’ve played in. The Eagles complex was also very impressive.

What about your favorite city to live in or visit?

So far it has been Karlskoga, Sweden, a small town with a population of about 27,000. The people in the town were very friendly, spoke pretty good English and it was easy to get around. I enjoyed going to the night club Stat and hanging out at Cafe Paris, a popular coffee shop in the city center. Okay who am I kidding, the girls are hot and my exact type. I’m considering returning to Sweden at some point to play for a team.

How would you rank the leagues in Europe against say college or the independent leagues in the States?

I’d say if you took an average independent league team and put them up against one of the better teams in Europe, for one game, it would be close. Teams in America have a lot more depth and the gap between the best college teams and the worst college teams are much smaller than the best and worst in Europe.

Aside from playing ball in Europe, what was the best part of living there as an American?

 I feel like I continue to improve and grow as a person as I learn and experience the non-tourist cultures of every new country I  live in. Most Americans rarely travel outside of America and when they do, it’s only for a short time in a touristy area where everyone speaks perfect English.

You are currently in Thailand, but are you looking to return to the diamond somewhere in Europe for the 2012 season?

Yes, I just committed to the Schwaz Tigers in Austria today as the new player/coach. They are in the process of getting the contracts together so it hasn’t been official announced yet. I chose the Tigers because the town and the club reminded me a lot of the Karlskoga Bats in Sweden in which I enjoyed greatly.

With your experience and success, have you ever thought of trying to make it either back in the States in the minors as a player or coach?

I haven’t really given it too much thought. It might be something I’d look into further down the road, but for now I’m looking into crossing off a few more European countries on my baseball list over the next few years.

I’d like to thank Adam for taking some time to answer a few questions for us.

You can follow Adam and his adventures overseas on his blog at AdamVanWildest and on his YouTube page. Right now you can check out some videos on living in Thailand and hopefully soon some videos on life in Austria.

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Austria: Schwaz Tigers Tie Semifinal Series at One


AUSTRIA – Jason Fronczak homered and turned in a clutch outing on the mound to help the Schwaz Tigers stun the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 2-1 this past weekend in the Austrian Baseball League playoffs. The best-of-five semifinal series is knotted at one game apiece.

Fronczak (1-0) drilled a go-ahead solo shot in the seventh and scattered two hits over 7 2/3 innings to earn the series-tying win. Franz Haisjackl tallied the final four outs to earn the save.

Josh Castanza (0-1) was dealt the setback despite limiting Schwaz to just a pair of runs in a complete game effort.

Attnang-Puchheim opened the series with a 11-2 victory behind home runs by Johnny Kashuba, Michael Nedelcu and Martin Rabengruber.

Walter Strasser (1-0) worked six strong frames to notch the win.

METROSTARS SHOCK WANDERERS
The Vienna Metrostars disposed of thier crosstown rival Vienna Wanderers twice this past weekend to grab control of the best-of-five semifinal series.

The third-seeded Metrostars took the first game, 6-4, as closer Lutz Rauch (1-0) came out of the bullpen to notch the win. JT. Hillard (1-0) was the beneficiary of a 13-3 rout in Game Two as the Metrostars put the Wanderers on the brink of elimination.

Left-hander Clemens Cichocki (0-2) was tagged with both setbacks.

Marvin Moore is a freelance international baseball writer who coached in Europe for six years. He currently teaches baseball to poverty-stricken Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School.

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Austria: Attnang-Puchheim Wins Regular Season Title, To Face Schwaz Tigers in Semis


AUSTRIA – The Attnang-Puchheim Athletics wrapped up the Austrian Baseball League (ABL) regular season title last weekend with make-up game wins over the Vienna Wanderers and the RiCo Highlanders. Joining Attnang-Puchheim in the playoffs are the Wanderers, Vienna Metrostars and the Schwaz Tigers.

The A’s (24-4) blanked the Wanderers 10-0 on Saturday as Josh Castanza tossed a complete-game shutout and Johnny Kashuba hit a two-run homer. The reigning ABL champion routed the Highlanders 16-2 the following day as Thomas Schrittwieser notched the blowout win.

The Kufstein Vikings and the Vienna Metrostars split a doubleheader as Kufstein staff ace Werner Harrasser went the distance in both contests. Vienna (22-6) took the opening game 8-5 before the Vikings averted a sweep with a 4-1 decision in the season finale.

ABL SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS:

#1 Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (24-4) vs. #4 Schwaz Tigers (14-14)
#2 Vienna Wanderers (22-6) vs. #3 Vienna Metrostars (18-10)

ABL FINAL STANDINGS
1. Athletics Attnang-Puchheim (24-4)
2. Vienna Wanderers (22-6)
3. Vienna Metrostars (18-10)
4. Schwaz Tigers (14-14)
5. Schwechat Blue Bats (10-18)
6. Stock City Cubs (10-18)
7. SU Kufstein Vikings (7-21)
8. Rico Highlanders (7-21)*

* Relegated to the Second Division

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Austria: Attnang-Puchheim Athletics


AUSTRIA – The Attnang-Puchheim Athletics moved into a tie for the top spot in the Austrian Baseball League with a rain-shortened 5-4 victory in five innings last Saturday. The Athletics (20-4), which are the reigning ABL champion, have won five straight games.

The second game between the two squads was cancelled due to wet weather.

The Schwaz Tigers (14-12) regrouped after forfeiting a pair of games the previous week with a 5-0 shutout win against the RiCo Highlanders. The Tigers have already clinched the final playoff berth.

The SU Kufstein Vikings squeaked past the Stock City Cubs, 10-9, in the front end of a twinbill. But the Cubs returned the favor in the next game with a narrow 5-4 win.

AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. Vienna Wanderers (20-4)
2. Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (20-4)
3. Vienna Metrostars (15-8)
4. Schwaz Tigers (14-12)
5. Schwechat Blue Bats (10-18)
6. Stock City Cubs (10-18)
7. RiCo Highlanders (6-17)
8. Union Kufstein Vikings (6-20)

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Austria: Vienna Wanderers Stay Hot


AUSTRIA – The Vienna Wanderers stretched their winning streak to nine games with a pair of lopsided victories over the Union Kufstein Vikings last Sunday in the Austrian Baseball League (ABL).

The Wanderers (18-3) pounded the Vikings (5-17) in the twinbill opener, 21-0, as left-hander Clemens Cichocki threw seven innings of one-hit ball. The ABL frontrunner finished off the sweep with a 13-3 win in the second game.

The Vienna Metrostars (13-8) and the Stock City Cubs (9-15) battled to a draw on the same day. The Metrostars rallied from three runs down to capture a 6-4 decision in the first encounter. However, the Cubs prevailed 5-4 in the second meeting to salvage a doubleheader split.

The matchup between the Schwaz Tigers and Athletics Attnang-Puchheim was rescheduled for Monday due to rain, while the RiCo Highlanders earned a pair of forfeit wins against the Schwechat Blue Bats.

AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. Vienna Wanderers (18-3)
2. Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (17-4)
3. Vienna Metrostars (13-8)
4. Schwaz Tigers (13-10)
5. Schwechat Blue Bats (10-16)
6. Stock City Cubs (9-15)
7. SU Kufstein Vikings (5-17)
8. RiCo Highlanders (4-16)

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Marvin Moore is a freelance international baseball writer who coached in Europe for six years. He currently teaches baseball to Filipino Kids at the Future Stars Baseball School.

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Austria: Vienna Wanderers Lead Race


AUSTRIA – The Vienna Wanderers dismantled the Schwaz Tigers in a pair of lopsided games to remain the frontrunner in the Austrian Baseball League.

The Wanderers (16-3) spanked the Tigers 13-3 in the front end of a doubleheader before finishing off the surprisingly easy sweep with a 15-0 thrashing in the second contest.

The Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (17-4) escaped with a pair of hard-fought victories, 5-4 and 3-1, against the SU Kufstein Vikings (5-15), while the Vienna Metrostars (12-7) blew out the Schwechat Blue Bats (10-14) twice, 18-2 and 10-2.

The Stock City Cubs (8-14) notched two wins over the RiCo Highlanders (2-16) in the final matchup on the slate this past Sunday.

AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. Vienna Wanderers (16-3)
2. Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (17-4)
3. Vienna Metrostars (12-7)
4. Schwaz Tigers (13-10)
5. Schwechat Blue Bats (10-14)
6. Stock City Cubs (8-14)
7. SU Kufstein Vikings (5-15)
8. RiCo Highlanders (2-16)

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Austria: Vienna Wanderers Take Over First Place


AUSTRIA – The Vienna Wanderers moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Austrian Baseball League with a pair of one-run wins last Saturday over the RiCo Highlanders.

Vienna (14-3) took the first game of a doubleheader, 8-7, before stretching its winning streak to five games with a 3-2 triumph in the second encounter against the last-place Highlanders (2-14).

The Schwechat Blue Bats (10-12) kept their playoff hopes alive with a twinbill sweep over the SU Kufstein Vikings (5-13), while the Schwarz Tigers (13-8) regrouped after a 3-2 upset loss to the Stock City Cubs (6-14) to salvage a split with a 4-2 victory in the second game.

The final ABL matchup on the slate last weekend saw the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (15-4) split two games with the Vienna Metrostars. The reigning Austrian champion won the first game 8-5 before the Metrostars (10-7) came charging back to take the twinbill finale, 11-4.

AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. Vienna Wanderers (14-3)
2. Attnang-Puchheim A’s (15-4)
3. Schwaz Tigers (13-8)
4. Vienna Metrostars (10-7)
5. Schwechat Blue Bats (10-12)
6. Stock City Cubs (6-14)
7. SU Kufstein Vikings (5-13)
8. RiCo Highlanders (2-14)

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Austria: Schwaz Tigers Extend Winning Streak to Seven


AUSTRIA – Franz Haisjackl hit a pair of long balls and Paul Astl turned in another impressive outing to lead the Schwaz Tigers to a 14-4 win over the Schwechat Blue Bats last Saturday in the Austrian Baseball League.

Schwaz (11-6), left for dead after American skipper Andy Fleishacker’s abrupt resignation earlier this season, extended its winning streak to seven games with an 8-6 victory in the second encounter. Jason Fronczak picked up the win for the Tigers, while Haisjackl picked up the save.

In other ABL action last weekend, the Vienna Metrostars knocked off the Vienna Wanderers 6-4 in a hotly-contested matchup between crosstown rivals. However, the Wanderers rebounded three days later to deal the Metrostars a 7-4 setback on Tuesday night.

Front-runner Attnang-Puchheim topped the RiCo Highlanders 5-1 in a rain-shortened contest. The reigning ABL champion improved its season record to 13-2.

Finally, the Soroptimist Stockerauer Cubs snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 8-1 triumph over the Kufstein Vikings to salvage a twinbill split. Scott Holstein notched the win as the Cubs avenged an 8-5 loss in the opening contest.

AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 13 02 Won 9
Vienna Wanderers 09 03 Lost 1
Vienna Metrostars 08 04 Won 1
Schwaz Tigers 11 06 Won 7
Schwechat Blue Bats 08 10 Lost 4
SU Kufstein Vikings 04 10 Lost 1
Stock City Cubs 04 12 Won 1
RiCo Highlanders 01 11 Lost 6

 

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer at i-BaseballContent who coached in Europe for six years. He currently teaches baseball to Filipino Kids at the Future Stars Baseball School.

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Austria: Vienna Metrostars Take Two from Rico Highlanders


AUSTRIA – The Vienna Metrostars captured a pair of blowout victories over the Rico Highlanders last weekend in the Austrian Baseball League.

The Metrostars (6-2) rolled to a 23-3 win in the first game before finishing off the lopsided doubleheader sweep with a 21-1 triumph over the visitors. Reliever Stefan Ludescher picked up the win in the second game in relief of starter JT Hillard.

The Schwaz Tigers (8-6) pounded the Kufstein Vikings 26-4 and 17-0 to remain in the hunt for the playoffs. The Vikings have now lost seven consecutive games and reside near the cellar with a 2-8 record.

The Schwechat Blue Bats swept a pair of games against the Stock City Cubs, 9-8 and 9-6.

AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE RESULTS

Saturday, June 4th
Schwaz Tigers 26,17 – SU Kufstein Vikings 4,0
Schwechat Blue Bats 9,9 – Stock City Cubs 8,6

Sunday, June 5th
Vienna Metrostars 23,21 – Rico Highlanders 3,1

AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 10 02 Won 6
Vienna Metrostars 06 02 Won 4
Vienna Wanderers 06 02 Won 2
Schwaz Tigers 08 06 Won 4
Schwechat Blue Bats 08 06 Won 4
Stock City Cubs 03 09 Lost 4
SU Kufstein Vikings 02 08 Lost 7
Rico Highlanders 01 09 Lost 4

 

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Austria: Attnang Puchheim Athletics Extend Winning Streak to Six


AUSTRIA – The Vienna Wanderers got back-to-back homers from Jan Machian and Clemens Cichocki to beat the Schwaz Tigers 9-1 in the front end of an Austrian Baseball League doubleheader. Johannes Godler worked six shutout innings to get the win.

The Wanderers (6-2) took the second game 5-1 as Chris Magarian went the distance to pick up the win.

In other ABL action last weekend, the Attnang Puchheim Athletics pounded the SU Kufstein Vikings twice, 9-1 and 15-2, while the Stock City Cubs dealt the Rico Highlanders a pair of losses (7-6 and 4-1). The final matchup on slate had the Vienna Metrostars stopping the Schwechat Blue Bats, 8-5 and 9-4.

Saturday, May 21st
Stock City Cubs 7,4 – Rico Highlanders 6,1*
Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 9,15 – SU Kufstein Vikings 1,2*

Sunday, May 22nd
Vienna Wanderers 9,5 – Schwaz Tigers 1,1*
Vienna Metrostars 8,9 – Schwechat Blue Bats 5,4*

* Doubleheader Sweep

AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 10 02 Won 6
Vienna Wanderers 06 02 Won 2
Vienna Metrostars 04 02 Won 2
Schwaz Tigers 04 06 Lost 3
Stock City Cubs 03 05 Won 3
Schwechat Blue Bats 04 06 Lost 2
SU Kufstein Vikings 02 04 Lost 3
Rico Highlanders 01 07 Lost 2

 

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Austria: Attnang-Puchheim Athletics Take Two from Vienna


AUSTRIA – The Attnang-Puchheim Athletics took a pair of hard-fought wins against the Vienna Metrostars last weekend in the Austrian Baseball League.

The reigning ABL champion jumped out to a 4-0 lead en route to a 4-1 triumph in the opening act of a twinbill. Staff ace Walter Strasser picked up the impressive win.

The A’s completed the sweep with a pair of seventh-inning scores to earn a 2-0 win in a rain-marred second meeting.

Saturday, May 14th
Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 4,2 – Vienna Metrostars 1,0*
SU Kufstein Vikings 6,0 – Schwechat Blue Bats 3,14

Sunday, May 15th
Schwaz Tigers 10,2 – Stock City Cubs 2,5

* Doubleheader Sweep

AUSTRIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 08 02 Won 4
Vienna Wanderers 04 02 Lost 1
Schwaz Tigers 04 04 Lost 1
Schwechat Blue Bats 04 04 Won 1
SU Kufstein Vikings 02 02 Lost 1
Vienna Metrostars 02 02 Lost 2
Stock City Cubs 01 05 Won 1
Rico Highlanders 01 05 Won 1

 

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Austria: Attnang-Puchheim Athletics Hire American Skipper


AUSTRIA – The Austrian Baseball League club Attnang-Puchheim Athletics has hired American skipper Trevor Rooper to assume the reigns of the reigning ABL champion.

The 43-year-old, who has also coached in Australia and Clackamas Community College (Oregon), previously coached in the Netherlands. He became the head coach of the Hoofddorp Pioniers in 2006 and steered the Dutch club into the postseason.

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Austria: Union Kufstein Vikings Sign American Infielder


AUSTRIA – The Union Kufstein Vikings of the Austrian Baseball League have re-signed American infielder Mark Malerich. The Vikings finished the regular season in third place last year with a 17-11 record.

The 25-year-old hit .347 with 10 doubles and 21 RBIs in his maiden campaign in the ABL. The Cal State East Bay product, who also serves as an assistant coach, also scored 32 runs and logged 16-plus innings on the hill.

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Austria: 14th Edition of the Finkstonball Tournament


AUSTRIA – The reigning Austrian Baseball League champion Attnang Athletics will headline the 14th edition of the Finkstonball Tournament from June 11-13 at the Athletics Ballpark in Attnang-Puchheim. The tournament host won the international event last year for a record-setting third time.

Twelve teams from 11 different European countries will compete in this year’s tourney. The German League club Bad Homburg Hornets along with the St. Petersburg North Stars (Russia) and the Swiss National Team will be the the favorites to challenge the Athletics for the tournament title.

Other participating teams includes the Sissach Frogs (Switzerland), BK Vindija Varazdin (Croatia), Dinamo Bucharest (Romania), Oslo Pretenders (Norway), Hluboka Cardinals (Czech Republic), Hellevoet Athletics (Netherlands), Belfast Northstars (Ireland) and Kranjski Lisjaki (Slovenia).

FINKSTONBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS:

1997 – Haar Disciples (Germany)
1998 – Norderstedt Hunters (Germany)
1999 – Linz Bandits (Austria)
2000 – Wr. Neustadt Diving Ducks (Austria)
2001 – Wr. Neustadt Diving Ducks (Austria)
2002 – BSK Vindija Varazdin (Croatia)
2003 – Attnang Athletics (Austria)
2004 – Sissach Frogs (Switzerland)
2005 – Attnang Athletics (Austria)
2007 – Weert Indians (Netherlands)
2008 – Dinamo Bukarest (Romania)
2009 – Bad Homburg Hornets (Germany)
2010 – Attnang Athletics (Austria)

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Austria: Vienna Metrostars Sign American Jeff Tezak


AUSTRIA – The Vienna Metrostars have inked former Chicago White Sox prospect Jeff Tezak for the 2011 season. The Metrostars finished in fifth-place (14-14) in 2010 and failed to make the playoffs.

Drafted by the White Sox in the 24th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft, the 24-year-old earned junior college All-America honors at Palomar College in 2006. The switch hitting infielder garnered All-Big 12 (2nd Team) honors after hitting .335 with 37 RBIs the following year with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Tezak started the first seven games of 2008 at designated hitter before undergoing season-ending surgery in early March. However, he was selected to the First-Team Academic All-Big 12 squad for his excellence in the classroom.

The Atwater, California native batted .280 with 23 RBIs for the Great Falls Voyagers (Pioneer League) in his first minor league season. Last year, he hit a combined .309 for Great Falls and Single-A affiliate Kannapolis Intimidators (South Atlantic League).

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Austria: Austrian Baseball League Awards


AUSTRIA – Former Baltimore Orioles prospect Whitney Robinson-Pierce has been named the 2010 Austrian Baseball League MVP after a stellar season in which the American slugger captured a rare Triple Crown. Pierce was taken in the 32nd round of the 2002 amateur draft by the Orioles and played three seasons in the minor leagues before a short stint in the Chicago Cubs farm system.

The well-travelled Californian, who has also suited up in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany, batted .423 (41-for-97) with six home runs and 41 RBIs. He also led the second-place Schwaz Tigers with nine doubles and 25 walks while striking out only six times in 28 games.

Attnang-Puchheim Athletics staff ace Walter Strasser bagged the Best Pitcher Award after going 11-1 with a 1.23 ERA for the newly-crowned ABL champion. The right-hander, who has compiled a 39-4 record since 2008, also posted 120 strikeouts in 95 plus innings this past season.

David Burns earned MVP honors in the postseason with a .385 batting mark in six games. The first baseman went 10-for-26 with three long balls and 11 RBIs to help the A’s capture their second national title in three years.

2010 ABL ALL-STAR TEAM:

C  – Whitney Robinson-Pierce, Schwaz Tigers
1B – David Burns, Attnang-Puchheim Athletics
2B – Benjamin Husty, Vienna Wanderers
SS – Koichi Hida, Kufstein Vikings
3B – Felix Zimmerle, Vienna Wanderers
LF – Christian Tomsich, Vienna Wanderers
CF – Hiroyuki Sakanashi, Vienna Wanderers
RF – Peter Nagiller, Schwaz Tigers
SP – Reed Brown, Stock City Cubs

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (REGULAR SEASON)
Whitney Robinson-Pierce, Schwaz Tigers

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (PLAYOFFS)
David Burns, Attnang-Puchheim Athletics

BEST PITCHER AWARD
Walter Strasser, Attnang-Puchheim Athletics

BEST BATTER AWARD
Whitney Robinson-Pierce, Schwaz Tigers

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Austria: Attnang-Puchheim Athletics Win Austrian Championship


AUSTRIA – Martin Rabengruber drove in five runs and Thomas Schrittwieser tossed seven strong innings to lead the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics to their second Austrian Baseball League crown in three years with a 17-1 rout Saturday against the Schwaz Tigers. With the win, the Athletics outscored the Tigers 38-5 to sweep the best-of-five series.

The home side plated five scores in the fifth to take a commanding 8-1 lead in front off 400 spectators at the Athletics Ballpark before putting the game out of reach the following inning.

Rabengruber drilled a grand slam to highlight a nine-run sixth as coach Alper Bozkurt’s squad finished off the lopsided victory to reclaim the ABL championship.

Schrittwieser (1-0) surrendered a run in the opening frame on a single by Franz Haisjackl before regrouping to silence the bats of Schwaz the rest of the game. The right-hander, who retired the final 14 batters he faced to end the game, limited the Tigers to just two hits and three walks in an impressive outing.

Horst Efferdinger and Philipp Dressler combined for five hits, including a trio of doubles, and three RBIs, while Dave Burns and Harald Pointner both scored three runs apiece for the Attnang-Puchheim club.

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

Game 1: Attnang-Puchheim 8, Schwaz Tigers 3

Game 2: Attnang-Puchheim 13, Schwaz Tigers 1

Game 3: Attnang-Puchheim 17, Schwaz Tigers 1

Attnang-Puchheim Athletics wins series 3-0.

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Austria: Athletics Takes 2 Game Lead


Schwaz Tigers 3, Athletics Attnang-Puchheim 8

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The Athletics Attnang-Puchheim got off to a great start in the Austrian League Finals defeating the Schwaz Tigers 8-3 in Game 1 of the best-of-five series.  The Athletics got off to a quick start scoring 4 runs in the 2nd inning.  Schwaz pulled to within 2 runs after scoring 2 runs in the 6th to make it 5-3, but they never got any closer.  The Athletics pulled away with 3 runs in the 8th as their pitching shut down Schwaz the rest of the way.  Matt Volger and Whitney Robinson-Pierce both homered for Schwaz but it wasn’t enough.

Schwaz Tigers 1,  Athletics Attnang-Puchheim 13 (7)

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Game 2 was more of the same for the Athletics as they took a 2-0 lead in the series.  Again they scored 4 runs early to take control of the game. Schwaz got 1 in the bottom of the 1st and never scored again. The Athletics scored in every inning but the 2nd in the run ruled shortened game.  Horst Efferdinger hit a home run for the A’s, and Dave Burns went deep twice to lead the A’s offensively.

Austrian Finals Schedule:
Saturday, October 9:
12:00 pm Athletics Attnang-Puchheim – Schwaz Tigers
*3:00 pm Athletics Attnang-Puchheim – Schwaz Tigers
Sunday, October 10:
*2:00 pm Athletics Attnang-Puchheim – Schwaz Tigers
*if necessary

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Austria: Athletics and Tigers in Finals


The Athletics Attnang-Puchheim and the Schwaz Tigers both won their way into the finals of the Austrian Baseball League. The Athletics finished their sweep of the Union Kufstein Vikings on Saturday with a 9-8 comeback win. After winning the first two games easily, the Athletics had to come back from a 0-6 deficit.

In the other semifinal match, the Schwaz Tigers defeated the Vienna Wanderers 3 games to 1 to advance to face the Athletics in the finals. In Game 3 of the series, the Tigers scored 4 runs in the 7th inning to win 4-2. In Game 4, the Tigers cruised to a 11-5 victory en route to the finals.

The Finals will start on October 2nd in Schwaz.

Austrian Baseball League Playoff Results
Saturday, September 18:
Union Kufstein Vikings – Athletics Attnang-Puchheim 1-5
Union Kufstein Vikings – Athletics Attnang-Puchheim 1-7
Sunday, September 19:
Schwaz Tigers – Vienna Wanderers 3-7
Schwaz Tigers – Vienna Wanderers 17-3
Saturday, September 25:
Athletics Attnang-Puchheim – Union Kufstein Vikings 9-8
Vienna Wanderers – Schwaz Tigers 2-4
Vienna Wanderers – Schwaz Tigers 5-11
(Athletics win Series 3-0, Tigers win Series 3-1)

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