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Germany: Solingen and Regensburg Lead Divsions


The first two weekends of the German Bundesliga are in the books and only two teams remain undefeated. In the North the Solingen Alligators are leading the way once again after defeating both the Bonn Capitals and the Cologne Cardinals over the past two weekends.

In the South, Regensburg is undefeated after crushing the Bad Homburg Hornets in a two game set this past weekend. The Legionaere are looking to once again finish atop the league where they have finished the past four years.

This upcoming weekend the North leading Solingen Alligators will take on the Dohren Wild Farmers who currently sit in second place. Dohren has a chance to make a statement and take over the lead in the division with a sweep of the Alligators.

The Wild Farmers are led offensively by Garrett Rogers who is leading the team with two home runs. Jason Mahood has been solid at the plate as well leading the team with a .357 average and six RBI. On the mound they are led by Jannis Wedemeyer and his 1.80 ERA. They will all need to come strong this weekend versus a solid Alligators squad.

The Alligators Tanner Leighton (.533/2 HR / 6 RBI) and Dustin Hughes (.571/ 1 HR/ 6 RBI) are leading the way offensively. They are strong offensively and on the hill. Christopher Mezger (2-0/ 1.20 ERA) and Harry Glynne (2-0/ 2.077 ERA) lead a strong pitching staff.

North Division Standings
1. Solingen Alligators 4-0
2. Dohren Wild Farmers 3-1
3. HSV Stealers 2-2
4. Bonn Capitals 2-2
5. Dortmund Wanderers 1-1
6. Paderborn Untouchables 0-2
7. Cologne Cardinals 0-4

South Division Standings
1. Regensburg Legionaere 4-0
2. Heidenheim Heidekopfe 3-1
3. Stuttgart Reds 3-1
4. Mainz Athletics 3-1
5. Mannheim Tornados 2-2
6. Haar Disciples 1-3
7. Tubingen Hawks 0-4
8. Bad Homburg Hornets 0-4

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A Parents Perspective of Playing Baseball Overseas


I get emails all the time from players wanting to find ways to get into baseball overseas. While I have made a few contacts over the years with different teams and organizations, I have not put in the time and effort needed to really build those relationships into helping teams find players, mainly because I don’t have the time. However, a friend of the sites, David Burns, has done just that.

Burns is a Canadian who has been living, working, and playing in Austria for a decade now. A year or so ago Burns started a website called Baseball Jobs Overseas where he helps put players with teams who are looking to fill out their rosters.

So a year or so ago when James Milo sent me an email hoping to find a place for his son to play in Europe, I sent him over to Burns. Luckily for everyone involved it worked out well. James’ son Dominic wound up finding a place in Germany playing with the Dohren Wild Farmers this past season where he put up good numbers in the Bundesliga North Division.

James and his wife were fortunate to make a visit to Germany over the summer to visit their son and watch him play ball. Recently James wrote an article for David Burns over at Baseball Jobs Overseas to give a parents perspective, and I thought I would post a link here because it is such a good read.

Notes from a German Baseball Trip 2013 by James Milo.

I would recommend reading it for anyone who is looking to play ball overseas. It gives some good insights on the process and overall is just a good read.

And if you are a player looking to find a place to play next summer, check out the site and join the forum where you can find more information. David Burns has also started a nice podcasts where he has some good guests talking about baseball overseas, how to find a job, and what to expect when you do.

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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

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Germany: Buchbinder Regensburg Legionaere Back in Finals Seeking Fourth Straight Title


The German Baseball League Championship Series is set after a pair of teams clinched their births over the weekend. The Buchbinder Legionaere are back in the finals after defeating the Bonn Capitals in the semifinal round. They are seeking their fourth title in a row and fifth in six years.

The Buchbinder Legionaere downed the Bonn Capitals in the semifinal winning the series three games to one.

The Legionaere took Game 1 behind a strong performance from starter Mike Bolsenbroek who pitched a complete game shutout. Bolsenbroek gave up just five hits while striking out 13.

In Game 2, the Legionaere exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to pull out an 11-6 victory. Matthew Vance had a huge game at the plate going 3-for-5. He homered in the eighth inning to tie the game at five. He also tripled, scored twice, and drove in three runs. Philipp Howard also had a nice game going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.

Bonn came back to pick up a win and extend the series a bit in Game 3.  The Capitals were down 4-0 before slowly making a comeback. They capped it off with two runs in the eighth to take the lead and the win.

Philipp Spade (2-for-3) and Bradley Roper-Hubbert (2-for-4) hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth to get the Capitals on the board.

Needing just one more win to clinch to series, the Legionaere broke out the bats in Game 4 clinching with a 13-6 win. They jumped out quickly with four runs in both the first and third innings to lead 8-0 early.

Evan John Le Blanc (3-for-5) hit a two-run home run. Every starter except one scored at least one run.

2013 German Baseball League Semifinal Scores:

Buchbinder Legionaere 1, Bonn Capitals 0
Buchbinder Legionaere 11, Bonn Capitals 6
Bonn Capitals 5, Buchbinder Legionaere 4
Bonn Capitals 6, Buchbinder Legionaere 13

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

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Germany: 2013 Semifinal Match Ups Set


The top four teams in the German Baseball League regular season have advanced to the semifinals. The #1 seed from the North Solingen Alligators will face off with the #2 seed from the South in Heidenheim Heidekopfe in one semifinal series. In the other series the #1 seed from the South Buchbinder Regensburg Legionaere will face off with the #2 seed from the North in the Bonn Capitals.

The Solingen Alligators defeated the Haar Disciples 3-to-1 in their first round series. Haar won the first game before Solingen came back to win three straight and advance.

Heidenheim swept through the Paderborn Untouchables in that first round series. The first two games of the series were close with Heidenheim winning 7-5 and 14-12.

Regensburg swept through the HSV Stealers over the past two weekends. They are looking to add another title to the shelf and will face off with Bonn in the next round.

The Bonn Capitals downed the Mainz Athletics in the first round. Bonn won a close game in Game 1 9-8 and then dropped the second game 7-1. They would split the next two games as well sending the series to a winner take all Game 5. Bonn would come out on top in that must win game 13-3.

2013 German Baseball League Playoff Schedule:

Saturday September 7
Games times 1:00 pm and 3:30pm
Solingen Alligators at Heidenheim Heidekopfe
Buchbinder Legionaere at Bonn Capitals

Saturday September 14
Game times 1:00 pm and *3:30pm
Heidenheim Heidekopfe at Solingen Alligators
Bonn Capitals at Buchbinder Legionaere

Sunday September 15
Game time 2:00 pm
*Heidenheim Heidekopfe at Solingen Alligators
*Bonn Capitals at Buchbinder Legionaere

*if necessary

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Germany: Playoffs Start This Weekend


The playoffs are set for the German Baseball League after the South Division finished up its schedule this past weekend.

In the South Division, the Regensburg Buchbinder Legionaere finished on top of the standings once again. Heidenheim, who has made a late charge at the division title, finished just a game out of first place.

The other two teams to make the playoffs out of the South Division are the Mainz Athletics and the Haar Disciples.

The teams will face the playoff teams from the North Division. The Solingen Alligators won the North Division followed up by the Bonn Capitals, Paderborn Untouchables, and the HSV Stealers.

2013 German Baseball League Playoff Schedule:

Saturday August 24th
Game Times 1 pm and 3:30 pm
Solingen Alligators (1st, North Division) at Haar Disciples (4th, South Division)
Buchbinder Legionaere (1st, South Division) at HSV Stealers (4th, North Division)
Heidenheim Heidekopfe (2nd, South Division) at Paderborn Untouchables (3rd, North Division)
Bonn Capitals (2nd, North Division) at Mainz Athletics (3rd, South Divison)

Saturday August 31st
Game Times 1 pm and *3:30 pm
Haar Disciples at Solingen Alligators
HSV Stealers at Buchbinder Legionaere
Paderborn Untouchables at Heidenheim Heidekopfe
Mainz Athletics at Bonn Capitals

Sunday September 1st
*Game Time 2:00 pm
Haar Disciples at Solingen Alligators
HSV Stealers at Buchbinder Legionaere
Paderborn Untouchables at Heidenheim Heidekopfe
Mainz Athletics at Bonn Capitals

*if necessary

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Germany: North Wins All-Star Game 6-3


The German Baseball League held its annual All-Star Game yesterday in Bonn. For the first time in its history the game was streamed online through Legionaere TV.

The festivities started off with the home run derby where 10 players competed for this years crown. The weather wasn’t the greatest for a home run derby with light rain off and on, but the players slugged on as Brent Buffa of the HSV Stealers was crowned 2013 Home Run Derby Champion after blasting five.

After the North Division was successful in bringing home the home run derby crown, they continued up with a nice win over the South in the All-Star Game. The North took an early 3-0 lead and went on to a 6-3 victory.

North starting pitcher Charles Olson, of the host Bonn Capitals, pitched great holding the South at bay during his time on the hill. He would go on to capture the the Best Pitcher Award.

Florian Nehring, Bonn Capitals, was named the MVP. While the South’s Chris Beck, Stuttgart Reds, was named the Best Hitter. Beck had a good day despite being on the losing end of things. He finished third in the home run derby. He then scored the first run for the South after a double and later would drive in a run.

The North held onto the lead despite a late inning rally from the South to win.

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Germany: Home Run Derby Participants for South Division Announced


The manager of the South Team for the German Baseball League, Martin Helmig, has announced his players who will compete in the home run derby.

Included in the five competitors is the league leader in home runs, Simon Guhring.

The players to compete for the South are:

  • Chris Beck (Stuttgart Reds – 5 HRs)
  • Matti Emery (Stuttgart Reds – 4 HRs)
  • Simon Guhring (Heidenheim Heidekopfe – 10 HRs)
  • Spenser Payne (Bad Homburg Hornets – 7 HRs)
  • Joshua Peterson (Haar Disciples – 7 HRs)

The North Team recently announced its competitors.

The home run derby will take place at 12:30 on August 18th in Bonn. It will be broadcast online via Legionaere TV.

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Germany: Home Run Derby Participants for North Division Announced


The North head coach Stefan Fechtig announced the players who will compete in the home run derby for the North.

The players to participate for the North are:

  • Brent Buffa (HSV Stealers – 4 HRs)
  • Daniel Lamb-Hunt (Bonn Capitals – 6 HRs)
  • Tanner Leighton (Solingen Alligators – 2 HRs)
  • Bradley Roper-Hubbert (Bonn Capitals – 9 HRs)
  • Björn Schonlau (Paderborn Untouchables – 5 HRs)

Björn Schonlau was the champion last year after he hit 11 total home runs. There are two rounds and the totals for each round are added together. The one with the most after the two rounds is the winner.

He will go up against the division leader in home runs, Bradley Roper-Hubbert who has nine on the season.

The home run derby will take place at 12:30 on August 18th in Bonn. It will be broadcast online via Legionaere TV.

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Germany: Regensburg Closes Out Regular Season with North Division Title


The Regensburg Buchbinder Legionaere won the German Baseball South Division title over the weekend. With a sweep of the Stuttgart Reds, the Legionaere finished atop the South Division and will face off with the HSV Stealers in the first round of the playoffs starting on August 24.

There are a few games left in the South Division and they will finish up this coming weekend.

Buchbinder Legionaere 22, Stuttgart Reds 1 (7)
Buchbinder Legionaere 6, Stuttgart Reds 4

Game 1 saw the Legionaere dominate the Reds pitching staff. Lugwig Glaser (2-for-5) homered and scored three runs. Evan Le Blanc also had a big day. He homered, drove in five runs, and went 3-for-4. Philipp Howard added three hits as well. He doubled twice, tripled, scored four runs, and drove in three more.

Mike Bolsenbroek picked up the win pitching six innings. He gave up just one run on three hits.

Game 2 was much closer, but the Legionaere still came out on top. Lugwig Glaser went 3-for-5 and homered again to lead Regensburg to the win. Richard Klijn had a nice game at the plate. He went 2-for-4 with a double an a RBI.

The Legionaere followed up the sweep of the Reds with a sweep of the Tubingen Hawks on Sunday.

In other South Division action:

James McOwen homered, drove in three runs, and went 3-for-5 in the Game 1 win for Heidenheim.

Luke Sommer had a huge day in Game 1 for Heidenheim. He went 2-for-4 at the plate driving in three runs and picked up the win on the mound. He tossed six innings allowing just three hits while striking out eight.

Robert Gruber drove in four runs going 2-for-4 in Game 1 for Heidenheim.

James Kang  homered in Game 2 for Heidenheim going 2-for-4.

Laureano De Los Santos pitched great for Tubingen in the first game. He pitched seven scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out six.

Joshua Hodges picked up the win for Tubingen in the second game. He pitched a complete game, allowed one unearned run, gave up five hits, and struck out twelve.

Michael Coats went 3-for-4 scoring two runs for Tubingen in the second game.

Joshua Peterson homered for Haar in a Game 1 loss. He went 4-for-6 with four RBI. In Game 2, he went 3-for-5 with another four RBI.

South Division Scores:

Buchbinder Legionaere 22, Stuttgart Reds 1 (7)
Buchbinder Legionaere 6, Stuttgart Reds 4

Heidemheim Heidekopfe 13, Mainz Athletics 0 (7)
Heidemheim Heidekopfe 7, Mainz Athletics 4

Bad Homburg Hornets 0, Tubingen Hawks 3
Bad Homburg Hornets 1, Tubingen Hawks 6

Haar Disciples 11, Mannheim Tornados 9
Haar Disciples 14, Mannheim Tornados 11

Buchbinder Legionaere 15, Tubingen Hawks 3 (7)
Buchbinder Legionaere 15, Tubingen Hawks 0 (7)

Germany North Division Standings:

1. Buchbinder Legionaere 23-5
2. Heidemheim Heidekopfe 20-6
3. Mainz Athletics 18-8
4. Haar Disciples 15-10
5. Stuttgart Reds 13-13
6. Bad Homburg Hornets 8-20
7. Mannheim Tornados 4-21
8. Tubingen Hawks 4-22

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Germany: Solingen Alligators Win North Division


The Solingen Alligators won the German Baseball League North Division over the past weekend. The Alligators took two games from the Berlin Sluggers without allowing a single run. After the sweep the Alligators will be the #1 seed heading into the playoffs and now await the end of the South Division schedule to see who they will face in the first round of the playoffs.

A day later, the Bonn Capitals, knowing they needed a sweep to finish in 2nd place, took two games from the Cologne Cardinals allowing only one run themselves. They finished a game ahead of the Paderborn Untouchables for the 2nd seed and now await the conclusion of the South Division schedule.

Solingen Alligators 10, Berlin Sluggers 0 (7)
Solingen Alligators 14, Berlin Sluggers 0 (7)

Moriz Buttgereit homered and went 2-for-4 to help lead Solingen to the win in Game 1. Robin Dragon drove in three runs going 2-for-3 as the Alligators pounded out 13 hits in the game.

Dustin Hughes (2.o IP/0 hits), Andre Hughes (3.0 IP/1 hit), and Theon Bourdaniotis (2.0 IP/2 hits) combined to shut out Berlin in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

Dominik Wulf had a big day in Game 2 for Solingen. He went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Travis Bass (2-for-5), Sascha Steffens (2-for-3),  and Julian Steinberg (2-for-5) all added a pair of hits.

Nick Renault had a great game. He picked up the win pitching 6.2 innings giving up just one hit while striking out eleven. At the plate he went 2-for-2 with a double

In other North Division action:

Eric Krzysiak homered, doubled, and drove in three runs going 3-for-4 in Game 1 for HSV. He went 2-for-5 in Game 2 scoring four runs.

Brehan Murphy also went 3-for-4 with three RBI for HSV in a Game 1 win over Dortmund. He doubled three times. He went 3-for-4 again in Game 2 with another two RBI.

Brent Buffa went 2-for-3 and pitched a complete game win for HSV in Game 1. He gave up one run on six hits while striking out eight. In Game 2, he homered, drove in four runs, and went 3-for-4.

Rene Herlitzius went 4-for-4 in the Game 2 loss for Dortmund.

Harry Glynne tossed a four hit shutout for Paderborn in Game 1. He struck out nine in seven innings.

Jendrick Spear went 3-for-4 driving in three runs and scored two more in Game 1 for Paderborn. He went 2-for-4 in Game 2.

Matt Martin scored three runs and went 2-for-4 for Paderborn in the first game. In the second, he tripled twice going 2-for-4.

Mathew Hewitt tossed a complete game four hitter for Paderborn in Game 2 of the weekend. He struck out four and walked three.

Florian Nehring homered twice, including a grand slam, in the first game for Bonn driving in five runs. Then he went 3-for-4 in the second game.

Bradley Roper-Hubbert also homered in Game 1 for Bonn going 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Jan Jacob hit a solo home run for Bonn in Game 1.

North Division Scores:

Dortmund Wanderers 1, HSV Stealers 11 (7)
Dortmund Wanderers 3, HSV Stealers 13 (7)

Dohren Wild Farmers 0, Paderborn Untouchables 13 (7)
Dohren Wild Farmers 0, Paderborn Untouchables 10 (7)

Cologne Cardinals 1, Bonn Capitals 13 (8)
Cologne Cardinals 0, Bonn Capitals 10 (7)

Solingen Alligators 10, Berlin Sluggers 0 (7)
Solingen Alligators 14, Berlin Sluggers 0 (7)

Germany North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 23-5
2. Bonn Capitals 22-6
3. Paderborn Untouchables 21-7
4. HSV Stealers 18-10
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 12-16
6. Cologne Cardinals 9-19
7. Dortmund Wanderers 5-23
8. Berlin Sluggers 2-26

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Germany: 2013 All-Star Game to be Streamed Online


The Bonn Capitals have announced that in partnership with Legionaere TV from Regensburg, the 2013 German Baseball League All-Star Game will be broadcast online.

Legionaere  TV has a history of broadcasting events on the internet, and they do a fine job of it. Now not only those in Bonn, but those around the world will be able to watch as well. This is huge since many of the players elected to the game come from outside of Germany.

The home run derby starts at 12:30 pm local time (6:30 am EST) with the game following that up at 2:00 pm (8:00 am EST).

The games will be available for free at http://www.legionaere.de/tv

Legionaere TV started in 2011 and has shown the home games of the Regensburg Buchbinder Legionaere over that time. Typically three cameras are used along with a pair of commentators.

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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

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Germany: Solingen Retains Top Spot in North Division with Weekend Split


The top two teams in the North Division met this past weekend giving Bonn a chance to take the lead over Solingen. It looked like that might be the case after shutting out the division leading Alligators in Game 1. But when everything was said and done, the top of the standings remained the same with Solingen having a one game lead over Bonn.

Bonn Capitals 8, Solingen Alligators 0
Bonn Capitals 0, Solingen Alligators 4

Maurice Wilhelm pitched Bonn to a tie in the standings after Game 1. Wilhelm was brilliant against the division leaders tossing a complete game shutout. He allowed just four hits and struck out seven.

He got some offensive support from Daniel Lamb-Hunt who had a great game at the plate going 4-for-5 including a double and a solo home run. Bradley Roper-Hubbert pitched in with a couple hits going 2-for-4 with a RBI.

Game 2 saw anther great pitching performance, but this time it was from the Solingen Alligators. Nick Renault tossed a complete game one-hitter. He didn’t give up a run and struck out 14 to give Solingen the win and the division lead once again.

Dominik Wulf drove in a pair of runs going 2-for-4 to help the Alligators offensively.

In other North Division action:

Dennis Stechmann tossed a one-hit shutout striking out six in a win for the Dortmund Wanderers.

Daniel Groer had a nice day for Dortmund. He went 2-for-4 in both games and drove in five runs in the first game.

Roy Wesche went 3-for-5 in Game 1 for Dortmund. He scored twice and stole one base.

Brent Buffa pitched a solid game for the HSV Stealers in Game 1 of the weekend series. He tossed a complete game, allowed one run, and struck out 12.

Eric Krzysiak homered and went 2-for-4 in Game 1 for the Stealers. He also doubled and drove in three runs.

Dominic Milo helped power the Dohren Wild Farmers to victory in Game 2. The All-Star homered going 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, and four RBI.

Germany North Division Scores:

Berlin Sluggers 0, Dortmund Wanderers 12 (7)
Berlin Sluggers 0, Dortmund Wanderers 3

Bonn Capitals 8, Solingen Alligators 0
Bonn Capitals 0, Solingen Alligators 4

HSV Stealers 8, Dohren Wild Farmers 1
HSV Stealers 4, Dohren Wild Farmers 8

Germany North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 21-5
2. Bonn Capitals 20-6
3. Paderborn Untouchables 19-7
4. HSV Stealers 16-10
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 12-14
6. Cologne Cardinals 9-17
7. Dortmund Wanderers 5-21
8. Berlin Sluggers 2-24

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Germany: Regensburg Sweeps Mainz to Tie for Division Lead


In a weekend consisting mainly of split series by top teams, Regensburg Buchbinder Legionare swept Mainz Athletics to tie for first place in the Bundesliga South division at a record of 17-5.

Game 1 | Friday, July 26, 2013
Regensburg   8   11  0
Mainz              1    4   2

Regensburg was able to jump to an early lead in the second as they pounded four runs over the home team Mainz. The Legionaere were led by Richard Klijn who went 2-for-3 and collected four RBI on a home run and a double. Matthew Vance also came in offensive support going 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Christian Decher suffered his third loss of the season to Regensburg, giving up eight hits over eight innings of work and allowing four earned runs. Mike Bolsenbroek, on the other hand, was lights out for Regensburg as he also went eight innings and gave up one earned run over four hits while striking out nine. Bolsenbroek improved to 6-1 on the season, proving to be an ace for Regensburg.

Game 2 | Saturday, July 27, 2013
Regensburg  7  12  1
Mainz             0   3   2

Pitching once again was key for Regensburg as they took the final game of the weekend series 7-0, led by a combined shutout by starter Boris Bokai who notched the win in five innings and reliever Justin Kuehn. Kuehn earned his second save of the season throwing four innings.

Despite the strong performance, the game remained scoreless until the fifth inning, when Regensburg put up 3 unanswered runs in the top of the inning. Vance was strong again for the visitors as he knocked in two RBI going 2-for-3 with a double. Also with two RBI was Philipp Howard whose two hits were a homerun and double. With a game-high 3 RBI was Evan John LeBlanc who also had a home run and double.

The two teams will sit atop the south division for the week with Heidenheim behind just one game. Heidenheim had a buy this past weekend.

Game 1 | July 27, 2013
Solingen      3    10   4
Paderborn   11  16   2

Game 2 | July 28, 2013
Solingen     1  6  3
Paderborn  0  5  0

Third place Paderborn split their weekend series with first place Solingen, holding the north division leaders to a combined four runs.

In game one, six players had multi hit games for Paderhorn as they exploded for 11 runs on 16 hits. Marcel Schulz led with a game-high three RBI as he went 3-for-5 and Daniel Hinz finished 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a game-high four runs scored. Harry Flynne threw a complete game for Paderborn, striking out 11 and did not allow Solingen to capitalize on 10 hits.

A complete game performance by both Solingen’s Nick Renault and Paderborn’s Eugene Heilmann made for a pitchers duel to decide the second game. Heilman suffered the loss giving up a walk-off RBI to Dominik Wulf in the bottom of the ninth. Renult dominated over his nine inning performance, striking out 13 and allowing just five hits.

Other scores:

Berlin vs. Dortmund
Game 1 | Berlin 4, Dortmund 12
Game 2 | Berlin 4, Dormtund 2

Bonn vs. Hamburg
Game 1 | Bonn 3, Hamburg 8
Game 2 | Bonn 10, Hamburg 7

Cologne vs. Paderborn
Game 1 | Cologne 2, Paderborn 9
Game 2 | Cologne 1, Paderborn 12

Tübingen vs. Haar
Game 1 | Tübingen 3, Haar 8
Game 2 | Suspended

South Division Standings:

1. Buchbinder Legionaere 17-5
1. Mainz Athletics 17-5
3. Heidemheim Heidekopfe 16-6
4. Haar Disciples 13-8
5. Stuttgart Reds 11-11
6. Bad Homburg Hornets 7-17
7. Mannheim Tornados 4-18
8. Tubingen Hawks 2-17

North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 20-4
2. Bonn Capitals 19-5
3. Paderborn Untouchables 19-7
4. HSV Stealers 15-9
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 11-13
6. Cologne Cardinals 9-17
7. Dortmund Wanderers 3-21
8. Berlin Sluggers 2-22

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Germany: 2013 All-Star Rosters Announced


The rosters for the German Baseball League All-Star Game have been announced. The teams consist of all-stars from the north and south divisions to be played in Bonn on August 18.

Each team is represented by at least one player with a maximum of three. The two managers, Stefan Fechtig (North – Paderborn) and Martin Helmig (South – Regensburg), chose the team. The award winners from the previous year were also invited.

The festivities on All-Star Sunday kick off at 10:45 with warm-ups. The home run derby will take place at 12:30 and the game is scheduled for 2:00pm.

2013 German Baseball League All-Star Rosters:

North

Name Team Position
Buffa, Brent HSV Stealers Outfielder
Buttgereit, Moritz Solingen Alligators Outfielder
Faries, Kevin Dortmund Wanderers Infielder
Glynne, Harry Untouchables pad. Pitcher
Greenberg, Adam Berlin Sluggers Outfielder
Herrmann, Robert Untouchables pad. Catcher
Hinz, Daniel Untouchables pad. 1st base
Krzysiak, Eric HSV Stealers Catcher
Kujoth, Michael HSV Stealers Outfielder
Leighton Tanner Solingen Alligators Infielder
Milo, Dominco Drilling Wild Farmers Catcher
Nehring, Florian Bonn Capitals Outfielder
Olson, Charley Bonn Capitals Pitcher
Renault, Nick Solingen Alligators Pitcher
Rivers, Alexander Cologne Cardinals Pitcher
Rogers, Garrett Drilling Wild Farmers 1st base
Rogers, Mike Cologne Cardinals Infielder
Roper-Hubbert., Bradley Bonn Capitals Catcher
Wesche, Roy Dortmund Wanderers Outfielder
Zrinzo, Joe Drilling Wild Farmers Pitcher
Coaches: Team
Fechtig, Stefan (HC) Paderborn Untouchables
Heid, Mirko Bonn Capitals
Eberhardt, Norman Solingen Alligators

South

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Name Team Position
Haugen, Patrick Mainz Athletics Pitcher
Bolsenbroek, Mike Buchbinder Legionaries Pitcher
Fields, Brian Haar Disciples Pitcher
Payne, Spenser Bad Homburg Hornets Pitcher
Glynn, Elliot Bad Homburg Hornets Pitcher
Stoecklin, Jan Mannheim Tornados Pitcher
Hodges, Joshua Tuebingen Hawks Pitcher
Kotowski, Kevin Mainz Athletics Outfielder
Gühring, Simon Heidenheim Heideköpfe Catcher
Emery, Matti Stuttgart Reds Catcher
Boldt, Max Mainz Athletics Infielder
Vance, Matt Buchbinder Legionaries Infielder
Glaser, Louis Buchbinder Legionaries Infielder
Pecci, Jay Heidenheim Heideköpfe Infielder
Steinlein, Luke Haar Disciples Infielder
Petersen, Joshua Haar Disciples Infielder
Beck, Chris Stuttgart Reds Infielder
McOwen, James Heidenheim Heideköpfe Outfielder
Lutz, Sascha Stuttgart Reds Outfielder
Brown, Clarence Tuebingen Hawks Outfielder
Coaches : Team
Helmig, Marting (HC) Buchbinder Legionaries
Hartley, Mike Heidenheim Heideköpfe
Wermuth, Ulli Mainz Athletics
Maxwell, Keith Haar Disciples

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Germany: Buchbinder Legionaere Sweeps Haar Disciples


With the Mainz Athletics idle this past weekend, the Buchbinder Legionaere stayed on pace with a sweep of the Haar Disciples. With the two wins, the Legionaere stay just two games behind the division leading Mainz.

In other action, the Stuttgart Reds swept the Mannheim Tornados. In the first game they simply destroyed the Tornados 27-0. However, the second game was much closer but the Reds still pulled out a 3-2 win scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth.

The only other series in the South Division had the Heidemheim Heidekopfe taking two games from the Bad Homburg Hornets. With the two wins, Heidenheim stays just percentage points behind the Legionaere in third place.

Buchbinder Legionaere 4, Haar Disciples 0
Buchbinder Legionaere 6, Haar Disciples 3

Game 1 saw a great pitching performance from Legionaere starter Mike Bolsenbroek. He gave up just four hits in 8.2 innings of work. The win improved his record to 6-1, and he lowered his ERA to just 1.27.

Matt Vance set the table from the lead off spot for the Legionaere. He went just 1-for-3 but worked a walk and stole two bases. Mic Weigl was the only Legionaere hitter with more than one hit. He went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Game 2 saw a bit more offense. Again Mic Weigl went 2-for-4. He stole a base and score a run for the Legionaere in the win. Enzo Muzhik knocked in a pair of runs going 2-for-3 with a double.

Tony Younis knocked in a pair of runs in the loss for Haar going 2-for-3 with two doubles.

In other South Division action:

Thomas De Wolf pitched a complete game shutout for Stuttgart. He went seven innings allowing just one hit. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored four times.

Gavin Ng doubled twice and went 4-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored for Stuttgart in the blowout win.

Also in the blowout win for Stuttgart, Sascha Lutz went 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. He also doubled twice. Chris Beck tripled and drove in four runs going 2-for-5, Markus Winkler scored three times and went 4-for-6 with a double, and Darren Marquez hit a three-run home run.

Richard Olson pitched a complete game victory for Stuttgart in Game 2 of the weekend series. He gave up just two runs on six hits and struck out 15.

Jay Pecci had a great Game 1 for Heidenheim. He went 3-for-4 with a walk and three stolen bases. He also scored twice. In Game 2, he went 3-for-5 with a double and two triples.

Simon Guhring homered and went 2-for-5 in Game 1 for Heidenheim. In Game 2, he went 3-for-4 finishing a homer shy of the cycle and driving in three runs.

Luke Sommer pitched seven innings allowing just two runs (one earned) while striking out nine to earn the win. He also tripled and went 2-for-3 at the plate in Game 1.

James McOwen picked up three hits going 3-for-5 in Heidenheim’s Game 1 victory.

Jack Frawley picked up the win in Game 2 for Heidenheim tossing seven innings giving up just two runs (one earned) on four hits.

South Division scores:

Buchbinder Legionaere 4, Haar Disciples 0
Buchbinder Legionaere 6, Haar Disciples 3

Mannheim Tornados 0, Stuttgart Reds 27 (7)
Mannheim Tornados 2, Stuttgart Reds 3

Bad Homburg Hornets 3, Heidemheim Heidekopfe 9
Bad Homburg Hornets 2, Heidemheim Heidekopfe 8

South Division Standings:

1. Mainz Athletics 17-3
2. Buchbinder Legionaere 15-5
3. Heidemheim Heidekopfe 16-6
4. Haar Disciples 12-8
5. Stuttgart Reds 11-11
6. Bad Homburg Hornets 7-17
7. Mannheim Tornados 4-18
8. Tubingen Hawks 2-16

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Germany: Bonn Capitals Move to Within One Game of First Place Solingen in North Division


The Bonn Capitals moved a game closer to first place after they swept their weekend series and the Solingen Alligators split theirs. Solingen fell 5-4 to Paderborn in the first game of the weekend but bounced back to win the second game and keep a hold of their first place standing by only a game.

The next day, knowing Solingen had lost a game, Bonn dominated the Dortmund Wanderers in a pair of games at home. Bonn won the first game 14-6 and then thumped Dortmund 14-0 in the second. The pair of wins puts Bonn just one game away from the division leaders.

Dortmund Wanderers 6, Bonn Capitals 14
Dortmund Wanderers 0, Bonn Capitals 14 (7)

In Game 1, the Bonn Capitals got a great relief appearance from Maximilian Schmitz-Stercken who tossed 5.1 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Over those five plus innings, Schmitz-Stercken gave up just a single hit. He did walk five but struck out seven as well.

Offensively Bonn had a nice day off of the Dortmund pitching staff. Bradley Roper-Hubbert had a nice game going 3-for-3. He doubled twice and hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning that gave Bonn a 9-6 cushion.

Daniel Lamb-Hunt also had a nice day hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning. He would finish with four RBIs in the game. Philipp Spade (3-for-4) and Jonathan Schemmel (3-for-5) both finished with a three hits each.

Game 2 was all Bonn. Three pitchers combined to limit Dortmund to just three hits over seven innings. Charles Olson started but went just four innings. He gave up only one hit and struck out five. Yanis Theissen relieved him and pitched a scoreless inning to earn the win. Moritz Sckaer pitched the final two innings completing the shutout.

Philipp Spade picked up another three hits in the second game going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Daniel Lamb-Hunt was the big RBI man of the game with four going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, a double, and a triple.

In other North Division action:

Garrett Rogers went 2-for-6 in Game 1 for Dohren hitting a home run.

Rogers’ teammate Rene Schmidt scored twice and went 4-for-5 in the Game 1 win.

Rene Wolf homered going 2-for-5 in a loss for Cologne.

Alex Rivers pitched Cologne to a win in Game 2 of the weekend series. He tossed 6.2 scoreless innings allowing just six hits while striking out eight.

Dominic Milo went 4-for-4 in the Game 2 loss for Dohren. It was the second time this year he has collected four hits in a game against Cologne.

Octavio Medina went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks in an eleven inning win for Paderborn.

Nick Renault pitched a complete game shutout for Solingen in Game 2 of the weekend series. He allowed just four hits and struck out 18.

Tanner Leighton went 4-for-4 in the win for Solingen. He walked once and doubled twice.

Florian Gotze hit his first home run of the season for Solingen in the 5-0 win.

Adam Greenberg went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a home run for Berlin in its Game 1 loss.

Greenberg’s teammate Rolland Stiller picked up three hits of his own and scored three times in the Game 1 loss for Berlin.

Eric Krzysiak went 4-for-7 in Game 1 and 3-for-4 in Game 2 for the Stealers over the weekend. He drove in three runs in each game.

Mirko Oliczewsky went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in Game 1 for the Stealers. He doubled, stole three bases, and was hit by a pitch as well.

Brent Buffa had a busy weekend. In both games for the Stealers he went 2-for-4 with three RBI. In Game 2, he also tossed a complete game shutout giving up just three hits and striking out eleven.

North Division Scores:

Cologne Cardinals 5, Dohren Wild Farmers 7
Cologne Cardinals 4, Dohren Wild Farmers 0

Solingen Alligators 4, Paderborn Untouchables 5 (11)
Solingen Alligators 5, Paderborn Untouchables 0

HSV Stealers 20, Berlin Sluggers 9
HSV Stealers 7, Berlin Sluggers 0

Dortmund Wanderers 6, Bonn Capitals 14
Dortmund Wanderers 0, Bonn Capitals 14 (7)

German North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 19-3
2. Bonn Capitals 18-4
3. Paderborn Untouchables 16-6
4. HSV Stealers 14-8
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 11-13
6. Cologne Cardinals 9-15
7. Dortmund Wanderers 2-20
8. Berlin Sluggers 1-21

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Germany: Division Leader Mainz Splits Series with Haar


The highlight of the weekend’s four Bundesliga double headers came in the matchup between first place Mainz and fourth place Haar as they split the games, but finished the first in a last inning thriller.

Mainz vs. Haar | Game 1

In game one, Mainz’ Andreas Lastinger  collected 3 hits with an RBI and a double while Nicolas Weichert led the offense with 2 RBI on a double. Mainz rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the top of the 8th to tie the game against Haar starter Lukas Steinlein, who went 8 innings allowing 5 walks and striking out 5.

Francis Garcia entered in the top of the 9th for Haar but could not hold the score, allowing 2 hits and an earned run to give Mainz the lead 5-4 going into the bottom of the inning. Manuel Möller then collected the win for Mainz as he finished his second inning of pitching to close the game allowing just one hit and striking out 3.

Mainz vs. Haar | Game 2

Lastinger again proved to be a solid bat for Mainz as he added his second and third RBI of the day and another two hits. It was not enough though to stop a complete game effort from Haar starter Brian Fields, who dealt Mainz just their third loss of the season. Fields struck out 11 and allowed just 2 earned runs as Mainz starter Pat Haugen struggled to control Haar, giving up 12 hits and 6 runs, 5 of which were earned.

Mainz remained in first with a 17-3 record while Haar stayed at 4th with a 12-6 record.

North

Hamburg vs. Berlin | Double Header

Fourth place Hamburg Stealers crushed last place Berlin Sluggers twice in Saturday’s games, winning the first game 25-0 and the second 16-0. In game 1, Eric Krzysiak went 4-for-5 for the Stealers and had a game-high 6 RBI. Daniel Harms and Bean Pearson also pitched a joint no-hitter in that game.

In the second game, Berlin was able to notch 4 hits but couldn’t stop the bat of Krzysiak as he collected 3 RBI and was a homerun shy of the cycle to guide Hamburg to a 16-0 victory.

Drilling vs. Dortmund | Doubleheader

The Drilling Wild Farmers swept the Dortmund Wanderers in Saturday’s series notching a 4-0 victory in game 1 and a 9-2 victory in the second. Sebastian Jaap went yard in game one to support a combined shutout by Jannis Wedemeyer and Thies Brunckhorst for the Wild Farmers.

Game two was highlihgted by Drilling’s starting pitcher Joey Zrinzo, as he tossed a complete game while striking out 20 and allowing just 3 hits. Jaap and teammate Lars Erhorn supported the start with 3 RBI each to lead the team to a 9-2 win.

Sunday’s Doubleheader:

GAME 1

Bad Hormburg Hornet  12   6   2

Tubingen Hawks           2    5   1

GAME 2

Bad Hormburg Hornet   10  10  0

Tubingen Hawks            3    9   1

Bundesliga North Standings

#

Team

W

L

. Pct

GB

1

Solingen Alligators

16

2

.889

0

2

Bonn Capitals

14

4

.778

2

3

Paderborn Untouchables

13

5

.722

3

4

HSV Stealers

10

8

.556

6

5

Dohren Wild Farmers

10

10

.500

7

6

Cologne Cardinals

8

12

.400

9

7

Dortmund Wanderers

2

16

.111

14

8

Berlin Sluggers

1

17

.056

15

Bundesliga South Standings

#

Team

W

L

. Pct

GB

1

Mainz Athletics

17

3

.850

0

2

Regensburg Legionaere

12

4

.750

3

3

Heidenheim Heidekopfe

13

5

.722

3

4

Haar Disciples

12

6

.667

4

5

Stuttgart Reds

7

11

.389

9

6

Bad Homburg Hornets

6

14

.300

11

7

Mannheim Tornados

3

15

.167

13

8

Tübingen Hawks

2

14

.125

13

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Germany: Solingen Keeps Lead in North Division; Nick Renault Tosses No-Hitter for Solingen


The Solingen Alligators kept a hold of its first place standing with a sweep of the lowly Berlin Sluggers over the weekend. The Alligators crushed the Sluggers outscoring them by a total of 35-4 in the two game set.

In other action, the HSV Stealers split a set with the Dortmund Wanderers as Dortmund picked up just its second win of the year. The Bonn Capitals kept pace with Soligen with a sweep of their own over the Cologne Cardinals who continue to struggle so far in 2013. While the Paderborn Untouchables were off in Barcelona playing in the European Cup.

Bonn Capitals 15, Cologne Cardinals 2 (7)
Bonn Capitals 8, Cologne Cardinals 0

The Bonn Capitals (12-2) traveled to Cologne over the weekend winning in easy fashion over the Cardinals (2-12). Game 1 saw the Capitals pound out 13 hits en route to the win in a seven-inning shortened contest.

Christian Nsien had the big blow for Bonn with a home run going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Florian Nehring had a perfect day at the plate going 3-for-3, scored two runs, and drove in three more.

Alex Rivers had a nice day in the loss going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a pair of RBI.

Moritz Sckaer picked up the win tossing five innings giving up just two runs on three hits. Mika Kehl took the loss.

Game 2 saw more of the same as the Capitals picked up another 10 hits in the win. They were led offensively by Bradley Roper-Hubbert who went 2-for-4 with a couple of runs scored. Daniel Lamb-Hunt (1-for-3) and Adrian Stommel (1-for-5) both tripled in the win.

Charles Olson was brilliant on the mound giving up just one hit in six innings to earn the win. He struck out nine along the way needing only 71 pitches to get through six innings.

In other North Division action:

Solingen lead-off hitter Moritz Buttgereit had a huge day in the weekend series with the Berlin Sluggers going 4-for-5 with four runs scored including two doubles in Game 1. In Game 2 he went 3-for-3 with five RBI and three runs scored tripling twice.

David Selsemeyer also had a big day in Game 1 for Solingen as they pounded out 21 hits. Selsemeyer went 4-for-6 including a double and added a stolen base as well.

Tanner Leighton was the big RBI man for Solingen in Game 1 with four as he went 3-for-4. He went 2-for-2 in Game 2 knocking out a pair of doubles.

Nick Renault tossed a no-hitter going all seven and striking out 13 in a Game 2 victory.

Brent Buffa pitched well earning the win for the HSV Stealers in Game 1 over the weekend. Buffa pitched a complete game, allowed just one run on ten hits, and struck out ten.

Aljoscha Heller went 3-for-3 in the loss to the Stealers for the Wanderers in Game 1 of the weekend.

Eric Krzysiak picked up four hits (4-for-5) in the Game 2 loss for the Stealers. He doubled twice and scored two runs for HSV.

North Division Scores:

HSV Stealers 9, Dortmund Wanderers 1
HSV Stealers 6, Dortmund Wanderers 7 (10)

Berlin Sluggers 4, Solingen Alligators 14 (8)
Berlin Sluggers 0, Solingen Alligators 21 (7)

Bonn Capitals 15, Cologne Cardinals 2 (7)
Bonn Capitals 8, Cologne Cardinals 0

North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 13-1
2. Bonn Capitals 12-2
3. Paderborn Untouchables 10-4
4. HSV Stealers 7-5
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 5-7
6. Dortmund Wanderers 2-10
7. Cologne Cardinals 2-12
8. Berlin Sluggers 1-11

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Germany: Heidenheim and Mainz Split Weekend Series in South Division; Haar Pitcher Throws No-Hitter


Two of the top teams in the South Division of the German Bundesliga faced off this weekend as Mainz traveled to Heidenheim. Heidenheim entered the weekend two games behind the division leader. After taking the first game of the two game set, Mainz earned a split to stay two games up in the standings.

The Haar Disciples stayed on pace with the league leaders after sweeping Mannheim over the weekend. The Bad Homburg Hornets and the Stuttgart Reds split their series, while Regensburg was hosting the European Cup.

Mainz Athletics 0, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 7
Mainz Athletics 6, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 3

Luke Sommer led Heidenheim to a 7-0 win in Game 1 of the weekend series. He did it on the mound, where he threw eight shutout innings, and in the batter’s box where he homered twice. Sommer allowed just four hits while striking out eight. At the plate he went 3-for-3 with a pair of round trippers.

Without Sommer on the mound in Game 2, the Athletics took advantage. Julius Spann (3-for-5) picked up three of the eleven Athletics hits in the game. Maximilian Boldt (2-for-5) and Nicolas Weichert (2-for-5) both added a pair of hits, while Kevin Kotowski (1-for-5) drove in a pair of runs.

Pat Haugen picked up the win pitching 7.2 innings allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out seven in the game. Tim Stahlmann pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn the save.

In other South Division action:

Lukas Steinlein had a good game for Haar tossing seven innings allowing just two wins picking up a win in Game 1 of the weekend series.

Game 2 of the weekend for Haar saw Brian Fields pitch a no-hitter striking out 18 along the way. Matthew Kemp pitched well for Mannheim but ran up against Fields’ no-hitter to take the loss giving up just two runs in eight innings.

Kyle Waddell had a great game for Bad Homburg in Game 1 of the weekend. Waddell earned his first win of the season on the mound pitching a complete game giving up just three runs on ten hits. At the plate Waddell went 2-for-6 with 3 RBI with a home run in the sixth inning.

Chris Beck went 2-for-5 for Stuttgart including a solo home run in the Game 1 loss to Bad Homburg. In Game 2, Beck went 2-for-3 with his fourth home run of the  year.

South Division Scores:

Mannheim Tornados 2, Haar Disciples 8
Mannheim Tornados 0, Haar Disciples 2

Bad Homburg Hornets 7, Stuttgart Reds 3
Bad Homburg Hornets 3, Stuttgart Reds 4

Mainz Athletics 0, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 7
Mainz Athletics 6, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 3

South Division Standings:

1. Mainz Athletics 12-2
2. Regensburg Legionaere 9-3
3. Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 10-4
4. Haar Disciples 7-3
5. Stuttgart Reds 4-8
6. Bad Homburg Hornets 3-11
7. Mannheim Tornados 2-10
8. Teubingen Hawks 1-7

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EC Regensburg: Unipol Bologna Caps Off Championship with Walk Off Win


Unipol Bologna used a bottom of the ninth rally to make a comeback and win the European Cup in Regensburg, Germany on Sunday. Bologna defeated fellow Italian Baseball League team T&A San Marino 7-6 with a walk off single by Alessandro Vaglio (4-for-5) to earn a trip to the European Cup Final in August.

Unipol Bologna didn’t get a great start out of Matteo D’Angelo who lasted just 2.1 innings giving up four runs on five hits. However, reliever Raul Rivero came in to pitch well in relief tossing six innings. Rivero allowed just two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out seven. With the walk off, reliever Nicholas Pugliese picked up the win tossing just 0.2 innings.

Darwin Cubillan took the loss in relief for San Marino. He pitched well in the seventh and eighth, but failed to record an out in the ninth inning giving up two runs.

Unipol Bologna fought back several times after trailing 4-0 early in the game. San Marino jumped out early with three runs in the top of the first all on a Jaro Ramos (1-for-3) three-run home run. Bologna slowly came back and finally took the lead in the bottom of the seventh with two runs to take a 5-4 lead only to see it slip away an inning later.

Bologna gave up its only unearned run in the top of the ninth inning and it looked like San Marino would claim the championship. However, Bologna came back strong in the bottom of the ninth.

Nicholas Nosti (2-for-4/3 stolen bases) led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and then quickly stole second base for Bologna. After a walk to Claudio Liverziani (0-for-4) walked, Chris Aguila (2-for-4) singled to tie the game. Daniele Malengo, who pinch-ran earlier, was then intentionally walked to load the bases and set up the double play. However, that backfired for San Marino as the next hitter, Alessandro Vaglio singled on a 1-1 count to win the game and championship for Bologna.

The win capped off a perfect tournament for Unipol Bolona who went 5-0 in the round robin play.

Final Round Robin Standings:

1. Unipol Bologna 5-0
2. T&A San Marino 3-2
3. L&D Amsterdam 3-2
4. Eagles Prague 2-3
5. Buchbinder Leagionaere 2-3
6. Bern Cardinals 0-5

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EC Regensburg: Unipol Bologna Squeaks by the Eagles Prague to Stay Unbeaten


Day 3 wrapped up on Thursday with Unipol Bologna leading the pack with a perfect record through the first three games setting them up for the inside track into the European Cup Regensburg Championship Game. Anything can happen though as we still have two games of pool play left to go.

Unipol Bologna scored a late run to take one from the Eagles Prague on Thursday to stay undefeated. Both L&D Amsterdam, who crushed Bern, and the Buchbinder Legionaere, who needed 10 innings to down T&A San Marino, both got big wins on Thursday to stay in the race for the championship game.

Unipol Bologna 2, Eagles Prague 1

Hard luck loser David Barta pitched well for Prague. He gave up only two runs (one unearned) on seven hits. His defense let him down in the third inning committing three errors and allowing in an unearned run that would wind up being the difference. Barta didn’t help himself by walking seven in the loss though.

Carlos Richetti pitched well for Bologna but didn’t factor into the decision. He went seven innings allowing just one run on three hits while striking out nine. Fabio Milano picked up the win with 1.1 innings of relief without allowing a hit. Nicholas Pugliese picked up his second save of the tournament by getting the final two outs.

The game was tied 1-1 heading into the ninth inning. In the top half of the inning, Bologna staged a two out rally that would give them the win escaping the upset. Claudio Liverziani (1-for-3) doubled with two outs on a full count. He was driven home by Chris Aguila (2-for-5) and that would be all Bologna would need.

Bern Cardinals 1, L&D Amsterdam Pirates 16 (6)

Game 2 was much different than the first of the day. Amsterdam came out swinging scoring an eight spot in the third inning and never looked back. They would score two more in the fourth and end the game early with another six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Wesley Connor hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning after taking over defensively in the top of the inning.. He would finish the game 2-for-2 with three RBI. Bas De Jong added a double, two hits, and three runs scored.

Every starter but one, who was taken out early, had a hit in the game as the Pirates churned out 14 hits to go with the 16 runs.

Jos De Jong tossed five innings giving up just one run on two hits to pick up the win for Amsterdam. Tobias Imboden took the loss for Bern going four innings giving up 10 runs but only three were earned. Four errors by the Cardinals led to seven unearned runs.

T&A San Marino 6, Buchbinder Legionaere 7 (10)

The Legionaere needed a pair of runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to pull out the win over San Marino on Thursday. Both teams entered the game at 1-1 and needed the win. The host team needed to come back twice including being down 4-0 after half an inning.

Justin Kuehn needed 171 pitches to get through 9.1 innings but didn’t get the win. Jonathan Eisenhuth picked up the win pitching just 0.2 innings in relief.

Both teams had errors that led to runs for the other squad. San Marino gave up five unearned runs committing three errors in the game including two in the bottom of the tenth inning.

Ludwig Glaser had a nice day at the plate for the Legionaere going 3-for-4 scoring a pair of runs. Christopher Howard doubled, scored a pair of runs, drove in two more, and went 2-for-4 in the game.

EC Regensburg Schedule:

Friday June 7th
11:00 Unipol Bologna vs Bern Cardinals
15:00 T&A San Marino vs L&D Amsterdam
19:00 Eagles Prague vs Buchbinder Legionaere

Saturday June 8th
11:00 Bern Cardinals vs T&A San Marino
15:00 L&D Amsterdam vs Eagles Prague
19:00 Buchbinder Legionaere vs Unipol Bologna

Sunday June 9th
13:00 Championship Game

EC Regensburg Standings:

1. Unipol Bologna 3-0
2. Buchbinder Legionaere 2-1
3. L&D Amsterdam 2-1
4. Eagles Prague 1-2
5. T&A San Marino 1-2
6. Bern Cardinals 0-3

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EC Regensburg: Unipol Bologna Leads Standings After Day 2


Day 2 of the European Cup in Regensburg is in the books. There wasn’t a close game all day as one game didn’t last the full nine and a team from Italy improved to 2-0 to lead the standings.

Game one featured the Bern Cardinals and the Eagles Prague. Both teams came into the game having lost their first game and needed to get on the winning path.

Bern Cardinals 4, Eagles Prague 12

Bern started off strong scoring three runs in the top of the first inning and even picked up another run in the top of the second. Things were looking good, but that was all they would get. The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the first scoring four runs of their own and never looked back taking advantage of five Bern errors to score six unearned runs.

Daniel Vitek started off slow giving up four runs in two innings, but then shut down the Cardinals for six more innings to earn the win for Prague. He got some offensive support from Matej Hejma who had a nice day at the plate. Hejma scored three runs, drove in four more, and collected a pair of hits going 2-for-4 including a two-run home run. He also stole a pair of bases.

Helping out Hejma offensively was third baseman Lukas Borecky who added three hits of his own (3-for-4), scored three runs, and stole two bases.

Patrick Lawson took the loss for Bern pitching just 3.2 innings allowing nine runs (six earned) on just five hits. He struggled with control walking six batters and unleashing five wild pitches. He also hit two batters.

T&A San Marino 4, Unipol Bologna 14 (8)

Roger Luque got some much needed run support to pick up the win for Unipol Bologna as they improved their record to 2-0. Luque went 5.2 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits en route to the win.

Juan Carlos Infante had the big blow for Bologna with a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The game was close through seven innings with Bologna leading 5-4. They would score nine runs in the bottom of the eighth to end the game early. Two San Marino pitchers failed to record an out giving up big run totals in the eighth inning.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates 9, Buchbinder Legionaere 1

Amsterdam busted out of the gates scoring three runs in the first two innings and cruised from there giving up just five hits and taking advantage of six Legionaere errors.

Ben Grove tossed 6.1 innings allowing just a single run on five hits to pick up the win for Amsterdam. Kyle Ward came in to finish off the game and didn’t give up a hit the rest of the way.

Michael Duursma had a nice day at the plate. The shortstop went 2-for-4, drove in two runs, scored three more, and stole a base. Bjorn Hato also had a nice day going 2-for-5, stole two bases, and scored two more.

EC Regensburg Schedule:

Thursday June 6th
11:00 Unipol Bologna vs Eagles Prague
15:00 Bern Cardinals vs L&D Amsterdam
19:00 T&A San Marino vs Buchbinder Legionaere

Friday June 7th
11:00 Unipol Bologna vs Bern Cardinals
15:00 T&A San Marino vs L&D Amsterdam
19:00 Eagles Prague vs Buchbinder Legionaere

Saturday June 8th
11:00 Bern Cardinals vs T&A San Marino
15:00 L&D Amsterdam vs Eagles Prague
19:00 Buchbinder Legionaere vs Unipol Bologna

Sunday June 9th
13:00 Championship Game

EC Regensburg Standings:

1. Unipol Bologna 2-0
2. Eagles Prague 1-1
3. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 1-1
4. Buchbinder Legionaere 1-1
5. T&A San Marino 1-1
6. Bern Cardinals 0-2

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