The semifinals of the Swiss Nationalliga A are underway as the Bern Cardinals are taking on the Zurich Challengers while the Therwil Flyers take on the Embrach Mustangs in the other series.
The Bern Cardinals got their title defense underway with a 9-4 loss to Zurich in Game 1. Bern finished the regular season at the top of the standings with a 24-4 record, a game ahead of the Flyers.
Tobias Siegrest pitched the Challengers to the Game 1 win after tossing eight solid innings. Siegrest gave up four runs (two earned) while striking out nine to give his team the lead in the series.
Eidrys Reyes led the offense by setting the table going 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. The top three in the lineup accounted for 10 of the teams 14 hits. Saentis Zeller followed up Reyes going 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Robert Sedin also had a big day going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, two runs, and two RBI.
Game 2 will be Saturday September 28 after Bern plays in the European Cup Playoff in Zurich.
In the other semifinal, the Therwil Flyers held off a late run by the Embrach Mustangs to hold on to an 8-6 win.
Luke Croton pitched the Flyers to the win tossing six solid innings allowing just two runs on four hits.
Offensively the Flyers were balanced. Hide Oshima (1-for-3) drove in three runs and stole a base, Stefan Koller (2-for-5) drove in a pair of runs, and Adrian Kaufmann (1-for-1/3 walks) scored three times.
The Flyers jumped on the Mustangs starter early scoring six runs in the first three innings to take control of the game.