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Switzerland: Zurich Barracudas Tame the Zurich Lions


By Christopher Byrnes

The Zurich Barracudas have won 10 in a row and moved to 10-1 on the season sweeping the Zurich Lions 16-7 and 13-1. The Barracudas lead the second place Therwil Flyers by 3.5 games in the standings.

The Barracudas once again played solid defense and delivered timely hitting to support the pitching efforts of Roger Savoldelli. Savoldeli  took over the bus for the Barracudas as he pitched a complete game to earn his first win as a Zurich Barracuda. The Barracudas were led offensively by Strahil Georgiev who had four hits and four RBIs. Nelson Santana went 3-5 and added 2 RBIs.

In the nightcap it was the strong pitching of Bert Marsnik and Josh Crouse who combined on a one hitter and allowed the Barracudas to cruise to a 13-1 victory. It was the man from the Twin Cities Bert Marsnik who took over the bus for the Barracudas in game two. Marsnik pitched five strong innings on the mound and produced three hits and six rbi’s. Josh Crouse closed out the win with two perfect innings in relief.

The Barracudas are scheduled to play night games versus the Zurich Challengers on June 11 and June 13.

Swiss NLA Regular Season Standings:

Team Won Lost GB
Zurich Barracudas 10 01
Therwil Flyers 07 05  3.5
Luzern Eagles 05 04   4
Bern Cardinals 07 06   4
Zurich Challengers 04 05   5
Zurich Lions 00 12  10.5

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Switzerland: Zurich Barracudas Defeat Lucerne Eagles in Battle for First Place


By Christopher Byrnes The second place Lucerne Eagles travelled to Zurich to take on the first place Zurich Barracudas. Both ball clubs made key offseason aquistions and are much improved this season.  The Eagles were looking to swep the Barracudas and take over first place but the Barracudas were triumphant winning both games by a score of 8-6. The Barracudas continue to play solid fundamental baseball and move to the top of the NLA with a 8-1 record. The Eagles fall back to 4-4 and retain the last playoff spot in a very tight NLA race. Swiss NLA REGULAR SEASON

  W L PCT GB
Zürich Barracudas 8 1 .889 -
Therwil Flyers 7 5 .583 2.5
Bern Cardinals 7 5 .583 2.5
Luzern Eagles 4 4 .500 3.5
Zürich Challengers 4 5 .444 4
Zürich Lions 0 10 .000 8.5

Game 1 Summary –  Zurich Barracudas 8 – Lucerne Eagles 6 Andi Rüesch coming off a strong performance last week started for the Barracudas while Andrea Girasole started for the Eagles. The Eagles jumped on Rüesch in the first inning scoring two runs. Leadoff man Sammy Paulino singled and Raphael Strub doubled to score the first run. Strub moved to third base on a ground out by Rudi Vargas and then scored on a slow ground ball to 1st base to make it 2-0 Eagles. The Barracudas got one run back in bottom of the first when Harry Wischnewski walked and stole his ninth base of the season and scored on an Eagle error to make it 2-1. In the bottom of the third inning, the Barracudas erupted for three runs to make the score 4-2. Josh Crouse hit a long double, Strahil Georgiev followed with a 12 pitch at bat and finally getting hit by pitch and then Nderim Coma smashed a double to score both runners. Nelson Santana followed with a single to score Coma. The Eagles came right back in the fourth inning to make the score 4-3 when Tom Enz smoked a double and scored on an infield error. The Barracudas broke the game open in the bottom of the 5th inning scoring three runs to make the score 7-3. Chris Michal singled and stole second base and Nderim Coma once again hit a double to score Michals. Bert Marsnik then singled to place runners on the corner.  Coma scored on a Nelson Santana ground out and Marsnik scored when  Andi Rüesch smacked a single to right field. The Barracudas added an insurance run in the 6th when Strahil Georgiev walked and Chris Michals cracked a single to right field placing runners on the corners. Nderim Coma singled with two strikes to right field for his fourth RBI on the day to score Georgiev and make it 8-3. The Eagles did not give up and scored another run in the 7th inning when Patrick Maier led off and laced a double which was followed by a double from Sammy Paulino. Rudi Vargas then hit a single to score Paulino to make it a 8-5 ball game. The Eagles scored another run in the 9th inning when Rüesch hit the first two batters and gave up an RBI single to Edwin Martinez Hernandez. Rüesch went the distance for the third time this year and earned his fourth victory. Offensively, the Barracudas were led by Nderim Coma who went 3-4 on the day with 4rbi and two runs scored. Josh Crouse, Chris Michals and Bert Marsnik all had two hit days .  The Eagles were led by Paulino, Enz and Vargas each producing two hits on a piece on the day. Barracudas Josh Crouse delivering a double Untitled                       Game two – Zurich Barracudas 8 – Lucerne Eagles 6 In the second game the Eagles were looking for redemption and sent their power pitcher Mario Idelfonso to the mound to face Chris Michals.  The Eagles once again came out strong to take the lead in the 1st inning by scoring a run on three consecutive singles by Rafael Strub, Michal Settle and Rudi Vargas. The Barracudas took advantage of some first inning control problems from Idelfonso when Harry Wischnewski walked and scored on a wild pitch to knot the game at 1-1. The Barracudas broke the game open in the 3rd inning scoring four runs to make the score 5-1. Nelson Santana singled and Hasson Rogers playing his first game of the season also singled. Marcel Loco Ochsner laid down a great sac bunt in the Bermuda triangle that the Eagles could not defend and that loaded the bases with no outs.  Harry Wischnewski came to the plate and he ripped a single up the middle to score two runs.  Josh Crouse then added and RBI on a hard ground out and Wischnewski came around to score when Bert Marsnik delivered a single. The Eagles just like in game one continued to fight back and scored two runs in the top of the 6th to make it a 5-3 ball game. Rudi Vargas got the Eagles going with a single and Patrick Maier delivered a nice rbi triple down the right field line and Edwin Martinez Hernandez followed with a single to get the Eagles back in the game. The Barracudas responded and increase their lead to 8-4  in the bottom 8th when Josh Crouse walked and Bert Marsnik singled and pitcher Chris Michals delivered a double to score two runs. The Eagles fought back scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run on second when Michals shut the door by striking out the last batter to earn his fourth win on the season. The Barracudas were led offensively by Chris Michals who went 2-4 and 2 rbi’s and Harry Wischnewski who had a single and two rbi’s. The Barracudas will face the Zurich Lions next weekend in Zurich

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Switzerland: Zurich Barracudas Sweep the Bern Cardinals


By Christopher Byrnes

The Zurich Barracudas travelled to Bern to face the defending champions with both teams fighting for first place.  The Barracudas prevailed in game 1 with great pitching from Andi Rüesch by a score of 2-0 and took the night cap with Chris Michaels throwing a 3 hit 15 strike out performance to win 5-3 and push the Barracudas to the top of the Swiss NLA leader board with a record of 6-1.

In game one the Barracudas gave the ball to Andi Rüesch 2-0 on the season to face the Cardinals ace Tobias Imboden. The Barracudas struck first by scoring two unearned runs in the top of the first off Imboden. The Cardinals defense allowed two errors to start the game as both Josh Crouse and Bert Marsnik reached on errors and Marsnik scored on a bloop single by Chris Michaels and Harry Wischnewski scored on a Nderim Coma sac fly to make it 2-0 Barracudas. The Cardinals mounted a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning when Santo Pena walked, Thierry Burkhardt singled and Steven McIntosh executed a nice sac bunt to place runners on 2nd and 3rd base with two outs. Johnny Perigos one of the most dangerous hitters in Swiss baseball stepped to the plate to try to tie the game. The Barracudas with first base open walked Perigos to load the bases to face cleanup hitter Ernesto Pereira. Rüesch fell behind 2-0 in the count but he stayed calm and made his pitch on the outside of the plate and Pereira flied out to left field to end the inning. This was the key play and the turning point for the Barracudas.

Both pitchers were lights out but it was Rüesch in the end who won the battle moving to 3-0  on the season getting his second complete game and the shutout and lowering his season era to 0.91. Tobias Imboden pitched just as well going the distance allowing no earned runs but fell to 1-2 on the season with a 1.33 era.

 Game Two – Barracudas 5 – Cardinals 3

In the second game the defending champs gave the ball to their import pitcher Ernesto Pereira who has been spectacular all season in hopes of winning the night cap. The Barracudas sent their import pitcher Chris Michals to the mound with a sweep on their minds.  The Barracudas once again struck first with a run in the first inning when Josh Crouse led off with a walk and advanced on a passed ball. Harry Wischnewski then singled Crouse to third base and Wischnewski stole second base. Chris Michals grounded out to score Crouse from 3rd base to make it 1-0.

The Cardinals answered back in the bottom of the first when Thierry Burkhardt reached 1st base on an error and moved to second on a single by Johnny Perigos. Michals walked Pereira to load the bases and then Marc Oboussier hit a sac fly to score Burkhardt to knot the score at 1-1.

The Barracudas scored again in the 4th inning when Chris Michals singled moved to second on passed ball and tagged up and moved to 3rd base on fly ball from Nderim Coma. Andi Rüesch stepped to the plate and with the infield in hit a ground ball to second base and Chris Michals was thrown out trying to score. Rüesch moved to second on a passed ball and then scored when Sascha Stanko singled to make it 2-1.

Again the Cardinals answered back in the bottom of the 4th by scoring two runs to take the lead 3-2. Moritz Kocher singled with one out and Miro Bussman grounded to second base but the throw was off line and the Cardinals had runners on 2nd and 3rd base. Michals threw a wild pitch to score Kocher to tie the game and then Thierry Burkhardt reached first on error and Steve McIntosh scored.

The Barracudas settled down after that inning and Chris Michals was dominant the rest of the way. The Barracudas reached Pereira for one run in the 6th when Michals doubled, Coma singled and Marcel Loco Ochsner ripped a single up the middle to tie the score.

The Barracudas kept the pressure on Pereira the rest of the way and in the 8th inning they blew the game open by scoring two runs to make it a 5-3 ball game.  Andi Rüesch led off with a walk and Sascha Stanko executed a perfect sac bunt to move Rüesch into scoring position with one out. Marcel Loco Ochsner once again came threw for the Barracudas by knocking a double down the left field line to score Rüesch with the go ahead run.  This was key to the game. Alex Bruce the young 17 year old came through with a single to move Ochsner to 3rd base and then Josh Crouse hit a sac fly to provide the Barracudas with a very important insurance run.

Chris Michals was absolutely lights out keeping the Cardinals bats off balance all day long. He registered his third win and complete game on the season and struck out 15 batters. His season era is now at a skinny 0.67 to lead the league.

The Barracudas were led offensively by Chris Michals who went 4-7 with 2 rbi’s on the day to raise his average to .347. Marcel Loco Ochsner deliver two clutch hits driving in 2 rbi’s. Alex Bruce also went 3-8 on the day.

Swiss NLA Standings

Tabelle Regular Season

W L PCT GB
Zürich Barracudas 6 1 .857 -
Luzern Eagles 4 2 .667 1.5
Therwil Flyers 5 3 .625 1.5
Bern Cardinals 4 5 .444 3
Zürich Challengers 2 3 .400 3
Zürich Lions 0 7 .000 6

 

 

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Swiss Nationalliga A Semifinals Underway


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.

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Swiss National Team Wins 2nd Annual Swiss Alpine Cup


The Swiss National Team took home the championship from the 2nd Annual Swiss Alpine Cup on Sunday after going a perfect 2-0 over the weekend.

The tournament kicked off on Friday with a Swiss win over the Austria National Team 10-2 in an error filled game (9 total). The entire schedule of games on Saturday were rained out making for a shortened tournament. The games on Sunday set up as:

10:00 Venezuela Team – Team Great Britain

13:00 Team Austria – Loser Game 2

16:00 Swiss National Team – Winner Game 2

Great Britain went on to defeat Venezuela 6-0 and advance to what would be the championship game against the Swiss National Team.

In the third place game, the Austria National Team scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 4-3 win over Venezuela.

In the championship game, the Swiss National Team got a great pitching performance from their starter Ryan Byrne (Bern Cardinals) who tossed six hitless innings giving up just one unearned run. The rest of the way the Swiss bullpen only gave up a single hit completely shutting down the Great Britain squad.

Daniel Eichenberger (Therwil Flyers) had a nice day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI to help lead the Swiss team to the title. Takanoba Oshima (Therwil Flyers) and Saentis Zeller (Zurich Challengers) both chipped in with a pair of hits as well.

Final Standings:

1. Swiss National Team

2. Team Great Britain

3. Team Austria

4. Team Venezuela

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Swiss Alpine International Cup Schedule Changed Due to Weather


Due to rain another international tournament was delayed a day. This time it was the Swiss International Alpine Cup from Zurich, Switzerland.

The three day event will be pushed back and made into a two day event. There are four teams from four different countries taking place in the event including the Swiss National Team, the Austrian National Team, and all-star teams from Great Britain and Venezuela.

New Swiss Alpine International Cup Schedule:

Saturday, June 29
19:00 Venezuela Team – Team Great Britain

Sunday, June 30
10:00 Team Austria – Team Great Britian
13:00 Venezuela Team – Team Austria
16:00 Swiss National Team – Team Great Britain
19:00 Swiss National Team – Team Venezuela

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Switzerland: Therwil Flyers Sign American Import Josh Tamba


The Therwil Flyers have added a new American import in Josh Tamba.

Tamba was a 7th round draft pick out of Cypress College by the Baltimore Orioles in 2006. He spent three years in the Orioles minor league system before turning to Europe to play ball.

In 2012, Tamba pitched in the German Bundesliga with the Cologne Cardinals where he pitched and played middle infield.

On the hill, Tamba pitched in 13 games going 4-7 with a 3.74 ERA. In 79.1 innings, he struck out 110 batters but at times struggled with control. Along with the high strikeout totals were 45 walks and 15 wild pitches.

At the plate Tamba was the Cardinals leading hitter. He posted a line of .379/.468/.579 along with three home runs. He also led the team in runs scored and stolen bases (20).

The Flyers will kick off the regular season on April 7 against the Zurich Lions.

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Switzerland: Therwil Flyers Sweep Zurich Challengers


By Marvin Moore

SWITZERLAND – The Therwil Flyers got back on the winning track on Sunday with a pair of wins over the Zurich Challengers in Swiss Baseball League action at Kanelmatt 1 in Therwil. The Challengers’ home games had to be played on the road because the Heerenschürli ballpark is still closed after the July 3 flooding.

Therwil (9-4) routed Zurich 12-3 in the first game behind an 18-hit offensive assault. Chris Blackbee and Stefan Koller banged four hits apiece, and Reto Siegel reached base five times on three hits and two walks to pace last year’s runner-up squad.

Koller (4-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks over eight innings to earn the decision. Adrian Kaufmann worked a perfect ninth out of the bullpen to finish off the impressive victory.

Tobias Siegrist, Robert Sedin and Bryan Shemley tallied two hits apiece for the Challengers.

The Flyers completed the sweep with a rain-soaked 3-1 victory in the second encounter as play was stopped after five innings. Blackbee (1-0) picked up the win with five stellar frames on the mound.

Therwil opened the scoring in the first inning when Siegel crossed the plate on an RBI fielder’s choice by Kaufmann. But Zurich pulled even in the second on Harold Bregy’s run-scoring base hit.

The Challengers wasted a golden scoring chance in the third after Sedin led off with a single before swiping two bases. However, Blackbee retired the next three batters to defuse the threat.

The Flyers capitalized on an error and a passed ball in the fourth to take the lead for good. Both squads went down silently in the fifth before the clouds opened and the game was halted prematurely due to heavy rains.

In the lone other matchup slated this past weekend, the Luzern Eagles captured a pair of wins, 15-6 and 15-0, over the last-place Wil Devils.

2012 SWISS BASEBALL LEAGUE:

Bern Cardinals (15-1)
Embrach Mustangs (14-3)
Zurich Barracudas (10-5)
Therwil Flyers (9-4)
Zurich Challengers (8-7)
Zurich Lions (3-13)
Luzern Eagles (3-13)
Wil Devils (2-18)

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

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Switzerland: 1st Swiss International Alpine Cup Schedule Announced


The 1st Swiss International Alpine Cup in Zurich will take place this year from August 3 to 5. Four teams will compete for the title including the Swiss National Team, an All-Star team from the Swiss Nationalliga A, the British team Southampton Mustangs, and a collegiate team from the US, The International Game. The schedule is as follows.

Schedule:

Friday, August 3
 Swiss National Team – The International Game

Saturday, August 4 
The International Game – Swiss All Stars
Southampton Mustangs – Swiss All Stars
Southampton Mustangs – Swiss National Team

Sunday, August 5
The International Game – Southampton Mustangs
Swiss National Team – Swiss All Stars
Final Game

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Switzerland: Therwil Flyers Crush Wil Devils in Two Game Series


SWITZERLAND – The Therwil Flyers used a pair of seven-run frames to roll past the Wil Devils 18-3 Saturday in the front end of a Swiss Baseball League doubleheader. The Flyers finished off the sweep with a 16-0 victory in the second game.

The visitors sent 11 batters to the plate in the second and capitalized on four Wil errors to grab an early 7-0 lead in the twinbill opener. First baseman Takanobu Oshima highlighted the big inning with a three-run double.

The second-place Flyers put together another seven-run outburst in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Seppi Zwyer and Adrian Kaufmann both smacked three-run homers to seal the lopsided win.

Stefan Koller (2-0) scattered three runs and four hits with a walk and five strikeouts over six frames to earn the decision.

Therwil (4-1) pounded out 19 hits to rout the Devils in the second game. Oshima and Reto Siegel both homered and tallied four hits apiece for the defending regular season champion.

Lukas Croton (1-1) worked six shutout frames allowing just three hits to pick up the win. Kaufmann tallied the final three outs to notch his second save of the young season.

The Bern Cardinals (8-0) remained perfect with two victories over the last-place Luzern Eagles. The reigning Swiss title-holder cruised to an 18-1 win in the first encounter before foiling an upset bid with a 10-8 triumph in the second game.

The third-place Embrach Mustangs collected a pair of runaway wins against the offensive-challenged Zurich Lions. Roger Savoldelli (4-1) went the distance in a 17-4 victory to open the twinbill before Tim Jones (3-1) tossed a seven-inning two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in a 12-0 win.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:
Bern Cardinals 18,10 – Luzern Eagles 1,8
Therwil Flyers 18,16 – Wil Devils 3,0

SUNDAY, MAY 20:
Embrach Mustangs 17,12 – Zurich Lions 4,0

2012 SWISS LEAGUE:

1.Bern Cardinals (8-0)
2.Therwil Flyers (4-1)
3.Embrach Mustangs (6-2)
4.Zurich Barracudas (3-2)
5.Wil Devils (2-4)
5.Zurich Challengers (2-4)
7.Luzern Eagles (1-7)
7.Zurich Lions (1-7)

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Switzerland: Bern Cardinals Sweep Embrach Mustangs, Stay Unbeaten


SWITZERLAND – American right-hander Dan Rogers struck out 13 in a dominant complete game effort and the Zurich Barracudas dealt the Therwil Flyers a 6-1 setback Sunday in a Swiss Baseball League encounter at Kanelmatt 1 in Therwil.

Rogers (2-0), who limited the Flyers to just five hits and three walks, also went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to raise his batting average to .476.

The Zurich Challengers picked up two wins over the Wil Devils. Tobias Siegrist homered and drove home six runs, and American import Robert Sedin went 5-for-5 with five RBIs as both squads combined for a whopping 31 hits.

Siegrist (1-0) worked six solid frames and Sedin picked up his first save to lead the Challengers to a 6-3 victory in the twin bill finale.

The Bern Cardinals (6-0) extended its season-opening winning streak to six games with a sweep over the Embrach Mustangs, while the Luzern Eagles and Zurich Lions settled for a split.

2012 SWISS LEAGUE:

Bern Cardinals (6-0)
Embrach Mustangs (4-2)
Therwil Flyers (2-1)
Zurich Barracudas (3-2)
Wil Devils (2-2)
Zurich Challengers (2-4)
Luzern Eagles (1-5)
Zurich Lions (1-5)

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Switzerland: Bern and Embrach Stay Unbeaten


SWITZERLAND – The Bern Cardinals and the Embrach Mustangs continue to pace the Swiss Baseball League with impressive twinbill sweeps last weekend to remain unbeaten on the young season.

Bern (4-0) travelled to Zurich on Sunday and netted two victories over the Barracudas, while Embrach (4-0) dealt the Zurich Lions a pair on the same day.

The Therwil Flyers and Wil Devils both opened its respective 2012 campaigns with doubleheader sweeps a day earlier.
Therwil (2-0) knocked off the Zurich Challengers at home in two low-scoring affairs, and Wil (2-0) plated a combined 30 scores en route to a pair of wins against the Zurich Lions.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28:
Therwil Flyers 6,5 – Zurich Challengers 3,3
Wil Devils 13,17 – Zurich Lions 8,13

SUNDAY, APRIL 29:
Embrach Mustangs 10,7 – Lucerne Eagles 0,3
Bern Cardinals 8,9 – Zurich Barracudas – 5,3

2012 SWISS LEAGUE:

Bern Cardinals (4-0)
Embrach Mustangs (4-0)
Therwil Flyers (2-0)
Wil Devils (2-0)
Zurich Barracudas (2-2)
Luzern Eagles (0-4)
Zurich Lions (0-4)
Zurich Challengers (0-4)

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Switzerland: Defending Champion Bern Opens Season with Sweep


SWITZERLAND – The Bern Cardinals opened defense of its Swiss Baseball League title with a pair of lopsided victories over the Zurich Lions last Saturday at the Herrenschurli Ballpark in Zurich.

National team right-hander Tobias Imboden (1-0) scattered two runs over five innings to help Bern tally a 14-2 win in the season opening contest.

The Cards took a quick lead in the first on a two-run single off the bat of Johnny Perigos, but Zurich answered back in the bottom of the frame to make it a one-run game. Both squads crossed the plate in the fourth before Bern scored 10 times in the seventh and eighth innings to seal the outcome.

The pitching tandem of Benji Waite (1-0) and John Baum combined on a no-hitter as the reigning Swiss champion rolled to a 37-0 win in the twinbill finale.

Baum paced a marathon 23-run sixth with a single, two doubles and six RBIs.

EMBRACH SWEEPS CHALLENGERS
The Embrach Mustangs picked up an Opening Day sweep against the Zurich Challengers on a wet and cold Swiss afternoon.

The Mustangs tagged Zurich starter Andrea Girasole for three first inning scores and veteran righty Roger Savoldelli (1-0) went the distance in a 6-4 victory.

Embrach blanked Zurich 3-0 in the second game as American Tim Jones (1-0) struck out 11 over eight dominant frames. Reliever Korey Kovac collected the final three outs to earn a save.

2012 SWISS BASEBALL LEAGUE:

Bern Cardinals (2-0)
Embrach Mustangs (2-0)
Zurich Barracudas (2-0)
Therwil Flyers (0-0)
Wil Devils (0-0)
Luzern Eagles (0-2)
Zurich Challengers (0-2)
Zurich Lions (0-2)

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Switzerland: Bern Cardinals Add American Pair


SWITZERLAND – The reigning Swiss champion Bern Cardinals have added a pair of Americans, P/INF Benji Waite and P/OF Ryan Byrne, for the 2012 season.

Waite attended the University of Alabama Birmingham and suited up for the German League club Gauting Indians a year ago. The versatile left-handed hitter and right-handed hurler is expected to make key contributions with the lumber and on the hill.

Byrne, who has both an American and Swiss passport, will bolster the seven-time Swiss champion Game 1 pitching rotation. He is a former member of the U.S. Jr. College national champion, San Jacinto College (Texas).

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World Baseball Update


The Baltimore Orioles have signed Taiwanese southpaw Wei-Yin Chen to a three-year contract. The former Chunichi Dragons hurler will join former Softbank Hawks ace Tsuyoshi Wada in the Orioles starting rotation in 2012.

Chen posted an 8-10 record in 24 starts last year, with a 2.68 ERA. The 26-year-old has a 36-30 record with a 2.59 lifetime ERA in five seasons with the Japanese League club.

Amazingly, he is the fourth member from the Kao-Yuan High School Class of 2003 to join a MLB organization. Ching-Lung Lo (Rockies), Chi-Hung Cheng (Blue Jays), and Kuo-Hui Lo (Mariners) are also pursuing big league dreams.

SWISS STANDOUT EARNS UNDER ARMOR INVITE
Oakland Christian School (Auburn Hills, MI) standout Rafael Eigenmann has been invited to participate in the 2012 Under Armor Pre-Season All-America Tournament. The event will be played from January 13-15 at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona.

The 17-year-old catcher and corner infielder, who is also a member of the Swiss U18 national team, has also competed in his native country with the Therwil Flyers Baseball and Softball Club.

PERTH OUTCLASSING ABL FOES
The Perth Heat continue to lord over the Australian Baseball League and has already wrapped up the top seed for the upcoming playoffs. The Heat, which has broken last year’s mark for most wins, leads the circuit in batting average, runs scored, home runs, and ERA.

The Melbourne Aces and the Canberra Cavalry are also eyeing a title run. Justin Huber leads the Aces with a .373 batting mark and six homers, while shortstop Kody Hightower has caught fire and is batting .383 with four dingers for the Cavalry.

ASIAN PROSPECTS FACE MILITARY ASSIGNMENTS
Taiwanese minor leaguers RHP Yao-Lin Wang (Cubs) and INF/OF Fu-Lin Kuo (Yankees) might have to serve in Taiwan’s military due to incorrect advice from their agents. Both prospects were instructed to drop out of college but without their student status, both will be required to serve in the military if summoned.

DUTCH BASEBALL UNIFORMS STOLEN
Car thieves in Holland stole a vehicle recently which also contained the official baseball uniforms of the Dutch National Team. The Netherlands, which won last year’s IBAF Baseball World Cup, opened their first training of the new year this past Wednesday.

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Switzerland: Therwil Flyers and Bern Cardinals Split First Two Games of Finals


SWITZERLAND – Veteran left-handed hitters Stefan Koller and Reto Siegel both homered during a pivotal nine-run eighth inning as the Therwil Flyers opened the 2011 Swiss Finals with a 15-5 victory Saturday over the Bern Cardinals at Kanelmatt 1 in Therwil.

Koller (1-0) went 3-for-5, stole a base, crossed the plate twice, and chased Bern starter Tobias Imboden in the game-deciding frame with a two-run blast. The right-hander allowed a run in two relief frames to notch his second win of the postseason.

Therwil raced out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening frame on a two-run blast off the bat of American player/coach JB Tucker. But the reigning Swiss champion, making its seventh consecutive appearance in the title series, came charging back in the third.

Vitus Huber’s two-run double knotted the score before American John Baum followed with another two-bagger to give the Cardinals a 3-2 advantage. Johnny Perigos capped the frame with an RBI single.

The Flyers pulled even in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Sebastian “Seppi” Zwyer, and went back on top, 6-4, in the seventh on Daniel Eichenberger’s two-run single.

Bern made it a one-run affair in the top of the eighth on an RBI double by Eduardo Villacis, but Therwil blew the game open in the bottom of the same frame as the first 10 batters reached base en route to the lopsided series-opening victory.

Siegel hit a three-run shot while Tucker drove in three scores for a squad that had six players tally two or more RBIs.

The Cardinals raced out to a 9-0 lead en route to a convincing 11-3 win over the Flyers in Game 2 as Eduardo Villacis (1-0) scattered a run and four hits in six innings.

Koller put together another productive game going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Bern has won the Swiss national championship (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010) five of the past six years.

SERIES-AT-A-GLANCE
Game 1 – Therwil Flyers 15, Bern Cardinals 5
Game 2 – Bern Cardinals 11, Therwil Flyers 3
Game 3 – Therwil Flyers at Bern Cardinals
Game 4 – Therwil Flyers at Bern Cardinals
Game 5 – Bern Cardinals at Therwil Flyers*

(Series tied at 1-1)

* If necessary

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Switzerland: Therwil and Bern Advance to Finals


SWITZERLAND –  The Therwil Flyers and Bern Cardinals will square off with one another in the championship of the Swiss Nationalliga A. Both teams earned victories on Saturday to sweep their respective semi-final matches and advance to the championship round.

Therwil Flyers 10, Zurich Barracudas 7
Therwil Flyers 8, Zurich Barracudas 4
Therwil Flyers 9, Zurich Barracudas 3

In Game 3 of their semi-final match, the Flyers scored a 9-3 victory. Lukas Croton went 5 innings allowing only a walk and striking out 5 to earn the victory for Therwil. Center fielder Reto Siegel led the way offensively going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles.  Takanobu Oshima chipped in 3 RBI going 2-for-3.

The Flyers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 5 innings, but Zurich would battle back with 3 runs of its own in the 6th. However, that would be all they would get and Therwil would tack on 4 more runs to win going away.

Bern Cardinals 11, Embrach Mustangs 8
Bern Cardinals 18, Embrach Mustangs 4
Bern Cardinals 6, Embrach Mustangs 2

The Bern Cardinals advanced to the finals with a 6-2 victory in Game 3 of their semi-final match with the Embrach Mustangs. Tobias Imboden went the distance for Bern allowing 2 runs on 9 hits while striking out 7. The offense was carried by Johnny Perigo Mejias who hit 2 bombs driving in all 6 runs. In the bottom of the 1st, Mejias hit a 2-run home run to put Bern on the board. After the Mustangs had cut the lead to 2-1, Mejias once again came up big. This time he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 6th to put the game away. He finished 2-for-4 with 6 RBI.

Bern looks to defend its title from 2010. They have won 5 of the last 6 titles dating back to 2005.

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Switzerland: Therwil Flyers Win 3rd Consecutive Regular Season Title


SWITZERLAND – The Therwil Flyers wrapped up their third consecutive Swiss Baseball League regular season title with a high-scoring 14-10 win over the Embrach Mustangs last Saturday at Kanelmatt 1 in Therwil.

Therwil (26-2), seeking their second national championship in three years, will open the postseason this weekend as a heavy favorite to dethrone the Bern Cardinals. Third-place Embrach (17-11) also booked a ticket to the playoffs.

Bern (21-7), Switzerland’s most decorated club over the past six years, were upset twice (16-10 and 7-6) by the Zurich Barracudas (14-13). However, both squads advanced to the playoffs as the second and fourth seeds, respectively.

SWISS BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. Therwil Flyers (26-2)
2. Bern Cardinals (21-7)
3. Embrach Mustangs (17-11)
4. Zurich Barracudas (14-13)
5. Luzern Eagles (12-16)
6. Sissach Frogs (11-17)
7. Zurich Challengers (9-17)
8. Zurich Lions (0-27)

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Switzerland: Zurich Barracudas Clinch Final Playoff Spot


SWITZERLAND – The Zurich Barracudas clinched the final playoff spot with a 7-0 win over their crosstown rival Zurich Challengers this past Tuesday night in a Swiss Baseball League matchup at the Heerenschurli ballpark in Zurich.

The Barracudas opened the scoring in the first with three scores courtesy of an inside-the-park home run. It would prove to be more than enough for American import Kody Hightower, who tossed nine magnificent innings.

Hightower also went 4-for-4 at the plate with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs. Nderim Coma sealed the deal with a two-run shot over the center field wall in the fifth to end the scoring.

Tobias Siegrist delivered two hits for the Challengers, while Yanik Probst and Adrian Kämpfer had one hit apiece.

THERWIL FLYERS SWEEPS LUZERN EAGLES
The Therwil Flyers continued their winning ways with a doubleheader sweep over the Luzern Eagles last Sunday in the Swiss Baseball League. With the wins, the red-hot Flyers have won 25 of 27 games, including a 10-game winning streak.

The first game was a one-sided affair as Therwil captured a 12-6 win. Flyers starting pitcher Lukas Croton overmatched the Eagles’ hitters giving up two unearned runs in four innings of work, while striking out five.

Reto Siegel, who went 3-for-4, ignited the Flyers with a two-run blast in the first as Therwil scored early and often en route to the victory.

The second game was another lopsided contest as the Flyers routed the Eagles, 16-1. Ianis Boutaloup drilled a two-run shot in the second while Sebastian Zwyer and Stefan Koller both added three hits apiece for Therwil.

In other action last weekend, the Zurich Barracudas pounded the Sissach Frogs, 15-3.

SWISS BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. Therwil Flyers (25-2)
2. Bern Cardinals (21-5)
3. Embrach Mustangs (17-10)
4. Zurich Barracudas (12-13)
5. Luzern Eagles (10-16)
6. Sissach Frogs (11-17)
7. Zurich Challengers (9-15)
8. Zurich Lions (0-27)

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Switzerland: Therwil Flyers Earn Sweep


SWITZERLAND – The Therwil Flyers continued their quest for a second national title with a doubleheader sweep against the Zurich Challengers Saturday in the Swiss Baseball League.

Therwil (21-2) rolled to a blowout 12-1 victory in the first game as Lukas Croton (pictured) and Stefan Koller combined to silence the Challengers’ batting lineup. American playing coach JB Tucker’s squad notched its sixth consecutive win with an 8-2 triumph over Zurich (9-13) in the second affair.

The Embrach Mustangs (17-10) snapped the 10-game winning streak of the Bern Cardinals with a 4-3 decision in the front end of a doubleheader on Sunday. Bern (19-5) got back on the winning track in the second contest, 6-1.

On Saturday, the Sissach Frogs (11-16) and Luzern Eagles (9-14) also settled for a twinbill split.

SWISS BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. Therwil Flyers (21-2)
2. Bern Cardinals (19-5)
3. Embrach Mustangs (17-10)
4. Zurich Barracudas (11-12)
5. Zurich Challengers (9-13)
6. Sissach Frogs (11-16)
7. Luzern Eagles (9-14)
8. Zurich Lions (0-25)

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Switzerland: Embrach Mustangs Edge Sissach


SWITZERLAND – The Embrach Rainbows captured a pair of narrow road wins against the Sissach Frogs last Saturday to tighten its grip on third-place in the Swiss League.

The Rainbows (16-9) escaped with a 12-11 decision in the first game of a doubleheader before finishing off the hotly-contested sweep with a slim 6-5 win in the twinbill finale. With the losses, the Frogs (10-15) fell 1 1/2 games behind the fourth-place Zurich Challengers (9-11) for the final playoff spot.

Wet weather conditions forced the postponement of scheduled matchups between the Challengers and the Luzern Eagles, and the Bern Cardinals and Zurich Barracudas.

SWISS LEAGUE STANDINGS
1. Therwil Flyers (19-2)
2. Bern Cardinals (18-4)
3. Embrach Mustangs (16-9)
4. Zurich Challengers (9-11)
5. Zurich Barracudas (9-12)
6. Sissach Frogs (10-15)
7. Luzern Eagles (8-13)
8. Zurich Lions (0-23)

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Switzerland: Four Teams Battling for Final Playoff Spot


SWITZERLAND – The Zurich Barracudas remained in the playoff hunt with a 4-3 win over the Embrach Mustangs Saturday in the back end of a Swiss Baseball League doubleheader.

The Barracudas (9-12) rebounded from a narrow 6-5 loss in the first game to salvage a twinbill split and stay in contention for the final playoff spot. The Zurich Challengers (9-11), Sissach Frogs (10-13) and the Luzern Eagles (8-13) are also vying for the last postseason berth.

The third-place Mustangs (14-9) have all but wrapped up a playoff spot as has the Therwil Flyers (19-2) and the Bern Cardinals (18-4). The Flyers and Eagles were rained out on Sunday, as well as the matchup pitting the Cardinals against the Challengers.

SWISS LEAGUE STANDINGS
1. Therwil Flyers (19-2)
2. Bern Cardinals (18-4)
3. Embrach Mustangs (14-9)
4. Zurich Challengers (9-11)
5. Sissach Frogs (10-13)
6. Zurich Barracudas (9-12)
7. Luzern Eagles (8-13)
8. Zurich Lions (0-23)

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Switzerland: Bern Cardinals Stay Hot – Extend Winning Streak to Ten


SWITZERLAND – The Bern Cardinals continued their late season surge with a pair of victories over the Luzern Eagles Sunday in the Swiss League.

Bern (18-4), which has put together a 10-game winning streak, rolled to a 10-1 win in the first game. The Cardinals struggled but prevailed in the twinbill finale, 5-3.

The league-leading Therwil Flyers (19-2) knocked off the Embrach Rainbows 2-1 in a low-scoring affair. The second game was cancelled due to rain.

Hide Oshima worked five innings of one-run ball to notch the win, while veteran righty Stefan Koller threw a trio of scoreless relief frames before closer Adrian Kaufmann tallied the final three outs to preserve the win.

In the lone other matchup on the slate, the Sissach Frogs stopped the winless Zurich Lions 10-5.

SWISS BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Therwil Flyers 19 02 Won 4
Bern Cardinals 18 04 Won 10
Embrach Mustangs 13 08 Lost 1
Zurich Challengers 09 10 Lost 1
Sissach Frogs 10 13 Won 1
Zurich Barracudas 08 11 Lost 1
Luzern Eagles 08 13 Lost 3
Zurich Lions 00 23 Lost 23

 

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Switzerland: Therwil Flyers and Bern Cardinals Remain Atop League


SWITZERLAND – The Therwil Flyers and the Bern Cardinals remained on a collision course in the Swiss League with a pair of doubleheader sweeps last weekend.

The league-leading Flyers (18-2) disposed of the Sissach Frogs (9-13) to stay two games ahead of the red-hot Cardinals. Adrian Kaufmann and Emanuel Raouzeos combined for seven hits as Therwil rolled to a 21-11 victory in the first game.

The twinbill finale was a much closer affair as Therwil avoided the upset with a 4-2 decision. Sissach starter Gary Kahn limited the high-scoring Therwil offense to just three scores over five frames to keep things interesting. However, Therwil’S promising young right-hander Lukas Croton worked four innings of one-run ball to deny the Frogs their second triumph over the Flyers this season.

The Cardinals (16-4) extended their winning streak to eight games with a pair of stellar pitching performances against the winless Zurich Lions (0-23).

Tobias Imboden tossed a one-hitter as the reigning Swiss champion pounded the Lions 22-0 in the first game, and American John Baum threw a perfect game in the second contest as Bern captured a 5-0 victory.

In the lone other matchup last weekend, the Embrach Rainbows (13-7) regrouped after a 7-6 loss to the Luzern Eagles to salvage a doubleheader split with a 7-0 victory.

SWISS BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Therwil Flyers 18 02 Won 3
Bern Cardinals 16 04 Won 8
Embrach Mustangs 13 07 Won 1
Zurich Challengers 09 10 Lost 1
Luzern Eagles 08 11 Lost 1
Zurich Barracudas 07 10 Won 2
Sissach Frogs 09 13 Lost 2
Zurich Lions 00 23 Lost 23

 

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