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German Bundesliga: Heidenheim still unbeaten; First loss Regensburg, Stuttgart

HAAR / HEIDENHEIM AN DER BRENZ / REGENSBURG / STUTTGART / ULM (Germany) - Heidenheim Heideköpfe is now the lone leader in the 1.Bundesliga Süd after winning both games last weekend in the fourth round of the season. The reigning champion is followed by Guggenberger Legionäre and Stuttgart Reds, who both suffered their first loss. The season in the 1.Bundesliga Nord is scheduled to begin on May 8.

On Saturday (April 24), Heidenheim recorded two small victories in its double-header against Mannheim Tornados, winning with one run difference. The German champion opened with a 9-8 win, then followed with a 10-9 win in the second game. Both games needed extra innings.

Regensburg Legionäre shutout München-Haar Disciples 10-0 on Friday-evening (April 23), then lost its first game of the season the next day with a 5-4 score.

Stuttgart Reds lost 3-1 against Mainz Athletics in its first game of a double-header on Saturday, which was its first loss. In the second game, Stuttgart won 10-8.

Tübingen Hawks won twice against IT sure Falcons Ulm, 16-15 and 12-9 in a double-header on Saturday.

(April 24)

Playing at home, Heidenheim Heideköpfe failed to hold the lead twice in the opening game against Mannheim Tornados. The team led 2-0 after three innings, but Mannheim came alongside. Heidenheim then led 4-2 after six bat bats, but this time, Mannheim answered with three runs. Heidenheim made it a 5-5 score in the eighth thanks to a basesloaded walk for Simon Gühring.

...Veteran umpire Jens Waider...
...was behind the plate in...
...the opening game of...
...Heidenheim vs. Mannheim...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The decision then fell in the eleventh inning. In that at bat, Mannheim took an 8-5 lead via homeruns by Andrija Tomic and Juan Martin. However, in the bottom of the eleventh, Heidenheim came alongside when Shawn Larry (who was 4-for-6) hit a 3-run homerun. Moments later, the team won on a walk-off single by Yannic Walther.

Mike Bolsenbroek started the opener for Heidenheim and threw 6 2/3 inning. The righthander struckout eight batters, walked two and gave up up seven basehits, but also the five Mannheim-runs. With a 2-0 lead in the fourth, Bolsenbroek walked Augustin Tissera Grafeuille, then gave up a 2-run homerun to Marvin Kulinna that made it a 2-2 score. Heidenheim scored twice in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Yannic Walther and a sacrifice bunt by Konstantin Holl. But in the top of the seventh, Mannheim scored three runs on a 2-run single by Andrija Tomic and a single by Merlin Bendlin. After this last basehit, veteran righthander Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez relieved Bolsenbroek.

In the second game, Mannheim collected 17 basehits, including six by Andrija Tomic, one of them a homerun. Heidenheim (which collected 14 basehits) trailed 2-0 and 4-3, but then rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. But the 8-4 lead was not enough. Mannheim scored twice in the eighth and added three runs in the ninth to take a 9-8 lead. Heidenheim came alongside in the bottom of the ninth on a basesloaded single by Simon Gühring. But three runners were left behind and so, this game also went into extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Mannheim left two runners behind off of reliever Lou Helmig, who struckout three batters in this inning. In the bottom of the tenth, reliever Juan Martin got two quick outs, but then gave up a walk-off homerun to Shawn Larry, who this time was 3-for-5. Larry plays for Heidenheim since 2008.

Playing at home, Guggenberger Legionäre shutout München-Haar Disciples 10-0 in a 7-inning game on Friday-evening. The team collected twelve basehits, including a 2-run homerun by Eric Harms.

Christian Pedrol dominated on the mound, struckout twelve batters and gave up only one basehit in the six innings he pitched. James Larsen threw the seventh inning and gave up one more basehit.

With a 7-0 lead, the home-team reached the 10-run difference in the bottom of the seventh on a double by Harms, a grounder by Paul Wittmann and a single by Jonathan Heimler.

The next day, the team from Regensburg lost 5-4 in an away-game in Haar. Trailing 4-1, Legionäre came alongside in the top of the seventh, thanks to singles by Alexander Schmidt and Lukas Jahn. Disciples then re-took the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Patrice, Enzo Muschik and Simon Lechner (bunt) all singled to load the bases. Muschik was then forced out on third base on a grounder by Klaus Nicolici, but that enabled Patrice to score. In the bottom of the ninth, Regensburg left a runner behind on second base.

...Max Boldt batted in five runs...
...for Mainz in Game 2...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The first game between Stuttgart Reds and Mainz Athletics on Saturday remained scoreless in the first five innings. Mainz then scored twice in the sixth and added a run in the seventh to hand Stuttgart its first loss, 3-1. Winning pitcher Tim Stahlmann went the distance and gave up only three basehits. Billy Germaine accounted for the lone Stuttgart-run when he homered in the sixth inning.

In the second game, Stuttgart took an early lead, scoring four runs in the second inning and adding three more in the fourth. Trailing 7-2, Mainz came back from the sixth inning on and trailed only 8-6 after seven at bats. Stuttgart then added two insurance runs in the eighth, which were necessary, as Mainz also scored twice in the ninth when Max Boldt (five RBI's) hit a 2-run homerun. With that Stuttgart won, 10-8.

The opening game of Tübingen Hawks against IT sure Falcons Ulm had a lot of runs and basehits. Tübingen collected 16 basehits and Falcons 13 in the 16-15 win of the visiting Hawks. Efthimios Flüge and Lukas Antoniuk both homered twice for Falcons, Thomas Geiger once.

Trailing 6-0, Falcons rallied for seven runs in the second inning. Hawks then scored five in the fourth, but the home-team answered with four. That made it a 14-11 lead for Falcons after four at bats. Tübingen trailed 15-12 after seven innings, but then came alongside in the eighth and scored the deciding run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Amando Dossow.

In the second game, Tübingen rallied for five runs in the third and led comfortably with a 9-1 score after four innings. Falcons then came back, scored once and had a 5-run rally in the seventh. With a 9-7 lead, Tübingen added three more runs in the top of the ninth. Falcons then scored two of its own in the bottom of the ninth, but was left empty-handed for the second time, losing 12-9.

In the second game, Tübingen collected 15 basehits, including four by Hannes Stolz, who also homered. Efthimios Flüge was 4-for-5 for Falcons with a homerun.

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