NLA fall back to .500 after two losses to the Challengers 10-12 and 0-327.06.2010
The visiting Cardinals turned to Swiss staff ace Tobias Imboden on the hill, while Tobias Siegrist took it for the Challengers. Imboden came into the game working on three straight shutouts, but a bid for a fourth would come to a quick end as the C's took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. The Cards had an answer in the third, scoring seven times with two outs, thanks to seven hits to take a 7-2 lead. The powerful Challenger offense would not be contained on this day however, as they answered just as quick, but this time with eight runs in the bottom half of the third inning. Both teams had a hard time fielding the ball, leaving the pitchers at the mercy of two great hitting teams. All in all, nine errors were made. The Cards would get one back in the fourth, leaving the score at 10-8 going into the fifth inning. Unfortunately for the boys from Bern, this would all the closest they would get, as two more Challenger runs in the sixth turned out to be more than enough. Two more Cardinal runs in the eighth, pushed the score to 12-10... Brian Hipps, the playing coach for the Challengers became the first person to leave the yard at the new Heerenschurli, parking a two run homer in the eight run third inning. Johnny Perigo was 2-5 with a triple, and Tinu Gygax had a nice 3-4 game for the Cards. Game two was the James Sanders show, as the ace of the C's staff shutout the Cards, striking out five in his complete game win. John Baum pitched well, but took the loss scattering eight hits over the complete game, but surrendering two of those hits with runners in scoring position, and in the process losing the game 3-0 to the Zurich Challengers. The Cards had few scoring chances, and took care of none, getting only five hits in the game. The two wins leapfrog the C's into 3rd place, and pushes the Cards down to fourth in the standings. The Cardinals next games are Sunday at home, on the Allmend against the Sissach Frogs, 11:00 and 14:00 start times. Come support the team as they hope to move once again back over .500, and up the standings before the seasons end.