Mannheim Tornados – Haar Disciples 7-1 Box score
The Tornados are inching closer towards the second-ranked Heidekoepfe in the southern division standings of the Baseball-Bundesliga. On Saturday they swept the Disciples for their wins 13 and 14 for the season. In game one Rene Franke (W 6-1) pitched another complete game to lead Mannheim to a 7-1 victory. He gave up just one run on six hits and four bb, while striking out six.
The Tornados scored four runs in the third to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Sascha Lutz was up in front providing run support with three hits and three RBI. Fred Kraft and Dominik Hoepfner scored two runs each. Tavo Hall scored the lone run for Haar on a passed ball in the top of the third. Dirk Fries (L 1-3) surrendered seven hits, six runs and a walk in three-plus innings. Philipp Dresel replaced and did a good job silencing the bats of the 2008 vice champion in relief. But it was too late.
Mannheim Tornados – Haar Disciples 6-3 Box score
In the second match Haar had the better start and smelled surprise, when leading off the game with runs on RBIs by Michael Stephan and Ty Eriksen. The Tornados rallied for three runs in the third. Dominik Hoepfner and Chris Falls tied the contest with RBI singles. Rene Franke put them up with a RBI single on his own, plating Sascha Lutz from second base. One frame later Mannheim added two more runs on RBI singles by Franke and Marvin Appiah. Appiah extended the lead even further with a solo homerun in the eighth. The Disciples brought also another run on the board, when Gregor Klinc scored on a wild pitch in the ninth.
Philipp Hoehlein (MAT) got the start for Mannheim, allowing two hits, two runs and two bb in four innings. Michael Otto (W 1-1) replaced him and picked up the win in relief, his first of the season. Ted Gieschen (L 2-4) was responsible for eight hits, five runs (3 ER) and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Dirk Fries closed out, making a second appearance for Haar on the mound this day.
The Disciples dropped back to seventh in the league with a 5-13 record. However they still trail fourth place in the standings by just one game.