This game was much more dramatic than the end result shows. Although the Mallards lost by 12:21 against the Garching Atomics 3, it was probably the most exciting game of the season. The guests arrived in Erding without some of their key players while coach Phill Handy had a full dugout. Starting pitcher Sven Bornhagen quickly scored his first strikeout and had a stable start. In the second inning the guests scored a full 9 runs, mainly caused by 4 subsequent hits that the defence could not control. At two outs Casey Langford, back from the disabled list after a few weeks, quickly disposed of the 15th batter of the inning. Jürgen Schulz took over in the third and had full control over the game.
The hours spent in the batting cage are starting to pay off. The batting quality was better than earlier in the season – the Mallards only struck out three times and landed 11 hits. The longest ones were launched by Sven Bornhagen and Casey Langford, who’s triple landed shy of the outfield fence. Gerald Vogel, Jörg Baumgärtner and Phill Handy had two hits each.
Center fielder Patrick Völkl did the out of the game with a nice throw over 70 meters home from the middle of the outfield, where catcher Sven Bornhagen tagged the incoming runner.
Coach Phill Handy:
The nine runs by Garching in the second inning cost us the win. Too bad we didn’t get the third out sooner in the fifth, we might still have had a chance to come back.
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