In the second game of the season, the youngest Mallards went to Freising for their first “away” game against the Grizzlies.
The young Mallards were looking forward to the match, despite the icy cold and snowy conditions. In both games, the teams won and lost the lead repeatedly. This time, it was Cedric Gürsoy who had the overview from his pitcher’s position. He fielded and threw each ball fielded in his direction, most of the plays went to 1st baseman Sebastian Dornacher, who was a big asset for the team. He convinced with his stable batting, often landing the ball in the outfield and clearing the bases. Jamie Hutton acted as a “vacuum cleaner” around the shortstop position and fielded many balls like a grown-up and produced several outs. He combined this with several well-placed hits beyond the infield and was quick as a weasel when travelling around the bases – just as we know him.
Kilian Rebhan caused the Mallards fans to scream and shout, as the very first hit from the Grizzlies landed straight in his glove. Kilian played well defensively and offensively throughout the games. He alternated on 2nd base with Benedikt Schmid, who played his very first game.
A quote from Benedikt Schmidt:
I was very excited about my first match – but I was also very nervous!
Paul Schwarzenböck and Korbinian Vogel shared Center field and hunted down the balls to get them back to the infield as quickly as possible. Alexander Dornacher and Aron Beregi did the same in Right field, attempting to catch the fly balls hit towards them and throw to 2nd base. Summarizing the batting: “Practice makes perfect”.
Damien Petrinka was the youngest team member, and shared 3rd base with Christoph Schießl. Both already show that baseball is great fun. Moritz Wiggerich and Felix Hadersbeck acted in Left field and did their job well. Young Sebastian Vaupel is already an “old dog” behind the plate, while Simon Stotko made his debut. He will learn a lot, should he chose to continue in that position.
All in all, the two games were farily even, although the Mallards lost the first with 20:24 and the second with 24:26. The season continues next week, with a double-header at home in the Mallards Ballpark against the Deggendorf Dragons.