Tonight the first matchup between the two German participants in the Euro League Baseball was played.
In Regensburg, the Legionäre hosted the Munich-Haar Disciples in almost arctic temperatures. In the game the hitters on both sides were very agressive, resulting in more than thirty hits in total. The score went back and forth and because of that the game was rather attractive for the neutral fan even though the quality of the pitching was not something to write home about.
Mike Bolsenbroek started for Regensburg and got two quick outs in the first inning but then gave up two solo homeruns, one to Christoph Ziegler and one to Josh Petersen.
Markus Dierolf did not far much better. Lukas Jahn hit a high pop up that fell between the third baseman, the shortstop and the left fielder for a hit, followed by a double into the gap by Matt Vance to put runners in scoring position. Ludwig Glaser hit into a double play as his fly ball was barely caught by the center fielder who immediately threw to third base where Vance was tagged out for the second out. Lukas Jahn scored the first run for Regensburg on the play.
Christoph Zirzlmeier led off the second inning for Regensburg with a solo blast to left center field as it hit the scoreboard, followed by a walk drawn by Bong Kyu Kang. But Janus Muschlik hit into a 6-4-3 double play for two quick outs for Dierolf before the latter gave up a single to Elias von Garssen and a walk to David Dinski. But eventually Dierolf got out of the inning without any further damage.
Dierolf started the top of the third with hitting Matt Vance, who advanced to second on Mike Ehmcke’s 6-4 ground out which signalled the second out after the fly out hit by Ludwig Glaser. Christoph Zirzlmeier drew a four pitch walk to put runners on first and second. Bung Kyu Kang’s bloop single to centerfield drove in Matt Vance from second base for the go ahead run for Regensburg.
In the top of the fourth Mike Bolsenbroek was pulled, just to make sure to have enough rest for his next Bundesliga start. He was replaced by Jonathan Eisenhuth, who retired Ruben Manriquez for the first out but then gave up a single to Jose Palacios, who then stole second to get into scoring position. But Eisenhuth got out of the inning without problems.
Elias von Garssen slammed the ball into left field for a double; the ball was almost caught by left fielder Simon Lechner but he just came short so Von Garssen could advance to second base. David Dinksi’s fly out to right field moved Von Garssen to third base. Matt Vance then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give Regensburg a 4-2 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, Richard Klijn hit a single to left field, followed by a towering hit to left field, hit by William Thorp, to put runners in scoring position. Some sloppy base running by Richard Klijn cost the Disciples the tying run as he ran home while Christoph Ziegler hit to first base and first baseman Kang threw towards home plate where Klijn was thrown out. But eventually the Disciples tied the game on Mitch Stephan’s double when Christoph Ziegler and Josh Petersen scored. Stephan was tagged out as he tried to stretch his double into a triple.
In the bottom of the sixth, Christoph Ziegler made a spectacular play as he stretched out to field an infield hit by Lukas Jahn. Dinski thought that the ball would get passed the shortstop and moved on to third. Ziegler threw towards third and third baseman Marniquez threw out Dinski at second base. After Jahn stole second base, Matt Vance hit towards second baseman Richard Klijn, who bobbled the ball before making the final out on a questionable call as first baseman Mitch Stephan appeared to let go first base as he caught Klijn’s throw.
With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Mitch Stephan came through as he hit a screaming line drive to the right field wall, but because the runners had to wait before the ball hit the wall, Stephan’s hit drove in only one run.
When Jose Palacio drew a walk, Christoph Ziegler scored another run for Munich-Haar with only one out. Eventually the Disciples scored another run when Simon Lechner was hit by Bradley Merrit with the bases loaded. At that point, Regensburg manager Ivan Rodriguez had seen enough and pulled Merrit and replaced him with Jan Tomek, who got out of the inning without further damage.
A five run seventh gave Regensburg the lead again when the team hit four singles and two doubles.
But Munich-Haar refused to give up as Thorp and Ziegler hit back to back doubles to get within a run of the Legionäre in the top of the eighth.
But in the bottom of the eighth, Ludwig Glaser drilled the ball into right center field for a stand up double, followed by a ball hit by Mike Ehmcke towards Richard Klijn, who committed a fielding error to put runners on the corners. In the mean time Polixa was replaced by Gregory Hendrix, who had trouble in finding the strike zone. And when he did the pitches were rather fat. He gave up a two run single to Christoph Zirzlmeier, who drove in Ehmcke and Glaser for the 11-8 lead for Regensburg. Eventually Hndrix got out of the inning for the Disciples but by then the Legionäre had scored two more runs to make it 13-8.
Jan Tomek retired the side in the ninth for the win. He pitched 2.1 innings and allowed one run on one hit and struck out three.
Moritz Polixa took the loss after 0.2 innings in which he gave up two runs on three hits.
On both sides there were hitters who went 4 for 5. On the side of Munich-Haar William Thorp collected four hits in five at bats and scored three times. Regensburg’s Elias von Garssen also went 4 for 5 with two runs scored.