The German League playoffs have begun, and four teams wasted no time taking leads in their respective first round series, including defending champion Regensburg.
Regensburg opened with a pair of wins over the HSV Stealers. The Legionaere scored five runs in the first two innings of their opener with the Stealers, and went on to a seven-inning, 11-1 win over HSV. Regensburg needed extra innings to win Game 2, scoring four runs in the top of the tenth for a 7-3 victory. Michael Weigl sliced a two-run single to key the tenth for the champs.
Elsewhere in the German League, the Solingen Alligators won two games over Mainz as Solingen shortstop Chris Beck homered and finished with six RBIs in the opener, then reached base five times, scored four times and drove in three other runs during the second contest. Heidenheim topped Dortmund twice to begin their series, with Dusty Bergman tossing a two-hit shutout in the second game. Manheim took two from Paderborn but the Tornados had to hold off Paderborn in the first game as the Untouchables overcame a 9-2 deficit with seven runs in the top of the ninth. Craig Pycock’s walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth handed Manheim the 10-9 victory.