WELCOME KAILYN!!!19. Februar 2018
First games of the season are always hard to predict - you know how hard your team has worked during offseason but will all the promises given during practice also work on the field? Can your imports be the spark your team needs to get on fire? Or do you just need new jerseys to do that? Just kidding, sometimes it takes all of this and much more...
On April 21st the Chicklets got it all together - taking on the Vienna Wanderers for the home season opener, hoping that their new flaming red jerseys would leave the disappointing end of last season far behind
Front: Natálie Tauchenová, Yvonne Weis, Ina Kaindl, Zoe Filarowski, Mara Benckendorff, Verena Ponweiser, Alex Egger
Back: Angela Reiter, Vicky Unterrainer, Janine Kornfeld, Greta Clauss, Kailyn Campbell, Emma Hanika, Laila Burian, Paula Leinweber, Louise McGarry, Eidy Tortoleros
Game 1 shows a matchup between starting pitchers Verena Ponweiser and Olivia Bettstein. Both pitchers start in the leadoff spot and Olli gets the first hit of the game. Louise McGarry can get the first out of the inning but soon after that bases are loaded with 2 outs. Again it is McGarry who secures the ball with an awesome diving catch to end the inning with no runs. The Chicklets take their turn at the plate and Mara Benckendorff sends a comebacker right back to Olivia Bettstein who can't make a catch but knocks the ball down for a groundout on 2B. An overthrow later and a hit to rightfield by McGarry and the Chicklets get their first runs on the scoreboard.
Starting off the second inning Verena Ponweiser now begins to settle quite well on the mound and the Wanderers' bats stay quiet. If they can make contact, the Chicklets defense is on their toes and retires batter after batter. The Wanderers on their turn also collect 2 quick outs but bases are loaded when Kailyn Campbell steps in the box. The "tower of power" delivers a triple to score 3 runs and gets herself over the plate on a wild pitch.
The third inning sees Verena Ponweiser again cruising pretty quiet through the Wanderers lineup. On the offensive side it's again 2 outs before some action takes place: Last years injury Angela Reiter (welcome back in the game Angela!) is save on 1B and advances to 2B on an overthrow, before Verena Ponweiser knocks a double and with a basehit by Mara Benckendorff the Chicklets collect a couple more runs.
In the fourth it is a short flyball to rightfield that gets the Chicklets dugout cheering: a crash between CF Kailyn Campbell and RF Natalie Tauchenova ends with the ball safely secured in Natalies glove. On the offensive side the Chicklets just need another run to end the ballgame by mercy rule and on this day who else but Louise McGarry could do that.... And she did it in style with a head first dive on homeplate on a wild pitch.
Game 2 is started by Denise Orlovits-Zaidan for the Wanderers and Eidy Tortoleros for the Chicklets. First inning could be called "the Eidy show" as she makes all 3 outs herself. So it doesn't take to long until the Chicklets grab their bats. A groundball by Mara Benckendorff to 3B ends in an overthrow on 2B and next batter Ina Kaindl gets an RBI on a groundball. Kailyn Campbell again delivers a long ball and Ina Kaindl scores on her double.
Inning 2 shows the only Wanderers' hit of the game, als Caro Meriaux lifts a short flyball just over the Chicklets infield. Ina Kaindl shows some good bunt defense and gets herself a double to score Mara Benckendorff.
While the Wanderers can't find a way to hit against Eidy, the Chicklets score run after run and after 4 innings the umpires call "ballgame" again: CHICKLETS 10 - WANDERERS 0
"We know that the Wanderers can do better than they did today - but this is not our business. We played smart defense today and we wanna stick to this. We put a lot of energy in this team and additional coaching power as well. The girls practiced really hard and they are fitter than ever before. Preseason with the tournaments in Rosenheim and Ronchi dei Legionari helped us as well to get a good jump into the season."
First games of the season are always hard to predict – you know how hard your team has worked during offseason but will all the promises given during practice also work on the field? Can your imports be the spark your team needs to get on fire? Or do you just need new jerseys to do that? Just kidding, sometimes it takes all of this and much more…