Two games in two words: drama versus structure
Well strengthened and with a good portion of motivation, the Senators arrived in Ratingen. The plan was to put the goals of the training into practice and to appear as a strong team.
The starting pitcher for the senators (N. Kolter) did his job well and showed with his control how big the strike zone can be when you hit the corners. However, against him there was also a confident thrower from the Goose-Necks on the hill, who was able to convince with his speed and variability. Both fought a duel at eye level, were able to adapt to an admittedly small strike zone and left little to beat for the respective team. However, what was hit to the field was not always perfectly fielded and runs were scored on both sides.
However, the game remained very close and neither team was able to extend a large lead. With increasing pitching changes, hits and errors, the Senators were able to build up a 4-run lead by the end of the 6th inning. The game now seemed to be slowly but surely going in the right direction….
After another pitcher change from Düsseldorf, however, the game began to tip over. The strike zone seemed impossible to hit and so walks, hit by pitches and balls into the field led to a lead for the Goose-Necks.
Although they managed to catch up in the last inning, the game had to be counted as lost in the home team’s second round.
Small appendix of the coaches staff: “Our plan for this game got a bit messed up after our relief pitcher was sent off by an ejection in the 3rd inning. The further course of the game was unplanned and the team was able to catch this again despite this action and deliver a nice game. Very well done!”
After a short break and a delicious snack at the Catering booth, one could continue. The Senators, although a bit disappointed by the lost game, started motivated and were even able to turn their frustration into drive.
In short: Everything that didn’t work could be done better in the second game. The bats flew and Finn Jakoby was able to achieve a complete game with countless strike outs thanks to an incredible performance as a pitcher. Wow!
In fact, there is nothing to report about the second game from Düsseldorf’s point of view.