On 23 – 24 October, the Sindelfingen Squirrels went international. Invited to the first annual October Fast Tournament, 12 players and 2 coaches took the long trip for a weekend of baseball in Budapest Hungary.
Besides the Squirrels, the other teams were -
Hungarian Astros (Host) – The Astros are one of the oldest teams in Hungary, founded in the early Nineties and have a baseball and softball team. They are currently in the Hungarian second league, taking fourth place in 2018.
Erd Expendables – The Expendables is one of the largest baseball clubs in Hungary, having teams in every possible league. They won both the first and second league championship this year. The team at the tournament was the second team, sprinkled with a few first team players.
Saturday was played as a round robin tournament –
Game 1 saw the Expendables convincingly beating the Astros.
Game 2 – Erd 12 - 4 Sindelfingen – Behind RBI base hits from Dennis Hudson and Jonas Summ, Sindelfingen was able to take a quick lead 3-0 lead after the first inning. After extending the lead to 4-0 in the second, the Expendables were forced to bring in their first team US import pitcher. Erd answered in the second with 2 runs. The defense the Squirrels fell apart in inning 3, allowing Erd 8 more runs and putting the game out of reach.
Dennis Hudson – 2-2
Game 3 – Squirrels 11 – 3 Astros – pitcher Andres Janoshi was given the ball to face his old team, and didn’t disappoint. After allowing 3 runs on 3 hits in the first inning, he allowed only 1 hit and struck 5 out over the rest of the game. The Squirrels kept pace, also scoring 3 runs in the first, with 2 more in the third. Behind a double from Myron Richards and triple from Justis Kuhn, Sindelfingen exploded for 6 runs in the fourth inning, putting the game out of reach.
Myron Richards – 2-4, 2 x 2B
Justis Kuhn – 1-2, 3B
Dennis Hudson – 2-3, 4 RBI’s
Detlef Schuster – 2-3
For Sunday, the 2nd and 3rd place team played, with the winner facing the Expendables in the finals.
Game 4 – Astros – 10 – 19 Squirrels – this was the start of the Justis Kuhn day. Placed on the mound for the first time in over 10 years, Justis didn’t disappoint, going 3 innings before giving way to Andres. On Saturday, Justis had 6 plate appearances, going 1-3 with a triple and 3 hit by pitches. He didn’t wait long, going yard in his first at bat. He finished the game 3-4, with 2 HR’s and 7 RBI’s, almost single handedly defeating the Astros.
Justis Kuhn – 3-4, 2B, 2 x HR, 7 RBI’s
Dennis Hudson – 4-5, 2x2B, 2 RBI’s
Andres Janoshi – 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI’s
Championship Game – Erd – 17 – 7 Sindelfingen – almost a mirror image of the first game, the Squirrels were able to score 2 runs in the first, again forcing Erd to bring their top pitcher. This time, Erd bounced back with 6 runs and 3 more in the second. The Justis show continued in this game. After a Hit by Pitch in the first, he hit a double and was able to score in his next at bat. Erd answered with 1 run in the third, 2 in the fourth and 3 more runs in the fifth. In the top of the sixth inning, Justis hit a 3 run shot for his third home run of the day, but it was not enough. The Expendables scored 2 more runs in the bottom of the inning to end the game in the 10 run rule.
Myron Richards – 2-3
Justus Kuhn – 2-3, 2B, HR
Max Stehle – 2-3
At the awards ceremony, Justus was crowned as Best Batter, going 6-10, with a double, triple and 3 home runs, along with 10 RBI’s, Andres Janoshi was crowned as best pitcher for the tournament.
Squirrels coaches Hansi and Ken agreed, it could not have been a better experience for the young team. A complete weekend of baseball and an awesome team building experience. We are excited to invite the Astros to Sindelfingen for a bit of 2019 spring training and are hoping to visit Budapest for the 2nd Octoberfast Baseball Tournament next fall.
Photos of the tournament are available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qTw9Yt0rS3GGU43Mt3g6FmL8QQbyn9vo