The Vienna Wanderers topped the Crazy Chicklets to win the 2021 Austrian National Softball League, the Bundesliga. The Vienna Metrostars conquered the bronze medal after defeating the Witches Linz.
In the best-of-three championship series, the Vienna Wanderers took the lead winning game 1 (2-9) against the Crazy Chicklets by mercy rule. In the second game of the series, the Viennese team secured the required W to become the 2021 Austrian Champion.
After one scoreless inning, the Vienna Wanderers scored four times in the second inning: Olivia Bettstein, Julia Diem, Léa Karner, and Matilda Gantner scored thanks to three hits. In the fifth inning, Caroline Meriaux and the pitcher Racqual Espinoza got two consecutive hits. A double by Olivia Bettstein pushed them home to take the result to 6-0.
At the top of the seventh, the Crazy Chicklets managed to score once: Kailyn Campbell reached on a hit and scored on a double by Emma Hanika. Two ground-outs closed up the game to give the Vienna Wanderers the 2021 Bundesliga Title.
Bronze Medal series
The Vienna Metrostars faced the Witches Linz in the best-of-three series for the bronze medal. In a very balanced game, the Vienna Metrostars won game 1 (3-4) and took the lead in the series. The Witches Linz dominated the second game with a W by mercy rule (9-3). In the decisive game, both teams battled until the last out. The Vienna Metrostars ended up winning the bronze medal (11-10).
Cover photo by Grega Valancic