Season overview: Switzerland
After an indeed intense summer of softball, the playoffs started right on time first weekend of September. The semifinals were played between Lucerne Eagles and Zurich Barracudas as well as Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers, both series best-of-three. While the Flyers advanced to the final in 2 games, the Eagles had to go over full distance to get to the final Series. Just like in the past years, the final best-of-five series were played between Therwil and the Lucerne. Unlike in the past, it took only 3 tight games to determine the winner. Lucerne Eagles became the 2015 Swiss champions!
While played mostly for entertainment, the slowpitch league is definitely growing. For 2015, two more squads participated in the seven tournaments to increase the total number to 9 teams. The competition produced 4 day winners with the Orcas Zurich claiming 4 titles. 92 games were played, out of which 21 were decided by 2 runs or less. Although the skill difference in the league is still immense, especially the newer teams made a lot of progress to narrow the gap for future events in the country. Some teams from the league sought to increase their game total and gain more experience with tournaments abroad. The Orcas Zurich participated in various international tournaments, the highlight of which being the World Series in London. The Toros Berne participated in ESSF league with 5 tournaments all over Europe. Hopefully, this progress will be another positive boost for all of the players and staff in the upcoming season 2016 !!
-Monique Schmitt (edited)-