All The Stars Came Out
Over the weekend nearly 700 fans were in attendance as Munich hosted their first German Bundesliga All Star Game. The Bundesliga All Stars faced off against the German national team. In a surprisingly lopsided matchup, the national team claimed a decisive 11-1 victory over the All Stars.
Germany scored 6 in the first 7 innings before Hamburg Steeler Dave Carles replied with a solo dinger off Clayton Freimuth in the 8th. That was the only offensive score for the All Stars throughout the game.
There were three fan-selected All Star team players, Orlando De Muro of the Mannheim Tornados, Till Schade of the Paderborn Untouchables and Adrian Stommel of the Bonn Capitals. All three men were substituted into the game in later innings.
Heidenheim’s Philip Schulz, who played with the national team, won the game’s MVP Award. He had 2 hits, 3 runs and 1 RBI in 3 at bats. On the field he had 2 assists and a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Not surprisingly the leading teams in the Bundesliga heading into the game, the Bonn Capitals (North) and Heidenheim Heideköpfe (South), had the most players between the rosters.
Most appearances by a Bundesliga team in this year’s game goes to the Bonn Capitals who had 5 players on the German National Team – Eric Brenk, Max Schmitz, Sascha Koch, Christopher Göbel and Maurice Wilhelm - and 2 on the All Stars bench - Adrian Stommel and Wilson Lee. All 7 players made appearances. Heidenheim Heideköpfe had the next most with 5 between the rosters.
The capitals played prominent parts both offensively and defensively for the national team. Brenk and Göbel lead with their bats combining for 5 hits, 2 runs and 3 RBIs over 9 at bats. While Koch and Schmitz combined for 6 Ks and 2 hits without giving up a walk or a run over 3.0 innings of work.
Schmitz struck out the only three batters he faced on the day but the national team’s bullpen combined for 13 strikeouts throughout the day while walking just 3. The only hit given up was Nate Thomas’ solo homerun off Clayton Freimuth.
Before the game, there was a home run derby. Gary Owens (Heidenheim Heideköpfe), was invited to the festivities specifically to participate in the derby. His competition included teammate Shawn Larry, Caleb Fenimore (Dohren Wildfarmers), Max Boldt (Mainz Athletics), Ryan Bollinger (Munich Haar Disciples) and Stefan Huber (Bookbinder Legionäre Regensburg).
Bollinger, Owens and Larry took the top three spots in the preliminary heat to qualified for the final. It was the home crowd favorite Ryan Bollinger, with 15 for yard, that took home the title.