The 2021 Austrian softball season opened with the Vienna Derby between the Vienna Wanderers and the Vienna Metrostars - formerly M-Stars.
The Metrostars took the first game, while the Wanderers won game 2, for a tie on the opening day of the Austrian Bundesliga.
In game 1, Vienna Metrostars took the lead, scoring once in the second inning, thanks to a triple by Lena Dorffner that scored on a wild pitch. 3 hits and 2 runs by the Vienna Wanderers reversed the situation in the fourth inning. Vienna Wanderers' lead did not last long: on the top of the fifth, Vienna Metrostars scored 8 runs, winning the game by mercy rule 9-2.
Game 2 saw the Vienna Wanderers scoring 4 runs in the first inning thanks to 2 hits by Denise Orlovits-Zaidan and Caroline Meriaux and a fielding error. Vienna Metrostars tried to react with 1 run scored on the third and another one in the fifth but left 9 runners on the bases. The Vienna Wanderers took the W in game 2, ending the game 2-4.
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The next scheduled games for the Austrian Bundesliga are on May 2, when the Vienna Wanderers will face the 2020 Austrian Champions Linz Witches.
Find the complete program of the Bundesliga here.
/ Elda Ghilardi
Cover photo by Dirk Steffen