Heidenheim Heidekoepfe win German Baseball Championship 2023
17/09/2023 1 Minute Read

Heidenheim Heidekoepfe win German Baseball Championship 2023

The Heidenheim Heidekoepfe captured their seventh German Baseball Championship in team history by defeating the Untouchables Paderborn 3-1 in the best-of-five final series. In the decisive game fourth of the series Heidenheim beat Paderborn 3-1 behind 13 strikeouts and a complete game of finals MVP Jared Mortensen.

Heidenheim now has won German baseball titles in 2009, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2023. They now moved into sole possession of second place in the all-time ranking behind record title holder Mannheim Tornados (11).

It was a thrilling final series. Heidenheim won game one 17-8. Then Paderborn tied the series with a 7-2 win in game two. In game three the Heidekoepfe overcame a late 0-4 deficit to beat the Untouchables 7-4. In the decisive fourth game of the series Daniel Vavrusa had two RBI, while Shawn Larry scored twice to produce enough run support for Mortensen’s gem.

The Heidekoepfe, which first in the south after the regular season, reached the finals after defeating the Dohren Wild Farmers and Guggenberger Legionaere Regensburg in the quarter and semi-finals. Paderborn, which was the number-three seed in the north behind northern champion Bonn Capitals, beat the Mainz Athletics and defending champion Bonn on their way to a return trip to the finals, where they now have lost two years in a row.

For the Untouchables the season is not yet over. As runner up they will host the Guggenberger Legionaere in the finals of the German Baseball Cup on October 7 and 8, a league-cup style tournament, which will determine the second participant for next year’s European Champions Cup from Germany besides newly crowned champion Heidenheim.

Photo by Thomas Schoenenborn