American softball squads struggle in regional openers

Two American youth softball teams are off to discouraging starts in their respective regional tournaments at Caronno Pertusella, Italy.

The Kaiserslautern Military Community entry in the five-team Little League bracket, ages 11-12, suffered a 29-6 loss to Emilia, Italy, on Wednesday morning. The tournament runs through Saturday, with the champion advancing to the Little League Softball World Series next month in Portland, Oregon.

At the Junior League softball level, ages 13-15, Bavaria Military Community was handed a 20-3 opening-day loss to Lombardia, Italy. The four-team bracket will send the winner of its Saturday championship game to Kirkland, Washington, next month for the Junior League Softball World Series.

The KMC Little League baseball team, meanwhile, will open regional play Saturday in Kutno, Poland. The team is contending for a return trip to Williamsport, Pa., to participate in the famed Little League World Series.

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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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