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.