KMC little leaguers off to undefeated regional start

The Kaiserslautern Military Community Little League baseball team knows the way to Williamsport. Early returns suggest it’s a path the young stars are ready to walk again in 2013.

The KMC squad, ages 11-12, won its first two pool-play games in the European regional tournament this weekend in Kutno, Poland, an encouraging start to the grueling eight-day bracket that will send the champion to the Little League World Series next month in Williamsport, Pa.

The KMC team beat the Netherlands 7-2 on Saturday and blanked Serbia 19-0 on Sunday.

Tyler Woodberry hit three home runs to pace Saturday’s impressive win over the Netherlands, a perennial contender to reach the LLWS. Logan Bibb starred in Sunday’s rout, launching two home runs and combining with teammates Trevor Woelkers, Hunter Stackhouse and Brendan LePage on a 1-hit, 9-strikeout shutout on the mound.

Pool play continues through Wednesday, with the KMC facing teams from Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Belarus; the latter two teams are off to identical 2-0 starts in the tournament. The four top teams from each of the tournament’s two pools will enter Thursday’s elimination round, leading up to Saturday’s regional championship game to determine Europe’s representative in Williamsport.

The KMC team has won the European regional tournament in three of the past four summers, including 2012.

Two American softball squads, meanwhile, saw their postseason runs end over the weekend at Caronno Pertusella, Italy. The KMC entry in the Little League softball regional tournament bowed with a solid 2-2 record, while Bavaria Military Community finished fourth in the Junior League regional tournament.

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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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