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.