Patch HS stars help German squad reach Big League World Series
The Germany District 2 Big League baseball team, comprised of players ages 16 to 18 from the Stuttgart-based Deutsche Baseball Academy, is co-managed by tenured European coach Larry Tannenbaum and features current and recent Patch High School standouts Jack Smith, Ruben Rodriguez, Andrew Buxkemper, Garrett Becker and Ryan Tannenbaum on its roster alongside 12 German players from around the country.
The newly-formed squad debuted by winning a competitive three-team regional tournament at Stuttgart, clinching the title Friday with a narrow 6-5 championship-game victory over Netherlands after falling behind 3-0 after one inning.
The team will advance to the Big League World Series set for July 24-31 in Easley, S.C.
Ramstein Air Base, meanwhile, hosted youth softball postseason action over the weekend. Teams from Bavaria Military Community and Kaiserslautern Military Community claimed district championships and earned a berth in their age group’s regional tournament.
The KMC softball team matched the community baseball team’s recent feat by winning the Little League district tournament for ages 11-12. Bavaria, made up of players from Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Ansbach, won the Junior League tournament. Both teams move on to regional play July 10-14 at Bollate and Caronno, Italy; the winners of each regional championship will advance to their age group’s stateside World Series.
Postseason baseball resumes Tuesday, as KMC’s Junior League district championship team vies for regional honors and a World Series berth in a week-long tournament at Kutno, Poland. The KMC Little League team starts its regional run July 13 in Kutno in hopes of securing a return trip to the famed Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.