KMC Little Leaguers clinch regional pool title

Tyler Woodberry drove in seven runs Monday with a pair of home runs, his sixth and seventh of the tournament,  to propel the Kaiserslautern Military Community All-Stars to a 13-8 pool-play victory over Italy at Little League Baseball’s European Regional in Kutno, Poland.

Woodberry, who started the game and struck out four Italians in two innings of work, was staked to a three-run lead in the first when Justin Wilson connected with two runners on base, KMC coach Eric Vincent said by telephone on Monday. Wilson’s homer was his third of the tournament, which began Friday. In total, the KMC 11-12-year-olds have left the yard 12 times in their four victories.

Blogger flunks Little League history

In Saturday's blog entry about the Kaiserslautern Military Community Little League All-Stars' victory over Ukraine, this blogger incorrectly identified future KMC pool-play oppenent Italy as the 2011 European Regional champion.

In reality, it was the Netherlands champions from Rotterdam who played in Williamsport, Pa., last August.   

KMC fends off U.K. for 3rd win at Euro Regional

The Kaiserslautern Military Community All-Stars remained unbeaten in their quest for a berth in next month’s Little League World Series by downing the U.K. 8-4 in a pool-play game Sunday at Little League Baseball’s European Regional tournament at Kutno, Poland.

Tyler Woodberry socked a two-run homer, his fifth round-tripper of the tournament, in the first inning to put the KMC 11-12-year-olds up early, but the game became a diamond version of the arcade game “Whack-a-Mole” thereafter, according to KMC coach Eric Vincent.

KMC Little Leaguers roll to 2nd straight victory

The Kaiserslautern Military Community All-Stars displayed their trademark power hitting and power pitching Saturday in a 13-0 pool-play victory over Ukraine on Day 2 at Little League Baseball’s European Regional Tournament in Kutno, Poland.

Tyler Woodberry clubbed three home runs, and six KMC pitchers held Ukraine to just two hits as the 11-12-year-old champions of Germany posted their second consecutive run-rule shutout in as many games at Little League Baseball's European headquarters.

USFE singles champs crowned 48 hours early

HEIDELBERG, Germany – Just like that, Vicenza’s Kirk Madgic and Ramsteiners Brett Freedman and Alison Spain became the U.S. Forces Europe singles champions Friday.

Madgic defeated Marc Goulet of Kaiserslautern 6-0, 9-7 to win the men’s masters title, Freedman outdistanced Mateo Sanchez of Heidelberg 6-2, 6-0 for the men’s open title, and Spain blitzed Catherine Thompson of Heidelberg 6-0, 6-1 for the women’s open crown.

KMC All-Stars romp in LL Euro Regional opener

The Kaiserslautern Military Community All-Stars opened their bid for a spot in this year’s Little League World Series with a 15-0 victory over Serbia in their opening game Friday at Little League Baseball’s European Regional Tournament at Kutno, Poland.

Tyler Woodberry, Jerry Van Sickle and Jared Mendiola combined to no-hit the Serbs in a game called by the 10-run-rule, KMC coach Eric Vincent reported by telephone on Friday afternoon. The trio allowed just two walks, and no Serbian runner got past first base, Vincent added.

KMC Junior League softballers miss regional final

 The Kaiserslautern Military Community Junior League All-Stars lost their final pool-play game Saturday night, 16-3 to the Czech Republic, to complete their run at Little League Baseball’s Junior League European Softball Regional in the Milan, Italy, area.

 The defeat left the KMC stars with a 2-2 record and out of Sunday’s title game in the four-day, five-team event. Poland (4-0) and the Czech Republic (3-1) advanced to Sunday’s title game, where a berth in next month’s Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Wash., was at stake. No report about that game was available at the regional web-site, www.littleleaguelombardia.org, on Sunday evening.

KMC LL softballers miss out on Series berth

The Kaiserslautern Military Community All-Stars 11-12-year-old softball team dropped their third straight game Friday at the Little League Baseball’s European Little League Softball Regional tournament, 14-8 to Italy-champion Emilia. The loss eliminated KMC from contention for a berth at next month’s Little League Softball World Series at Portland, Ore.

No details about the game were available as late as Saturday morning. The KMC girls were to play the Netherlands  on Saturday afternoon in their final game at the Milan suburb of Bollatte, Italy. Emilia, at 3-0, was to play the Netherlands in Saturday’s late game, then play the Dutch team again in Sunday morning’s title game. That winner advances to the Little League Softball World Series. 

3 former Dragons playing football for Penn State

Longtime DODDS-Europe educator and coach Nancy Peck emailed Friday with a link to a story written by former Alconbury gridder Matthew Stanley about the three players with Alconbury ties now listed on Penn State University’s football roster.

Two-time All-Europe running back, Devin Pryor, a PSU sophomore, and brothers Kyle, a senior linebacker, and Tyler Lucas, a red-shirt freshman quarterback and wide receiver, are the subjects of the story, which you can read at http://isportsweb.com/2012/07/11/penn-state-football-has-european-ties.

KMC junior softballers rebound in Euro Regional

The Kaiserslautern Military Community Junior League Softball All-Stars erased the memory of Thursday morning’s 10-0 opening-game loss to Poland with a 20-4 romp Thursday evening over the Netherlands and a 10-9 verdict over host Italy on Friday morning in Little League Baseball’s four-day European Junior League Softball Regional in northern Italy.

The victories, about which no details were available Friday morning, left the KMC juniors 2-1 in pool play, and victory Saturday morning over the Czech Republic would guarantee KMC a berth in Sunday’s 11:30 a.m. title game in the Milan suburb of Bollate. The regional champion advances to the Junior League Softball World Series next month in Kirkland, Wash.

KMC softball All-Stars get off to slow start

The Kaiserslautern Military Community Little League and Junior League All-Stars, both representing Germany in Little League Baseball’s European Softball Regionals, went 0-3 Thursday in opening-day play in northern Italy.

The Little League All-Stars (11-12-year-olds), vying for a berth in the Little League Softball World Series next month in Portland, Ore., fell 12-7 to Italy champion Emilia in their opener, then dropped an 18-4 verdict later in the day to the Netherlands. The Little Leaguers are scheduled to try to right the ship at 6 p.m. Friday in their second try against the Italy champs. Saturday morning, they’ll take on the Netherlands again.
Sunday, the tourney’s top two are to play for the berth in Portland.

KMC All-Stars bounced from Euro quarterfinals

The less-than-optimal pitching and defense which plagued the Kaiserslautern Military Community All-Stars all last week in Little League Baseball’s European Junior League Regional Tournament in Kutno, Poland, culminated in a tourney-ending 10-1 quarterfinal loss Saturday to unbeaten Italy.

The 13-14-year-old KMC All-Stars surrendered 63 runs in going 2-4 in the 11-team tournament, which sends Monday’s title-game winner – either Italy or the Czech Republic – to Little League’s Junior World Series next month in Taylor, Mich. KMC’s victories came in the team's second and third games in pool play, 16-13 over Belarus and 5-0 over the Netherlands. KMC reached the quarterfinals despite losing its final pool-play game to Germany, 16-6, by tying Belarus in the pool standings at 2-3. The Americans claimed the fourth and final spot in the quarterfinals from their pool by virtue of the head-to-head victory over Belarus.

Next up for KMC-area Little Leaguers are the Little League and Junior League Softball European Regionals to be played Thursday-Sunday near Milan, Italy. Those events, for 11-12- and 13-14-year-old girls, respectively, are to be played concurrently. The European Little League and Junior League champions advance to next month’s Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., and Kirkland, Wash., respectively



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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