Ansbach takes two from Schweinfurt
Stars and Stripes
The Ansbach Cougars had their rally-caps working overtime Saturday in a 16-3, 12-11 sweep of their hosts, the Schweinfurt Razorbacks.
T.J. Propp didn’t need the inside-out headgear in Game 1, pitching a complete-game, five-inning victory. Propp allowed just two hits and struck out nine in the game called by the two-hour time limit.
Game 2 was a different story. Ansbach trailed 11-1 after three innings, but Jake Voorhees came in to quiet the Razorbacks, and the Cougars rode a 10-run fourth to tie the game before pushing across the eventual winning run in the fifth.
The epic comeback allowed Ansbach to improve to 4-2.
Schweinfurt, which built its big lead on the strength of three RBIs off the bat of Summit Sivels and three hits from Storm Speakman, fell to 2-6 overall and 0-6 in the East Region.
In other baseball of note on resumption weekend:
Kaiserslautern 7, Alconbury 0: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, Chris Collums one-hit the Dragons in the only game the rain permitted. Collums faned seven to lift K-town to a 4-3 overall and Western Region mark.
Alconbury fell to 0-5.
Aviano 18-15, Sigonella 5-4: Friday at Aviano, the Saints’ pitchers were in command all the way. Starter Myron McRae, who pitched the first three innings, and Ryan Perron, who finished up, combined to no-hit the Jaguars in the opener. In Game 2, Jerrod Marling one-hit Sigonella in his three innings of work.
Perron, Corey Webb and Ian Fritsche each went two-for-three in the opener; in the nightcap, Marling was two-for-three at the plate and Nik Weiser two-for-two. Sigonella fell to 0-6.
Saturday, however, Aviano fell 13-7 and 12-11 to visiting Naples. The Saints are 5-3.
Lakenheath 2-7, AFNORTH 0-0: Saturday at Lakenheath, Taylor Portman and Kyle Capogna pitched the shutouts that were the Lancers’ first victories of the season. They’ll take a 2-4 record into Saturday’s doubleheader against visiting Rota.
AFNORTH fell to 2-2. The Lions are to host Ramstein on Saturday.
Patch 13-13, Wiesbaden 7-4: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the two-time defending Division I champions pulled away late in Game 1 and early in Game 2, according to Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell.
Leading just 8-6 in Game 1, the Panthers posted a five-run sixth fueled by Ruben Rodriguez’s bases-loaded double that made a winner of starter C.J. Kellogg. Kellogg struck out seven before giving way to closer Andrew Buxkemper, who picked up the save.
Ryan Tannebaum and Ross Wilson each stroked two hits for Patch in the opener; Dan Aslakson was three-for-four in support of losing pitcher Justin Gershen, who struck out nine Panthers but walked eight.
In Game 2, Patch (6-0 overall and in the Eastern Region) rode an eight-run second, aided by six walks and four hits, to a 10-0 lead.
Austin Lemay picked up the win, striking out nine and pitching a no-hitter for the first three innings before giving up a single to K.C. Kerker and a double to Gershen in the fourth. Lemay was backed by three hits from Tannenbaum and two hits each from Kellogg and 2011 Stars and Stripes baseball player of the year Dylan Measells.
Gary Miskovsky took the loss for Wiesbaden, 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the Eastern Region.
Next up for Patch is a Saturday home doubleheader against Schweinfurt; Wiesbaden is to travel that same day to Ansbach.