D-I teams too much for smaller foes
A lopsided weekend of DODDS-Europe softball saw three Division I teams record six wins – five of them double-digit blowouts - over Division II opposition.
Kaiserslautern 19/25, Baumholder 2/0: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the Raiders opened their season by teeing off on the overmatched Bucs.
Megann Schultz scored six runs, Nina Knight scored five and drove in six and Tori Liggins scored five and drove in four to headline the Kaiserslautern offense.
Ramstein 16/17, Bitburg 0/1: Saturday at Bitburg, the defending champion Royals routed the Barons in back-to-back games.
Katherine Enyeart and Bailey Loomis registered pitching wins for Ramstein. Brooke Strasburger went 4-for-4 in her return from an early-season injury, adding more firepower to the already-potent Royal lineup.
Lakenheath 21/25, AFNORTH 20/9: Friday at Lakenheath, the Lancers survived a scare from the visiting Lions in the first half of a doubleheader.
Meghan Bibb went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Shannon Cox went 2-for-2 and scored twice as the Lancers escaped with a one-run win over the Lions.
Rachel Pagio went 2-for-2 with four runs scored to lead the upset-minded Lions.
Bibb and Cox did more damage in the late game, with each knocking three hits.
Cox scored three times in the nightcap and kept the Lions at bay from the mound, earning a three-inning pitching win.
Alconbury 18/22, AFNORTH 3/20: Saturday at Alconbury, the Dragons emphatically announced their Division II arrival with a sweep of one of the division's incumbent powerhouses.
Alconbury won last year's Division III European title before being bumped up to the higher level. Saturday's effort proved the Dragons will remain a force.
Emily Luong, a key member of that 2013 championship squad, hit a grand slam and made the final out of the nail-biting second game.