Hohenfels can't handle Patch pitching
By MICHAEL S. DARNELL | STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 3, 2014
HOHENFELS, Germany – Patch steamrolled the Hohenfels Tigers in a baseball doubleheader Saturday, one week before the Panthers host Ramstein in a key Division I matchup.
The Panthers took care of business at Hohenfels, finishing off the Tigers 25-1 in the first matchup, and cleaning up the sweep in the second game 10-0. Patch’s Parker Boyle threw a no-hitter in the second game, and Jay Deal chalked up his first win of the season in the first.
Deal kicked off the Patch pitching clinic. It started off a bit rocky, with Deal hitting a batter early, but a quick pep talk from pitching coach Richard Waters brought him back on track.
“I was a little rattled,” Deal said. “But after Coach Waters talked to me, I settled down, found my rhythm and did my job.”
That “job” is being part of a stable of pitchers that Waters says may be the deepest in all of Europe.
“It’s my plan that we going into the DODDS finals with as many arms as possible,” he said. “Right now, we can go seven deep. Not too many teams can say that.”
Boyle retired eight batters, and even managed to play a little offense, walloping 2 RBIs, including a triple to left field that came close to an inside-the-park homer.
“It doesn’t hurt to have a pitcher who can bat,” Waters said. “It doesn’t hurt at all.”
The Tigers fall to 2-4 on the season, but their spirits remain high as they look toward finishing the season out strong. Coach Richard Weinzetl spoke highly of his team and pointed to last week’s late-game rally against Wiesbaden as proof that anything is possible.
“We came back against those guys,” he said. “We didn’t win, but we fought back, we can fight back against anybody.”
With the two wins, the Panthers improve to 7-1 and have started looking forward to their matchup against the Royals next Saturday. While these two teams are familiar post-season rivals, this marks the first time they’ve met in regular season action since the creation of the DODDS system.
“We’ve got a couple of things to work on,” shortstop Blake Peterson said. “We’ve been running well, pitching well, but with their faster pitching we’ve got to adjust. We just have to go out there and put bat on ball, and we’ll be fine.”