WIESBADEN, Germany — The Kaiserslautern Raiders’ lineup was more complete this weekend with the return of a few starters who were absent in last week’s games.
By the look of its 10-1 routing of Wiesbaden in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, their return obviously made a big difference.
Kaiserslautern later improved to 10-2 on season with an 8-7 victory in the second game.
Dylan Schindele’s single drove in Elijah Martin in the bottom of the sixth for the game-winner. Kilian Knight had scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
Although rain set in for a good portion of the second game, the Warriors’ bats somehow heated up.
Wiesbaden jumped out to a 3-2 lead after three innings. The teams traded runs, with the Raiders up 6-5 entering the top of the sixth with the time limit approaching.
The Warriors scored two runs as time expired to take a 7-6 lead, thanks partly to a walk and an infield single by Alec Scheurs. Kaiserslautern then rallied in the bottom of the inning to win.
“Our pitching in the second game didn’t start off the best and we brought in Chris Lee to close it up, and he did a good job,” Kaiserslautern coach Chris Grogan said.
“Defensively, the Raiders did very well the second game and made very few errors,” Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell said.
“Game two I thought we hit much better as a team, but a couple of opportunities didn’t go our way. I give them credit. I thought they played well both games.”
In the first game, Raiders sophomore Carlos Muniz pitched for six innings before the Warriors were able to get their first and only run past home plate in the bottom of the seventh inning just after Kaiserslautern scored three runs in the top to take a 10-0 lead.
“[Muniz] was just throwing for strikes,” Grogan said.
“Today was a pretty good day for us — we hit the ball well,” he said.
Jewell complimented Muniz on his array of off-speed pitches.
“We were OK defensively…we only had one error,” Jewell said. “We just couldn’t get bat to the ball.”
The Red Raiders trail Ramstein by two games in the Region I standings. The two teams finish the regular season with a doubleheader next weekend and a Kaiserslautern sweep would create a tie for first.