Riley McKinney completed her 14 innings of work Saturday with a victory for the record books.
McKinney, the losing pitcher in AFNORTH’s 5-3 loss in Game 1, came back to pitch seven innings in the nightcap to become the first pitcher in Ramstein’s last 47 games to beat the four-time defending European Division I champion Lady Royals, 13-10.
“They played great,” Ramstein coach Kent Grosshuesch said after AFNORTH ended his team’s 46-game overall winning streak.
“They made every play they needed to make, made every throw they needed to make.”
Ramstein didn’t let go of its streak without a fight, Grosshuesch said. AFNORTH led 10-1 before Ramstein tied the score in the top of the fifth. But rather than wilt, ARFNORTH pushed across three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the winning margin.
Brenda Broadwater and Diana Marimalla each went 2-for-3 and scored three runs in the victory as AFNORTH improved to 4-4 in West Region play. Ramstein is 9-1.
According to Grosshuesch, AFNORTH was bidding to end Ramstein’s streak a game earlier. The Lady Royals pushed four runs across in the bottom of the fourth to erase AFNORTH’s 3-1 lead and held on for the seven-inning victory.
Kelsey Freeman, who clubbed a three-run homer in the nightcap, was the winning pitcher in Game 1, striking out 11 in her seven innings of work. She was supported offensively by Lacee Loscher, who went 3-for-3, and Ali Shelton, who was 2-for-3.
Ramstein is scheduled to try to begin a new winning streak Saturday at Baumholder; AFNORTH is to entertain Alconbury on Friday.
In other girls softball of note:
Vilseck 34-19, Wiesbaden 8-4: Saturday at Wiesbaden, Vilseck struck for 23 first-inning runs in Game 1 and continued hammering the ball in Game 2.
Kim Akuna was 5-for-6 in the opener, according to Vilseck coach Jim Hall; her teammate Stephanie Ritole drove in four runs and walked four times in a 2-for-2 effort.
Wiesbaden was without its No. 1 and No. 2 starters, according to Wiesbaden coach Carl Johnson, and outs came with difficulty. Meanwhile Deraj’ McClinton and Kayla Clamage were five-hitting Wiesbaden.
In Game 2, Taylor Hall and McClinton combined for a three-hitter that lifted Vilseck to 9-1 in the East region.
For good measure, Hall and McClinton, starred at the plate, too. Each went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in Game 2.
Vilseck is next scheduled for a showdown for the East region lead Saturday against visiting Patch; Wiesbaden will attempt to regroup Saturday at Heidelberg.