Bitburg, Kaiserslautern split doubleheader
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Bobby Reavis allowed just four hits over seven innings of work Saturday in pitching the Bitburg Barons to a 7-4 victory over the Kaiserslautern Red Raiders in the opening game of a West region high school baseball doubleheader, but K-town’s Zach Jones and Ian Acosta were in command in K-town’s 10-2 victory in the nightcap.
Reavis, who helped his own cause by picking a K-town runner off second base and doubling and singling in three at-bats, struck out seven in his route-going outing in Game 1.
According to K-town coach Tom Burriss, Reavis got offensive backing from Matt Floyd and Austin Schmidt, who each drove in two runs in 2-for-4 efforts at the plate. Floyd, who also clubbed a double, and Schmidt each stroked triples to highlight Bitburg’s 16-hit attack.
Starter Jones gave up both Bitburg runs in his two innings of work in the nightcap, but Acosta, an All-Europe performer, blanked the Barons over the game’s final four innings.
All-Europe shortstop Aaren Blossom’s 3-for-3 batting in the nightcap also helped the Red Raiders up their season record to 6-2, according to Burriss. K-town is next scheduled to play at AFNORTH this Saturday.
Bitburg (4-2) next is scheduled to play at Ramstein on Saturday.
In other weekend baseball:
Ramstein 26-18, Alconbury 2-0: Friday at Alconbury, the perennial D-I title-contenders welcomed the first-year D-III Dragons to the big leagues.
Politely, however, according to Alconbury coach Jonathan Reinebold.
“The Ramstein ballclub is well-coached, played the game the right way and were a class act,” he emailed on Friday night, adding that his team profited from the experience in spite of the lopsided scores.
“Even though we were outgunned, the improvement my guys have made in the two months we’ve been playing baseball at Alconbury is phenomenal.”
Game 1 winner Jared Henry four-hit the Dragons over the game’s three-inning distance, striking out five and walking just two, Reinebold reported.
Ramstein batters, meanwhile, banged out 19 hits, 18 of them for extra bases. Five Royals – DeVonte Allen, Drew Grotelueschen, Jon Grotelueschen, Dustin Labit and Justin Pendergrass – homered.
Alconbury starter Chris Yerkes also homered as the Dragons fell to 0-6.
In Game 2, Pendergrass stoked his second homer of the day in a 3-for-3 effort which made a winner of Matt Zembroski.
Zembroski allowed just one hit in his two innings or work; Drew Grotelueschen finished up and also allowed just one hit.
Ramstein 17-12, Lakenheath 4-0: Saturday at Lakenheath, the Grotelueschen brothers each clubbed another home run, and Jon Groteleuschen claimed the Game 1 victory.
Both Grotelueschens and Caleb Guerrido each stroked two hits in the opener. Guerrido struck out five in his two innings of work in relief of Jon Grotelueschen, who fanned five in going the first three innings of the game.
In the nightcap, winning pitcher Riley Moore struck out five and allowed five hits over the game’s first three innings; Labit finished the final two frames, striking out four and allowing just two hits, according to Lakenheath coach John Gilmore.
Neither Ramstein pitcher walked a batter as the Royals improved to 5-1 for the season. Lakenheath fell to 2-4.
Both teams are next scheduled to play on Saturday –Lakenheath at SHAPE and Ramstein at home against Bitburg.
Patch 7-5, Heidelberg 2-6: Saturday at Stuttgart, Caelan Allmon drew a bases-loaded, walk-off walk in the bottom of the seventh to earn Heidelberg a split and send the defending European D-I champs to their first loss of the season.
High school diamond teams in Europe alternate between being the visiting and home teams during doubleheaders, so Heidelberg (5-1) was batting last in the nightcap. According to Patch coach Drake Marlow, Allmon’s careful batting eye capped Heidelberg’s come-from-behind victory.
Justin Jones homered for Heidelberg in the nightcap, which the Lions won in spite of a 4-for-4 effort at the plate from Dylan Measells and Justin Johnson’s two-run homer.
In the opener, Patch (5-1) gave Heidelberg its first loss of the season.
Winning pitcher Measells was backed by Ryan Tannenbaum’s grand slam, a 3-for-3 day at the plate by Austin LeMay and a 2-for-2 outing by Cavan Cohoes.
Patch is scheduled to be idle this Saturday; Heidelberg is ticketed to host Hohenfels on Saturday.