DODDS-Europe softball tournament: Baumholder's Velazquez perfect against Rota
May 20, 2006
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Twenty-four hours after she tossed a perfect game, Baumholder’s Jasmine Velazquez still couldn’t believe what she’d done in a 10-0 domination of defending European Small Schools champion Rota on Thursday.
“It was my nerves that let me do it,” she said while awaiting the start of a Friday afternoon matchup against Alconbury in the three-day DODDS-Europe softball tournament.
“It was mostly fastballs, with a couple of change-ups.”
Velazquez’s heat allowed her to strike out 10 of the 12 Rota batters she faced in the four-inning contest.
Velazquez said, however, that it wasn’t her best game ever.
“I struck out 15 against Alconbury this season,” she said.
Velazquez pitched again Friday morning, picking up a 10-2 victory over London Central that moved Baumholder to 3-0 in the round-robin tournament that ends Saturday at Ramstein High School. The Lady Bucs downed Lajes 11-5 on Thursday.
In an early game on Friday in the Small Schools tournament, London Central took advantage of eight walks in its four-inning 9-8 victory over Incirlik.
Alyssa Dillon picked up the victory, despite allowing a four-run Incirlik rally in the bottom of the third that brought the score to 9-8. She retired the side in order in the fourth to nail down the victory.
Micana Gallaway was 2-for-3 and drove in a run with a first-inning single for London Central.
In other games played Friday:
In Division I pool play, Lakenheath beat Wiesbaden 4-1, Kaiserslautern beat Heidelberg 12-5, Ramstein beat Wiesbaden 5-4 and Heidelberg beat Lakenheath 12-8.In Division II, Bitburg topped Patch 5-1.In Small Schools, Rota rebounded from Thursday’s whitewashing to down Incirlik 20-2 and Alconbury 12-6, Baumholder beat Alconbury 7-1, Lajes topped Incirlik 10-9, Alconbury beat London Central 17-8 and London Central downed Lajes 13-0.All three tournaments end Saturday at the Ramstein High School softball complex. Division II’s final is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.; the Division I and Small Schools events start at 2:15 p.m.