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Stuttgart senior Marcus Laine earned the win against the Wiesbaden Warriors in the winners' bracket round on Friday, May 20, 2022, by pitching a complete game with 15 strikeouts at the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships.

Stuttgart senior Marcus Laine earned the win against the Wiesbaden Warriors in the winners' bracket round on Friday, May 20, 2022, by pitching a complete game with 15 strikeouts at the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships. (Kyle Alvarez/Stars and Stripes)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – It was win or go home for 16 teams entered in the DODEA-Europe Division I and Division II/III baseball tournaments Friday.

The day started with seven Division I teams and nine Division II/III teams in two single-elimination tournaments and finished with eight still playing, including four teams squaring off in Saturday championships.

Ramstein meets Stuttgart for the Division I title and Naples plays Aviano for the D-II/III crown. Both games are at Ramstein’s Southside field.

One of the more notable matchups in Day 2 of the Division I tournament was the pitching performance displayed in the second round of play between the Stuttgart Panthers and the Wiesbaden Warriors. The Panthers won 5-3 to remain alive in the single-elimination tournament.

Panthers’ senior Marcus Laine pitched a complete game by striking out 15 batters, allowing six hits, two walks and three earned runs. He utilized every pitch of his 125-pitch limit in accordance with DODEA rules. And he needed every one of them to outduel Wiesbaden’s Aiden Smith, who kept his ball club in the game with 10 strikeouts, three hits and a walk. He gave up five runs, but only three of them were earned.

A passed ball and a throwing error late in the game proved to be the difference.

Wiesbaden plays Kaiserslautern for third in Division I and Sigonella plays Spangdahlem in the small-schools tournament at Pulaski Barracks in Kaiserslautern.

Spangdahlem's Nate Johnson slides into third after a passed ball against the Hohenfels Tigers during an elimination game on Friday, May 20, 2022, at the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships.

Spangdahlem's Nate Johnson slides into third after a passed ball against the Hohenfels Tigers during an elimination game on Friday, May 20, 2022, at the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships. (Kyle Alvarez/Stars and Stripes)

SHAPE  head coach Scott Burgess walks his players off the field after a tough loss Friday, May 20, 2022, in the elimination round against the Stuttgart Panthers at the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships.

SHAPE head coach Scott Burgess walks his players off the field after a tough loss Friday, May 20, 2022, in the elimination round against the Stuttgart Panthers at the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships. (Kyle Alvarez/Stars and Stripes)

Naples' Ella Grace hits a single between the Spangdahlem shortstop and third baseman during the Division II and III winners bracket game in the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships.

Naples' Ella Grace hits a single between the Spangdahlem shortstop and third baseman during the Division II and III winners bracket game in the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships. (Kyle Alvarez/Stars and Stripes)

The Stuttgart bench clears in celebration after starting pitcher Marcus Laine wins the game after pitching a complete game with 15 strikeouts in a victory against Wiesbaden during the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships.

The Stuttgart bench clears in celebration after starting pitcher Marcus Laine wins the game after pitching a complete game with 15 strikeouts in a victory against Wiesbaden during the 2022 DODEA-Europe baseball championships. (Kyle Alvarez/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein, which received a first-round bye, defeated Kaiserslautern 15-7. That was after the Raiders advanced by defeating Vilseck 6-5. Stuttgart eliminated SHAPE 12-3 before taking on the Warriors, who had knocked out Lakenheath, 20-2.

In Division II/IIII, the Wildcats defeated Alconbury 10-5 and then Spangdahlem 17-0. The Saints edged Vicenza 9-7 before routing Sigonella 21-8. Sigonella had defeated Rota 6-3 and Spangdahlem had topped Hohenfels 13-5 earlier in the day.

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Kyle Alvarez covers the U.S. military in England. He graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with a degree in public relations.
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