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The Sigonella Jaguars celebrate after defeating Rota 8-5 on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Ramstein Air Base to stay alive in the DODEA-Europe Division II/III softball elimination tournament. Sigonella plays Spangdahlem on Saturday morning for the right to take on Naples for the championship.

The Sigonella Jaguars celebrate after defeating Rota 8-5 on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Ramstein Air Base to stay alive in the DODEA-Europe Division II/III softball elimination tournament. Sigonella plays Spangdahlem on Saturday morning for the right to take on Naples for the championship. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

The DODEA-Europe Division I and Division II/III softball championships are Vilseck’s and Naples’ to lose.

The Falcons and Wildcats have to be beaten twice Saturday in the double-elimination format after finishing Friday’s play with perfect records. If their challengers beat them in the championship games, a second championship game would be held.

Sigonella and Spangdahlem square off for the right to face Naples in the small school finals, while Ramstein and Wiesbaden meet for a finals berth against Vilseck. In a change to the schedule, all Saturday’s games will be held in Kaiserslautern on the field near the high school.

Naples defeated Spangdahlem 15-4 for its third victory of the tournament to earn the right to be in the championship. Vilseck’s 9-5 win over Wiesbaden did the same for the Falcons.

Sigonella was the big winner Friday, with three victories to reach the third day of the tournament. Ramstein won twice, including a 15-11 victory over Kaiserslautern in the final game of the day. The Raiders had handed the Royals a loss in the first game of the tournament.

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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for almost 38 years.
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