Baseball unbeatens now stand at one
The Wiesbaden Warriors came into the weekend positioned as DODEA-Europe's breakout baseball team and, arguably, the biggest threat to the dynasty of the Ramstein Royals.
Coming out of the weekend, that's still where they stand.
The homestanding Warriors couldn't avoid a doubleheader sweep Saturday at the hands of the Royals. Ramstein won the opener 9-0, then held on a for a tough 4-2 victory in the nightcap.
The wins leave Ramstein as the last undefeated team in DODEA-Europe baseball, a status Wiesbaden shared with the Royals until Saturday. The Warriors, riding an influx of newly-arrived talent, started their season with eight consecutive wins, a run that included wins over fellow Division I contenders Stuttgart and Vilseck.
But Wiesbaden couldn't knock off the coolly proficient Royals. who held the Warriors scoreless for the first 12 of the 13 innings played Saturday and committed just one fielding error on the day.
SHAPE 15/13, Lakenheath 8/5: At Mons, Belgium, the Spartans swept the visiting Lancers in a battle of Division I squads.
SHAPE jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second inning and withstood a six-run Lakenheath third for the opening win. The Spartans scored at least two runs in each inning of the late game and held the Lancers scoreless over the last three frames to secure the sweep.
Anthony Dellorso and Jarod Gallegos picked up the respective pitching wins for SHAPE.
Vicenza 14/8, Aviano 1/0: At Aviano, the visiting Cougars silenced the Saints' bats while piling up runs on offense.
The games, along with Saturday's Sigonella-Naples doubleheader, brought an end to the regular season on the diamonds of Italy. Vicenza and Naples will take a crack at the Division I bracket, while Aviano and Sigonella are bound for the Division II/III tournament. The postseason runs May 26-28 at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein.
SoftballAviano 13/25, Vicenza 6/0: At Aviano, McKenzie Milligan dominated both halves of a doubleheader as the defending Division II/III champions pounded Division I Vicenza.
Milligan piled up a combined 22 strikeouts in the doubleheader as Aviano wrapped up its regular season on a five-game winning streak. Milligan hit a home run in the early game, while De'Ja Knight had three hits in the nightcap.
Hohenfels 20/26, Bitburg 13/10: At Hohenfels, the Tigers cruised in their first home games of the season.
Mikaela McCarson and Mason Ott each crossed home plate seven times for Hohenfels.
The Tigers get one more pair of home games before the end of the season. They host Baumholder on May 21, just five days before the postseason begins.