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Members of new European champions Ramstein and Naples headline the All-Europe baseball teams, announced Friday by DODDS-Europe Athletic Director Karen Seadore.

Royals Ryan Burk, Justin Pendergrass and Antonio Ortiz and Wildcats Joseph Pitts, Dakota Bartley and Kyle Baldree combine to occupy half of the 12-player first team. Another Royal, freshman Zach DeCosta, earned a second-team nod, as did Naples sophomore George Shaffer.

In a promising development for the future of DODDS-Europe’s fledgling baseball program, DeCosta is one of nine freshmen and sophomores among the 24 selections. Chris Kiefer, freshman phenom for Lakenheath’s Division I third-place team, earned first team status alongside sophomores John Bohnemann of Vilseck and Ortiz.

Though it lost its three-year grip on the Division I crown at last month’s European championships, Patch is well-represented with four selections. The Panther honorees include first-team senior sluggers Jack Smith and Ruben Rodriguez and second-team sophomores Garrett Becker and Andrew Buxkemper, both valuable pitchers and utility men.

Ansbach’s Jake Voorhees and Wiesbaden’s Justin Jones rounded out the first team.

Patch’s Smith and Ramstein’s Pendergrass each earned their third consecutive first-team selection.

Here are the 2013 All-Europeans:

First Team

First Team

Player School Grade Position

Jake Voorhees Ansbach 12 IF-P

Chris Kiefer Lakenheath 9 P-IF

Joseph Pitts Naples 12 SS-P

Dakota Bartley Naples 11 P-3B

Kyle Baldree Naples 12 CF

Jack Smith Patch 12 C-P-2B

Ruben Rodriguez Patch 12 C-P-3B

Ryan Burk Ramstein 11 SS

Justin Pendergrass Ramstein 12 CF

Antonio Ortiz Ramstein 10 C

John Bohnemann Vilseck 10 P-1B

Justin Jones Wiesbaden 11 P-3B-DH

Second team

Player School Grade Position

Austin Benton Ansbach 11 IF-P

Joseph Patrick Heidelberg 12 P-IF

Jacob Parsons Heidelberg 12 C-IF

Ben Ciero Lakenheath 10 C-IF

George Shaffer Naples 10 1B

Andrew Buxkemper Patch 10 P-UT

Garrett Becker Patch 10 2B-SS-P

Zach DeCosta Ramstein 9 2B

KC Mason Rota 12 SS-CF-P

Matthew Clay Coon SHAPE 11 P-C-1B

Levi Martin Vicenza 10 C-P

Justin Gershen Wiesbaden 12 P-3B-OF


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