Games of the week
Girls soccerRamstein at SHAPE Saturday The SHAPE Spartans have scored with ease all season, producing at least three goals in each of their four games while building a 3-0-1 record. The Ramstein Royals have been equally prolific, totaling 21 goals in the four games that comprise their own 3-0-1 start. With that in mind, Saturday could be a shootout. The bulk of the SHAPE scoring comes from freshman phenom Sunniva Leivdal and stalwart senior Spartan Begona Rodriguez Bravo. Their counterparts on the Ramstein front are consistent scorers Ebony Madrid and Erin Barnett. With those two pairs in place on offense, Saturday’s game could come down to defense, and that’s where favored Ramstein’s edge might become apparent. The Royals have posted shutouts in all three of their victories while yielding just two goals in a tie with Stuttgart that was a rematch of last year’s European title game. The Spartans have been a bit more permissive, yielding eight total goals in their four games.
BaseballWiesbaden at Bitburg Saturday The host Bitburg Barons start their baseball regular season on Saturday. But they’ll need to be in midseason - maybe even postseason - form. That’s because their guests are arguably the hottest team on the DODEA-Europe diamonds - the undefeated Wiesbaden Warriors. The fast-rising Division I contender has incorporated an influx of fresh talent to vault into the ranks of the large-school elite. The Warriors opened their season with a sweep of perennial power Stuttgart, secured a sweep of a tough Ansbach squad and returned from spring break with a pair of rousing routs of 2015 Division I runner-up Vilseck. On paper, the Barons might not make for an equally-matched for. But they’re no pushover. The young Bitburg team returns a small but solid core of players from last year’s Division II/III third-place finisher and boasts a versatile roster of position players and a relative wealth of pitching options for a school its size. In short, they’re a small school potentially primed for a big upset.