It's ugly, but Wiesbaden finding ways to win
The Wiesbaden Warriors are living dangerously. But they're also winning dangerously.
Batted balls in play and the strike zone proved equally elusive for Wiesbaden throughout much of Saturday's doubleheader with the visiting AFNORTH Lions. But the pratfalls couldn't fully sabotage a Wiesbaden sweep, earned by scores of 11-7 and 18-12 despite the largely self-inflicted adversity.
The visiting Lions jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over the error-plagued home team in the opener. A two-run home run by Warrior slugger Josh Childs reversed the momentum and pitcher Dylan Blackmon earned some key outs to secure the win.
The Wiesbaden defense endured similar struggles in the late game. The Warriors squandered an 11-0 lead behind a string of walks and errors and a pair of triples by AFNORTH star Trent Weldon that produced a combined five Lion runs. Childs again staved off disaster; his 3-for-4 hitting effort on the game spearheaded an offense that plated seven sixth-inning runs to lock up the adventurous sweep.
Ramstein 18/13, Vilseck 2/3: Saturday at Vilseck, an anticipated matchup between reigning champ and rising challenger fizzled into an anticlimactic technical knockout.
The defending Division I champion Royals outclassed the Falcons for back-to-back routs, easily protecting a winning streak that now stands at a half-dozen, with all six of those coming by double digits.
Ramstein's Woody Woodruff and Antonio Ortiz each drove in two runs in the opener, in which the Royals expanded an 8-2 lead with a 10-run explosion in the fifth inning.
Ben Ciero drove in three Ramstein runs in the late game, while Jon Oswald pulled double duty with two RBI and a five-strikeout winning effort on the mound.
Bitburg 5/2, Ansbach 4/8: Friday at Ansbach, a pair of Division II hopefuls both found reason for further optimism.
The visiting Barons pulled out a first-game victory behind a solid pitching performance from Tyriq Zvijer, who allowed just one hit and one earned run in three innings of work and was among five Bitburg batters to touch home.
Ansbach's Nick Duplessie paced the Cougar redemption in the late game. He scored a run and drove in two with the bat and held Bitburg without an earned run in three innings of mound work.