Kaiserslautern scores at will in Benelux trip
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 3, 2014
The Kaiserslautern Raiders got very friendly with home plate over the weekend, scoring a combined 80 runs in four combined wins over SHAPE and AFNORTH.
Kaiserslautern beat visiting SHAPE by scores of 23-1 and 25-1 on Friday, then travelled to AFNORTH for consecutvie 16-2 victories.
Alexes Liggins went 4-for-4 with a two-run home run, two doubles and four RBI in the Friday sweep of the Spartans.
Megann Schultz scored five runs and Megan Thornton hit a home run in the opening win against AFNORTH on Saturday, while the Lions committed 10 fielding errors in the fourth inning of the nightcap to ease the Raiders' path to a sweep.
The wins pushed Kaiserslautern's record to 9-1. The Raiders will finish their regular season against defending champion Ramstein on May 16.
Vilseck 15/18, Wiesbaden 0/3: Saturday at Vilseck, the Falcons recorded a sweep of a Division I rival.
Elana Montanez faced just 12 batters in the opener and struck out seven of them on the way to a three-inning no-hitter. Staff colleagues Kayla Clamage and Isabella Brasi were nearly as dominant in the late game, yielding just a hit apiece.
The Falcon offense, meanwhile, offered more than enough support. Brittany Richardson-Watkins went 4-for-7 on the doubleheader with four RBIs and six runs scored. Janin Powers went 4-for-6 at the plate with five RBIs and three runs scored.
Ramstein 15/29, SHAPE 0/0: Saturday at Ramstein, the defending Division I champions teed off on the Spartans.\
Ramstein improved to 8-0 with the win, with seven of those wins coming by double digits. The Royals haven't scored less than 16 runs in a game since their opening doubleheader against Vilseck on March 22.
The games marked a merciful end to the Spartans' humbling trip through Germany. But SHAPE's remaining schedule remains formidable, with doubleheaders against Division I Lakenheath and Division II power AFNORTH yet to be played.
Alconbury 21/15, Bitburg 3/5: Friday at Bitburg, the Dragons remained unbeaten against fellow Division II opposition.
Alconbury, last year's Division III European champion and an increasingly viable contender to win the Division II crown, wraps up its regular season May 17 at Lakenheath. Bitburg is in for a busy stretch run, with doubleheaders against Lakenheath, AFNORTH and Baumholder remaining.