Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden play rude hosts to Spartans and Lancers
The Kaiserslautern Raiders and Wiesbaden Warriors largely defended their home diamonds from northern interlopers over the weekend, each recording three wins in four games against the visiting SHAPE Spartans and Lakenheath Lancers.
Both of the German hosts recorded sweeps over SHAPE, with Kaiserslautern earning 9-5 and 11-6 wins on Friday and Wiesbaden prevailing 7-3 and 16-8 on Saturday.
Lakenheath offered far more resistance, playing each home team to a doubleheader split. Friday at Wiesbaden, the Lancers emphatically erased an early 2-0 deficit en route to a 12-2 win.
Lakenheath pitcher Justin Thomas settled in on the mound and added a pair of hits to pace the Lancers.
Wiesbaden responded with a 3-1 win in the late game. The Warriors scored three runs in the sixth inning to snap a scoreless tie; Michael Wieland, also Wiesbaden’s winning pitcher in the game, delivered the crucial hit with a two-run single before coming around to score himself.
Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the Lancers rebounded from an opening 12-6 loss to trounce the Raiders 16-2 in the second game.
Ronin Sherman earned the pitching win and added a pair of hits in the Kaiserslautern win; Jaxon Tomchesson claimed the win on the mound and amassed three hits and two RBI in the later Lakenheath victory.
Naples 9, Vilseck 7: Saturday at Vicenza, the Wildcats avenged their 10-6 Friday loss to the Falcons. Gabe Quejada struck out five over four innings for Naples while Zane Miagany led the way at the plate with a pair of hits.
Naples fell short in its attempt to even the score against Stuttgart on Saturday, however. The Wildcats took a narrow 4-2 loss to the Panthers after absorbing a 19-2 beating on Friday.
Rota enjoys perfect weekend: The Rota Admirals emerged as the standout team of the four-team Division II/III baseball meet at Aviano with four wins in as many games.
The Admirals, in the midst of their busiest regular season in recent memory, turned the extra games into extra wins with a string of lopsided defeats.
On Friday, Rota beat Aviano 11-3 and Hohenfels 11-0; on Saturday, the Admirals beat Hohenfels 19-4 and Aviano 10-1.
Sigonella came a game short of matching Rota’s unbeaten showing. The Jaguars took a 9-8 loss to Hohenfels on Friday but claimed a 15-4 win over Aviano that same day; Sigonella then avenged its loss to Hohenfels with a 4-2 win Saturday followed by a 10-1 rout of Aviano.
SoftballKaiserslautern 12/14, Lakenheath 6/7: At Kaiserslautern, the host Raiders doubled up the Lancers in both halves of a doubleheader.
Ally Alamos led the home team in the opener, striking out five over five innings pitched and adding a pair of hits and three RBI at the plate.
Abby Young slid into that starring role in the late game, striking out seven Lancers over six innings and producing three hits and three RBI with the bat.
Lakenheath fared better on the first day of its weekend swing through Germany. The Lancers defeated Wiesbaden by scores of 12-3 and 11-10 on Friday.