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WIESBADEN, Germany — The Kaiserslautern Military Community’s 11- and 12-year-old all-stars handed the Czech Republic its first loss in Little League Baseball’s European Regional tournament Saturday in Kutno, Poland.

The 5-3 victory put KMC in good shape heading into Sunday’s quarterfinal action, although whom they face is uncertain until the remainder of Saturday’s action finishes up. If Moldova scores 2 or more runs in its game against Ukraine on Saturday, KMC will face the loser of Saturday’s game between England and Holland.

Mackenzie Mueller started Saturday’s game for KMC, and he picked up right where he left off Friday by striking out the first four batters he faced. Mueller also banged in a pair of 2-run homers, driving in teammate Pierce Tujo each time.

After the Czech Republic scored two runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, Tujo took the wind out of the Czechs’ sails as he retired three straight Czech batters in the 5th inning.

KMC is just three wins away from qualifying for the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

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