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Next weekend's Ramstein-Patch European Division I title-game rematch will find both baseball teams at the peak of their considerable powers.

Both the Royals and Panthers emphatically dispatched Division I rivals in a pair of doubleheader sweeps over the weekend, and they'll each enter Saturday's game at Stuttgart with undefeated records.

Patch 17/14, SHAPE 1/0: Saturday at Stuttgart, the Panthers put away the visiting Spartans.

Patch ace Andrew Buxkemper fanned seven SHAPE batters in four proficient innings of work in the opener. Andrew Almond went 4-for-4 at the plate, while Buxkemper, Garrett Becker and Reed Marshall notched three hits each.

Becker took the ball in the late game and matched Buxkemper's seven strikeouts over four innings.

Becker and Buxkemper completed the bookend wins with a home run apiece in the late game.

Ramstein 15/12, Lakenheath 1/2: Friday at Ramstein, the cruising Royals recorded two double-digit wins over the Lancers.

The unbeaten defending champions pounced on their Division I rival immediately in both games, scoring three runs in the first inning of game one and six in the first inning of game two.

Jon Oswald and Daniel Thompson picked up the pitching wins, respectively. Zach Buhrer drove in five combined runs to lead the offense.

Kaiserslautern posts 3-1 homestand: The Raiders swept Ansbach on Friday and split with Lakenheath on Saturday for a winning weekend.

Kaiserslautern outgunned a solid Ansbach team by scores of 16-7 and 13-7. The Raiders won a third straight early Saturday with an 11-5 defeat of Lakenheath, but the Lancers edged the Raiders 12-10 in Saturday's second game.

The late win salvaged a German road trip for the Lancers, who will wrap up their regular season next Saturday at AFNORTH.

Vicenza 10/18, Aviano 0/10: Saturday at Aviano, a brilliant pitching effort and a dynamic turn at the plate gave the Cougars a sweep.

Cougar hurler Louis Veazey tossed a four-inning no-hitter in the opener to fuel a shutout win. Teammate Torin Dennison went off for six hits, including two home runs and two RBI, and six RBI on the doubleheader to help the visitors outpace the Saints' improved offense in the late game.

Vilseck 9/13, Hohenfels 5/3: Saturday at Hohenfels, Kurt Hall led the Falcons to a sweep of the Bavarian doubleheader.

Hohenfels took a four-run first-inning lead in the opener before Hall stepped to the mound and settled things down. He pitched six-plus innings of three-hit ball and struck out 16; then Hall completed the Falcon comeback with a three-run home run in a five-run seventh inning.

Joel Ramirez picked up the more comfortable win on the mound in the second game, while Hall and Austin Archangel had two hits apiece and Andrew Loveless hit a home run for the Falcons.


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