Patch hands Ramstein first loss
These Panthers still have claws.
Defending Division I champion Patch trounced archrival Ramstein 10-0 in the second of two softball games Saturday, adding a signature win to an occasionally challenging season.
Ramstein won the first game 9-5.
The loss is the first of the year for the Royals, the only Ramstein team to not win a Division I spring championship last season when they lost to Patch in the title game.
Saturday represented the third time Patch has split a set with a Division I rival. The rebuilding program also won and lost against Kaiserslautern and Vilseck.
Strong pitching efforts delivered both wins. Ramstein's Brittany Crown threw seven strong innings in the opener, allowing just one run until a futile four-run rally in the seventh.
Mackenzie Coleman went the distance in the late game, shutting out the Royals while yielding just two hits and striking out seven. She added a pair of RBI at the plate.
Vilseck 17/18, Wiesbaden 0/1: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the Falcons grew their winning streak to six with consecutive routs of the Warriors.
Elena Montanez no-hit Wiesbaden in the opener and allowed just three hits in the late game.
Lauryn Garcia headlined a long list of Vilseck sluggers, going 3-for-4 with four RBI in each game.
The Falcons are lingering as a legitimate contender to crash a Division I title scene that includes the Royals, Panthers and new contenders Naples and Vicenza. They'll take a 7-3 record into next weekend's finale against Kaiserslautern.
Hohenfels 19/21, Baumholder 4/1: Friday at Hohenfels, the Tigers mauled the visiting Bucs.
All-around stars led the way in each game for Hohenfels. Ellie Pirog earned the pitching win and added four RBI in the opener; Chloe Holland notched the win on the mound and drove in three in the nightcap.
Hohenfels produced a 12-run inning in each game en route to early mercy-rule finishes.
Ansbach 24/14, Baumholder 4/4: Saturday at Ansbach, the Bucs ended a discouraging Bavarian swing with two more double-digit losses.
With their four combined beatings of Baumholder in the books, Ansbach and Hohenfels will square off next weekend to end their regular seasons.
Vilseck 6/12, Wiesbaden 1/9: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the Falcons completed their diamond sweep of the Warriors with two baseball wins.
Kurt Hall struck out nine and gave up just two hits in an opening-game pitching gem. He added a home run and a pair of RBI at the plate.
The late game offered more drama as Wiesbaden took a 6-1 lead after two innings and a two-run lead entering the final inning before the Falcons rallied. Hall had another three RBI to lead the way.
Naples 3/10, Sigonella 2/0: At Sigonella, the Wildcats earned Friday and Saturday wins over the host Jaguars.
Zane Zimmerman earned the decision over Zach Desanto in a Friday evening pitching duel. Zimmerman struck out six in the win, while Desanto notched 10 strikeouts in defeat.
Robert Dromerhauser dominated Saturday's rematch. He struck out nine over five shutout innings and rapped three hits to support his own cause. Joshua Thurston had three hits and three RBI for the Wildcats.
Naples hasn't dropped a game since its opening loss to Vicenza. With baseball done in Italy for the regular season, the 2014 Division II champions will take a 9-1 record into the Division I tournament.
Lakenheath 8/6, AFNORTH 4/5: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the Lancers barely survived their encounter with a pride of Lions.
Lakenheath scored six runs in the first inning of the first game and held on for the win. Hayden Hartman struck out nine to keep AFNORTH at bay.
The Lions came even closer in the late game, loading the bases in the final inning before stranding the tying and winning runs.