Pitchers perform on and off the mound
Patch and Ramstein have met every year in the Division I championship game since DODDS-Europe started up baseball.
But that doesn’t mean those two teams hoard all the talent on the diamonds.
In a day with plenty of offense, two pitchers not sporting Royals or Panthers on their uniforms struck out enough batters to reach double figures. Another threw a limited no-hitter. And one of them didn’t even get a win for his efforts.
Kaiserslautern 7/7, SHAPE 0/5: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, Chris Jastrab stole the show in the opener, striking out 13 batters as the Red Raiders cruised. The senior left-hander gave up only three hits and also starred at the plate with two hits, including an RBI double in the first. Lukas Amrhein and Devon Towlson each had two hits for Kaiserslautern.
The second game was closer, with Kaiserslautern needing a five-run rally in the fifth. The Red Raiders take on Ramstein on Friday, while SHAPE visits Lakenheath.
Vilseck 6/6, Schweinfurt 3/0: Saturday at Schweinfurt, the Razorbacks’ Storm Speakman struck out 14 batters, but surrendered six runs and lost the opener. Vilseck also struck out six times in the second game, but still won handily.
Vicenza 14/10, Aviano 1/15: Saturday at Vicenza, the Saints’ Spencer Ridgeway helped Aviano get its first victory of the season and split a doubleheader with the hosts. Ridgeway went the first four innings on the mound and had three hits as well.
He didn’t match the efforts of Vicenza’s Louis Veazey, who tossed four innings of no hit ball in the opener and also had two hits. Veazey struck out seven and walked one.
Patch 14/20, Wiesbaden 7/2: Saturday at Patch, the Warriors made a game of it in the opener, only trailing 10-7 at one point. Five Wiesbaden players had two hits, but it wasn’t enough to take down the defending champs. Ruben Rodriguez and Jack Smith teamed up on the mound and Rodriguez had three hits of his own.
In the second game, Andrew Buxkemper starred on the mound and got more than enough offense when his teammates put up an “11” on the scoreboard in the first inning.
Rota 10/15, Benameji 9/5: Saturday at Cordoba, Spain, the Admirals – who haven’t played any DODDS teams yet this season – beat a local national club in a doubleheader.
KC Mason had three hits in each game and picked up the win in the second game on the mound.