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The Ramstein Royals took three of four games from the archrival Kaiserslautern Raiders on the DODEA-Europe diamonds Saturday, ending the regular season with a strong grip on their baseball dynasty but a tenuous one on their softball reign.

The European baseball and softball tournaments run Thursday through Saturday at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein.

SoftballRamstein 11/0, Kaiserslautern 7/9: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the archrival Raiders and Royals played to a doubleheader split.

A pair of early Kaiserslautern errors helped the defending champion Royals plate the game's first two runs in the opener, and the visitors later overcame a grand slam by Raiders star Tori Liggins with a three-run fifth inning.

Sierra Nelson hit a triple, scored three runs and drove in another to lead the Ramstein order. Zania Sterling and Brea Mangham each posted two RBIs for the Royals.

The Raiders responded emphatically in the nightcap, slapping eight consecutive hits, taking an 8-0 lead through two innings and immediately avenging their first loss of the season. Liggins picked up the pitching win and rapped three hits at the plate; Nina Knight had three RBI and Phoenix Whisennand and Sydney Brown each added two RBI in the Raider rout.

Kaiserslautern finishes the regular season with the best record in Division I at 11-1. Ramstein takes an 11-2 mark, including 16-1 and 19-0 routs of AFNORTH recorded Friday, into its title defense.

Wiesbaden 14/24, SHAPE 13/16: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the host Warriors picked up a pair of wins in a high-scoring set with the Spartans.

Olivia Stecker and Kate Dimond starred at the plate in both halves of the doubleheader. Stecker totaled four hits, including two doubles and a triple, while Dimond had a double in each game.

Burnina Perofeta posted the late pitching win and added three hits on offense.

The wins snapped a five-game losing streak for Wiesbaden while leaving SHAPE winless in Division I play.

BaseballRamstein posts 4-0 final weekend: The Royals escaped an upset bid from Division II AFNORTH on Friday, then celebrated with three lopsided wins to close out the weekend and the regular season.

Ramstein recovered from an early one-run deficit against the Lions in Friday's opener, posting a five-run fourth inning to pull ahead to stay. The late rematch wasn't close as the defending champions completed the sweep with an 18-0 rout.

Division I rival Kaiserslautern didn't offer much resistance the following day, dropping the set by scores of 12-3 and 15-2. A 13-strikeout effort by Ramstein ace Jonny Oswald slammed the door on the Royals' undefeated regular season.

SHAPE 4/6, Wiesbaden 2/11: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the Spartans elevated their Division I profile with a surprise split with the Warriors.

Anthony Dellorso pitched a strong seven innings to deliver a 4-2 SHAPE win in the opener, holding the Warriors scoreless over the first five innings as the Spartan offense built a 3-0 lead.

The Warriors went scoreless over the first three frames of the second game also, but scored 11 over the final four to salvage a home-field split. Finn Swafford led the Wiesbaden offense with three hits and three RBI, while Parker Crumbly had two hits and two RBI.

The loss continues a late-season semi-swoon for the Warriors, who were undefeated through April but lost three of six in May. SHAPE adds to its Division I win total two weeks after sweeping Lakenheath.


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