Royals, Lancers maintain perfect records
The last two unbeaten DODDS-Europe Division I softball teams stayed that way over the weekend. For one, the feat was easy; for the other, it couldn't have been much tougher.
Ramstein 6/7, Vilseck 5/3: Saturday at Vilseck, the Falcons were twice denied a signature victory over the rival Royals.
Vilseck pitcher Elana Montanez was solid in both starts, going the seven-inning distance in each and yielding just 10 combined hits. But the Royals got to the Falcon ace just enough to escape with a pair of wins.
Alyssa Glenn scored the go-ahead run on an error to give the Royals the narrow win in the opener. Brittany Crown went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the game.
Glenn crossed the plate three times in the nightcap and drove in two teammates on a sixth-inning triple to help secure the sweep.
Lakenheath 15/15, Baumholder 0/0: Friday at Lakenheath, the Lancers handed the Bucs identical back-to-back drubbings.
Shannon Cox, Morgan Goll and Claire Miazga hit home runs in the opener, in which Lakenheath scored seven runs in the first inning and eight more in the second to end things early. The Lancers redoubled those efforts in the late game, scoring all 15 runs in the first inning as Jade Julien and Goll went deep.
Baumholder joins Alconbury, SHAPE and Wiesbaden as teams to suffer sweeps at the hands of the rolling Lancers. Lakenheath will attempt to extend its winning streak May 1-2 at Ramstein and Kaiserslautern, respectively.
Kaiserslautern 14/7, Patch 6/9: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the Raiders earned a split with the defending Division I champions.
Raider ace Tori Liggins scattered four hits and three earned runs across the opener and also starred at the plate, notching a double among her two hits. Phoenix Whisennand and Chloe Whisennand each had a triple in the game.
The Panthers responded in the late game to dodge the sweep. Patch's Mackenzie Coleman usurped Liggins' role as a two-way star, striking out seven Raiders from the mound and hitting a sixth-inning double that cleared the loaded bases and swung the game to the visitors.
Ansbach 16/21, Bitburg 15/16: Friday at Ansbach, the Barons were swept despite scoring a combined 31 runs over two games.
The host Cougars were just a bit busier on the bases, edging Bitburg by a run in the opener thanks to a three-run fifth inning and jumping out to an 18-6 lead through two innings in the nightcap.
The wins evened Ansbach's record at 2-2 on the season. The Cougars embark on a tough four-game Division I road trip next, facing Vilseck on Saturday and Kaiserslautern on May 1.
Wiesbaden, Alconbury cruise: The host Warriors and Dragons routed overmatched opponents on Saturday. Wiesbaden blasted AFNORTH 30-3 and 49-3, while Alconbury beat Baumholder by 26-0 and 43-0 scores.