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However they may fare in the upcoming DODDS-Europe championship baseball tournaments, the Naples Wildcats and Sigonella Jaguars have at least established themselves as the teams to beat in Italy.

Both the Division I Wildcats and Division II/III Jaguars dominated the country's other two DODDS-Europe squads, Vicenza and Aviano, in matching 4-0 weekends.

Naples 19/7, Vicenza 1/1: Saturday at Vicenza, the Wildcats put some distance between themselves and their archrival.

Naples and Vicenza, longtime Division II rivals now sharing a Division I bracket and still playing each other several times a season, shared a field twice this spring even before Saturday's set. Vicenza won the first meeting 9-6; Naples avenged that setback last weekend with a dramatic 5-4 victory.

There was nothing dramatic about Saturday's doubleheader, however, except perhaps the scope of Naples' triumph.

Robert Dromerhauser earned both pitching wins for Naples. A 12-run second inning put an end to the opener after just three innings, leaving Dromerhauser available for more work. He delivered with a seven-inning, 13-strikeout effort, finishing a day that saw him hold Vicenza's batting order to just two runs across 10 total innings.

Dromerhauser even starred with the stick, rapping a combined four hits on the day and driving in three first-game runs.

Zachary Oesteriecher produced four RBI in the first game, while George Shaffer added three in the nightcap.

Naples started its busy weekend with a similarly one-sided sweep of Aviano, blasting the Saints by scores of 14-3 and 22-2. A Mario Betancourt no-hitter in the late game, coupled with Naples' unceasing dominance at the plate, delivered those victories.

Sigonella 10/13, Vicenza 2/7: Friday at Vicenza, the Jaguars boosted their Division II/III profile with a convincing sweep of the Division I Cougars.

Alex Ogletree was consistently productive at the plate for Sigonella, slapping three hits in each game and driving in a pair of runs in the opener. Jake Britton provided the second-game boost with three hits and five RBI.

The Cougars came close to splitting the series, entering the sixth inning of the nightcap in a 7-7 tie behind three-hit efforts from Louis Veazey and Torin Dennison. But the Jaguars scored seven runs in the top of the sixth to secure the sweep.

Sigonella completed its perfect weekend with decisive 14-5 and 15-1 wins over Aviano on Saturday.

Ramstein 13/18, Wiesbaden 0/4: Friday at Ramstein, the defending Division I champion Royals kept their unbeaten record intact in dominant fashion.

Jon Oswald pitched a no-hitter in the opener, striking out nine Warriors in five innings of spotless baseball. Antonio Ortiz provided the bulk of the offensive support with two hits and five RBI. Wood Woodruff added a pair of hits and three RBI for the Royals.

Ben Ciero supplied the spark in the second game, notching four hits and four RBI. Ortiz chipped in a pair of hits and two RBI. Zach Buhrer kept Wiesbaden at bay with nine strikeouts for the pitching victory.

Patch 10/14, Hohenfels 1/2: Saturday at Hohenfels, the Panthers handled the Tigers in back-to-back blowouts.

With the wins, Patch kept pace with archrival Ramstein as the only remaining unbeaten teams in Division I and DODDS-Europe as a whole.

With the Division II/III Tigers dispatched, the Panthers will play only Division I opponents down the stretch, including games against SHAPE, Ramstein and Wiesbaden.

Vilseck 7/11, Ansbach 0/1: Saturday at Vilseck, the Falcons earned their first wins of the season at the expense of their Bavarian neighbor.

Vilseck opened its season against twin Division I powers Ramstein and Patch, and came away with an 0-4 record despite bursts of strong play. With a more manageable opponent in town, the Falcons feasted.

Kurt Hall pitched a six-inning one-hitter in the opener while striking out 13 Cougar hitters. Hall added a pair of hits at the plate.

Vilseck pitcher Brad Patterson held Ansbach to a single run in the nightcap, scattering seven hits and five strikeouts across five solid innings. Drew Pinckney scored a pair of runs and Andrew Loveless drove in two to pace the Falcon offense.


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