Stellar pitching efforts propel teams to wins
Dominant pitchers delivered big wins for their baseball and softball teams this weekend.
BaseballBitburg 5/2, Ramstein 3/14: Friday at Bitburg, Max Little threw a complete-game gem to subdue the defending Division I champs.
Little struck out 10 Royals over seven innings of work, allowing five hits and two earned runs. Tyriq Zvijer led the offense with two hits, two runs and an RBI.
Ramstein responded emphatically in the nightcap with nine runs over the first two innings. Reed Marshall went 4-for-4 in the game with a pair of doubles, three runs scored and two RBI.
Stuttgart 13/7, Kaiserslautern 3/6: Friday at Kaiserslautern, Panther hurler Chris Cheadle yielded just three runs over six innings to fuel the visitors’ opening blowout.
Stuttgart pulled away from its Division I rivals with a big six-run fourth inning. Cheadle helped his own cause with a pair of RBI, while Dakota Tyer and Baylor Rozell each drove in three runs.
In the late game, the Raiders scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to flirt with a doubleheader split. But the Panthers responded with three of their own in the bottom of the frame to snatch the sweep. Stuttgart’s Will Green and Kaiserslautern’s Nolan Sherman battled to a near-stalemate on the mound with four strikeouts apiece in six-plus innings of work.
Wiesbaden 8/12, Vilseck 0/5: Saturday at Wiesbaden, Warrior ace Gunner Yingling struck out 14 Falcons in an overpowering shutout win.
The Warriors plated three runs in the first to put Yingling up early and sealed the deal with five more in the bottom of the sixth. Thomas Weiland and Damian Pinion each had three hits in the game.
A team pitching effort and three-RBI games from Adam Johnson and Weiland secured the late game and the sweep for the Warriors.
SoftballKaiserslautern 11/11, Stuttgart 0/9: Friday at Kaiserslautern, Ally Alamos tossed a two-hit shutout to start off a Raider sweep of the reigning Division I champions.
Alamos helped pace the offense in the opener with two hits, including a double, and two RBI. She finished the day with a pair of wins and five strikeouts on the mound.
Kaiserslautern slugger Phoenix Whisennand homered and rapped a pair of doubles in a four-RBI effort in the first game, while Jada Robbins went 2-for-2 with two RBI in the late game.
Ramstein 20/21, Bitburg 0/11: Friday at Bitburg, Royal ace Abby Walker threw a complete-game one-hitter to start a doubleheader sweep with a shutout.
Walker picked up both wins on the day as the Royals scored 14 runs in the fourth inning of the late game to overcome an early Baron advantage. The Ramstein pitcher struck out nine batters in nine-plus innings of combined work.
Sierra Nelson led the Royals’ prolific offense with five hits and eight RBI over the two games. Walker herself drove in three runs in the late game to aid the comeback win.