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Stuttgart, Wiesbaden split evenly-matched baseball series

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 27, 2019

A Division I showdown between the Division I Stuttgart Panthers and Wiesbaden Warriors was the highlight of a relatively light weekend of DODEA-Europe baseball and softball action.

Baseball

Wiesbaden 8/1, Stuttgart 2/3: Friday at Stuttgart, the Warriors and Panthers played to a large-school split.

Wiesbaden took the opener with a last-minute rally. The Warriors scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning after the time limit expired on a deadlocked game.

Austin Deckinga starred on the mound with 10 strikeouts and added a pair of hits for the victorious Warriors.

Stuttgart evened the series in the nightcap, getting the better of an epic pitching duel between Stuttgart’s Jack Harris and Wiesbaden’s Sam Houston, each of whom recorded 10 strikeouts. The Panthers plated three runs in the top of the sixth and Harris escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of that inning to earn the win.

Hohenfels 15/16, Anbach 0/5: Saturday at Hohenfels, the Tigers throttled the visiting Cougars.

Hohenfels was won six straight games and is unbeaten in Division II/III play. The Tigers host small-school rival Spangdahlem on May 11.

Softball

Stuttgart 18/13, Wiesbaden 8/9: Friday at Stuttgart, the host Panthers successfully swept the persistent Warriors.

Rebekah Johnson struck out six Wiesbaden batters and Faith Brown had four hits to lead the Panthers’ early victory. Brown had a two-run triple to headline a slew of multiple-hit Stuttgart swingers in the nightcap.

Stuttgart sits atop the muddled Division I standings, having not taken a loss since an opening-weekend split with rival Ramstein. The Panthers face Division I rivals Vicenza and Vilseck over the next two weekends.

Vilseck 9/17, Kaiserslautern 3/7: Friday at Vilseck, the Falcons recorded a sweep of the defending champions.

Grace Pedersen went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, two RBI and two runs scored to lead Vilseck’s opening win.

Quincy Lazo was one of many offensive standouts in the second game, producing two hits, including a double, and two RBI.

Joanne Baker drove in a pair of runs in each game, while DeShane Lettley touched home for a total of five runs over the two games.

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