Three teams climbing to top of D-I baseball ranks
Division I baseball powers Ramstein, Wiesbaden and Stuttgart separated further from the Division I baseball pack this weekend with respective strings of victories.
The defending champion Royals posted three victories over the host Lakenheath Lancers, including a 14-0 win Friday and 20-1 and 6-3 wins Saturday. Jonny Oswald, Dillon Thompson and Aaron Schlosser picked up a pitching win apiece for unbeaten Ramstein, while Schlosser, Thompson, Myles Davis and Reed Marshall led the way offensively. Ramstein completed the sweep with a five-run fifth inning in the hard-fought Saturday finale.
Visiting Wiesbaden hammered Division II squad Bitburg on Saturday, yielding just one total run over the doubleheader in posting back-to-back double-digit offensive efforts in 13-0 and 12-1 wins. Gunner Yingling pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout and struck out 11 Barons in the early game and added six hits on the day. The Warriors scored 10 runs over the last two innings of the nightcap to secure the sweep.
Stuttgart won all four of its games in a four-team Division I meet-up at Vicenza, though three of them came by a two-run margin or less. The Panthers routed Vicenza 12-1 and edged Naples 8-6 on Friday. The next day, Stuttgart nipped Naples 6-5 and Vicenza 7-5 to escape Italy with its win streak intact.
Vilseck joined Stuttgart in Italy, posting a 2-2 record on the weekend. The Falcons lost twice to Vicenza, 3-2 on Friday and 12-5 on Saturday, but swept Naples, 9-2 on Friday and 11-6 on Saturday.
While Stuttgart was the clear winner of the Division I festivities at Vicenza, the concurrent Division II/III event at Aviano was a more democratic affair as all of the four teams took at least a win and a loss. Ansbach went 3-1 on the weekend, sweeping the host Saints while splitting with Sigonella. Hohenfels beat both Italian squads Friday but lost both Saturday rematches. Sigonella settled for a .500 record each day, posting a win over Ansbach on Friday and a defeat of Hohenfels on Saturday. Aviano notched an 8-4 win over Hohenfels on Saturday to avoid a winless weekend.
SoftballSigonella wins three of four: At Aviano, the Jaguars swept German rival Hohenfels and split a weekend series with the homestanding defending Division II/III champions.
Hanna Barnes earned a pair of pitching victories on the weekend and starred at the plate with two three-hit games on the weekend. Kisiah Chandler finished with 12 RBI over the four games for the Jaguars.
McKenzie Milligan struck out 26 Sigonella hitters over two starts against the Jaguars but settled for an 8-6 loss Friday along with Saturday's 15-6 victory.
Ramstein cruises in the U.K.: The defending Division I champion Royals crushed the host Lancers on three occasions over two days, winning 25-2 on Friday and by 25-0 and 22-3 margins Saturday.
Abby Walker recorded two pitching wins and Victoria Rady collected the other for the Royals. Zania Sterling hit a home run in Saturday's finale, which saw Ramstein produce 12 runs in the first inning and 10 in the second to end the game quickly.
Bitburg earns a split with Wiesbaden: Saturday at Bitburg, a late-game defensive stand salvaged a 14-13 win for the host Barons, drawing the doubleheader even after the Warriors cruised 30-13 in the opener.
Bitburg yielded just two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth to finally subdue the high-scoring Warriors, who had posted a staggering 18 runs in the third and final inning of the first game.
Nikki Jiao earned the pitching win for the Barons with a solid three-strikeout effort.