Vilseck ace hands Patch rare defeat
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 19, 2014
A new star continues to emerge on the DODDS-Europe diamond.
Vilseck Falcons junior Kurt Hall dealt a seven-inning, nine-strikeout, one-hit shutout to recent Division I dynasty Patch on Saturday, leading the upstart squad to a 2-0 victory. The all-around star, a recent transfer from Fort Knox, added an RBI at the plate to secure the win.
The Falcons scraped together just enough offense to win the opener, scattering four hits by four different batters off tough Patch pitchers Jack Putman and Andrew Buxkemper.
The Panthers, who saw their DODDS-Europe dominance ended by Ramstein last spring, exacted their revenge with an 8-0 win in the late game. Dylan Wagner earned the shutout in the second game, striking out five Falcons over five scoreless innings.
While the split puts Vilseck at just 2-6 on the season, the win over powerful Patch and Hall's breakout star turn make the Falcons a rising European contender. But work remains, as Vilseck took just one of four games from Patch this season and lost decisively in two games against defending champion Ramstein.
Wiesbaden 19/10, Bitburg 2/5: Saturday at Bitburg, the Warriors swept the Barons behind equally proficient pitching and hitting performances.
On the mound, Dylan Blackmon tossed a complete-game win with eight strikeouts in the first game and Seth Birch struck out seven in a late-game win. Tyler Cordoni earned the save in the nightcap.
At the plate, freshman Parker Crumbly went 4-for-4 in the first game, Adam Stecker drove in two runs in the late game and Childs starred in both with four hits, including a home run, on the day.
Kaiserslautern 15/30, Alconbury 3/2: Friday at Alconbury, the Raiders teed off on the overmatched Dragons ahead of their more evenly-matched duels with Lakenheath.
Kaiserslautern 7/9, Lakenheath 5/3: Saturday at Lakenheath, the Raiders passed their first test of the season with a pair of hard-fought wins over the Division I rival Lancers.
The Raiders scored three runs in the top of the fourth and final inning to build a 7-3 lead that survived a two-run Lancer rally in the bottom of the inning. Chris Lee held off the Lancers with a solid pitching effort, allowing four hits and four earned runs while striking out four over four innings pitched. Kilian Knight drove in a pair of runs.
Kaiserslautern followed a similar script to earn the sweep, scoring five in the third and three more in the fourth to open up a close game. Knight and Carlos Muniz combined for a no-hitter, with the Lancers' only runs coming unearned. Knight drove in another three RBI to seal the deal.