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A soaring Vilseck softball team sharpened its talons over the weekend with four straight impressive victories.

The homestanding Falcons swept Hohenfels on Friday by scores of 11-8 and 23-4. On Saturday, Vilseck handled Division I rival Heidelberg by scores of 15-2 and 19-0.

Ace pitcher Kayla Clamage claimed all four victories on the mound, including a one-hit gem in Saturday’s opener against Heidelberg.

Vilseck’s offensive stars were legion; Alex Lopez racked up nine hits, including six doubles, and drove in 10 runs to stake her claim as the Falcons’ top swinger.

Vilseck improves to 10-0 with the victories. The games only get tougher from here: Patch visits to close the regular season May 18, and the European championships begin May 18.

Ramstein 27/35, SHAPE 2/0: Saturday at SHAPE, the Spartans spoiled the Royals’ season-long shutout.

That was as positive as the news got for the home team.

The defending Division I champion Royals blasted SHAPE behind its prodigious power lineup. Kelsey Freeman provided her share of the fireworks with a six-hit, nine-RBI doubleheader effort.

Baumholder 18/14, Bitburg 3/4: Friday at Bitburg, the visiting Bucs turned in another encouraging effort in sweeping the Barons.

An emerging Division III championship contender, Baumholder snapped a five-game losing streak that included sweeps at the hands of Division I opponents Kaiserslautern and Lakenheath.

Simone Bugett pitched two complete games, striking out six in each start, while adding a combined eight RBI on the day. Megan Browne went a combined 5-for-6 for the Bucs.

Patch 18/12, Schweinfurt 2/6: Saturday at Schweinfurt, a string of Panther batters posted multiple-hit games in consecutive Patch victories.

Jenny Sparks hit a home run among her three first-game hits, while Sarah Kemp added a pair of hits. Katelyn Tingey, Paige Miller and Brittany Hyde had two hits apiece in the nightcap.

BaseballJack Smith turned in perhaps the most prolific hitting performance of the spring on Saturday, hitting two home runs in each half of Patch’s doubleheader sweep of Schweinfurt. The Panthers won 17-0 and 15-5.

Smith went 2-for-4 with two homers and 4 RBI in the opener, then 3-for-3 with 2 home runs and 2 RBI in the nightcap.

The slugger wasn’t alone among Panther power hitters. Ruben Rodriguez also went deep in the early game, while Garrett Becker went a combined 5-for-7 in the two games.

Panther pitchers were also on point: Mark Palmer yielded just one hit in the opener, while Andrew Buxkemper struck out eight in the late game.

Matt Nichols provided most of the Schweinfurt resistance. He went 2-for-3 in each game and scored twice in the nightcap.

Ansbach 5/5, Heidelberg 3/1: Friday at Ansbach, the Cougars continued their strong season with a sweep of the Division I Lions.

Austin Benton and Bailey Ward recorded consecutive complete-game victories for the Division II home team, which hasn’t lost since its March 23 opener against Patch.


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