European Athletes of the Week for the April 29 edition
Kyle KrajcovicBaseball, Vilseck
Last week: Krajcovic, a senior right-hander, faced 10 batters and struck out nine of them Saturday in a three-inning, 16-0 run-rule victory at Hohenfels. The only batter who didn’t strike out walked.
“Kyle was not happy that a 3-2 pitch was called a ball for the only (walk) of the game,” Vilseck coach Jim Hall said in an e-mail Tuesday about Krajcovic’s near-perfect game.
Hall added that Krajcovic, who throws four pitches but relies on mainly his four-seam fastball and curve, also excelled at the plate in Vilseck’s sweep which lifted the Falcons to 5-1. Krajcovic, who played shortstop in Saturday’s second game, Hall reported, went a combined 3-for-5 with four RBIs. For the season, Hall wrote, Krajcovic is batting .562 with 11 RBIs.
Krajcovic was an All-Europe pitcher, catcher, shortstop and outfielder for Vilseck last season.
Last week: Seebeck, a sophomore transfer from Virginia, scored three goals and assisted on two others Saturday in a 7-0 victory over visiting Bitburg. She has nine goals and four assists this season for the 4-0 Lady Royals, who have yet to surrender a goal.
“Josie … has great vision and great movement on and off the ball,” Ramstein coach Ricardo Buitrago said in an e-mail Monday. “On the ball … there are but a few girls I have seen … who have such fluid and clean dribbling skills.” For all Seebeck’s individual talent, she and Buitrago are quick to talk team.
“We are a very young team — three freshmen, five sophomores, five juniors and four seniors,” Buitrago said, “but ... we are a very talented team. Josie wouldn’t hesitate to let anyone know that she is a part of this versatility and talent that make our program strong.”
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff