European baseball roundup: Finley caps Mannheim comeback
Tom Finley’s bases-loaded double into the gap in left-center field Saturday helped Mannheim post a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over Wiesbaden at Dexheim, Germany, in high school baseball.
Finley’s came during a six-run rally in the top if the game’s final inning and cashed in two walks and an error by the home team, according to Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell.
Winning pitcher Matt Benoit surrendered two runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Bison retired the side on a close play at first to claim their first win in three tries this season.
Wiesbaden (0-3) posted a three-run first based on five straight hits to open the game, but Mannheim then held the Warriors scoreless the next two frames.
Mannheim rallied during a steady rain that left the field too puddled to play the scheduled second game, Jewell said. The teams are to make up the rain-out on Thursday, he said.
In other high school baseball games:
Naples 9, Vicenza 4: Friday at Naples, Italy, Logan Porchie posted the first victory ever in DODDS-Europe baseball in Italy with a five-hitter against the Cougars, according to Naples coach Duke Marlow.
Marlow reported that Naples played errorless baseball and stroked eight hits, one of them an inside-the-park homer by Shea Goodnature.
Napes 12, Aviano 3: Saturday at Naples, Goodnature struck out nine in a two-hit victory over the Saints. Naples made its first errors of the season, four, Marlow reported, but took advantage of 12 boots by Aviano.
Patch 19-10, Ansbach 0-6: Saturday at Stuttgart, Justin Phelps and P.J. Redmond combined to fire a three-inning one-hitter in the opener, according to Patch volunteer coach Shawn Phelps.
The younger Phelps backed his mound stint by going 3-for-3 with a triple, home run and five RBI in a game ended after three innings by the 15-run rule. Ryan Brady knocked in three runs for Patch, which got four steals from Redmond.
In the second game, Quinton Austin pitched all three innings to pick up the victory for Patch (4-0). Austin allowed three hits, walked four and struck out five. Austin and C.J. Kellogg each drove in two runs for Patch as Ansbach fell to 0-4.