Jamal Pope’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday capped Heidelberg’s last-inning comeback from an 8-3 deficit as the Lions completed a sweep of Ansbach on the Cougars’ home field.
According to Ansbach coach Marcus George, Ansbach’s freshman starter, Joey Dominguez, had held the Lions, home team in the second game, in check until he ran out of gas in the final inning of the 9-8 loss.
"We only have 10 players," George said. "We didn’t have anybody left who could throw strikes."
In the opener, Heidelberg’s Justin Patrick singled, doubled and tripled, and Ansbach’s Drew Roy had three hits and stole three bases as Heidelberg claimed a 13-4 victory.
In other weekend baseball games:
Bamberg 3-4, Wiesbaden 1-11: On Friday at Bamberg, Ryan Mecillas allowed just one earned run in four innings in the opener, and Brandon Fields picked up the save in the fifth and final inning of a time-limit game between Division II teams.
T.J. Reiger, who drove in Wiesbaden’s run, took the loss despite allowing just one earned run in four innings.
Ray Luna knocked in a run for Bamberg.
In the four-inning second game, also shortened by the two-hour time limit, Mike Phillips, who went 2-for-3, drove in five runs, three of them with a bases-clearing double, to make a winner of Chance Martin, who struck out six.
Wiesbaden 12-10, Hohenfels 7-13 (2nd game 8 innings): On Saturday at Hohenfels, Phillips and Ryan Reager each drove in three runs to make a winner of the Warriors’ Rieger.
Martin was 3-for-3 for Wiesbaden, which also got a triple and single in two at-bats from Trey Johnson.
Johnnie Mesch drove in three runs and Max Maupin two for Hohenfels.
In the nightcap, Hohenfels, playing as the visiting team in the extra-inning game, broke loose for seven runs then held off Wiesbaden in the bottom of the inning to gain the victory for Will Karafa.
Mesch drove in four runs and John Leon two for Hohenfels (1-3), which got a spark from Bryce Cooper’s steal of home in the sixth.
Rieger, Martin and Phillips combined to strike out 14 batters for Wiesbaden, which got a 4-for-5 performance at the plate from Martin and a 3-for-4 outing from Caellan Allmon.
Mannheim 8-9, Bamberg 1-20: On Saturday at Bamberg, Javonte Knuckles went 2-for-3, stole three bases and scored four runs as the Barons walked off with a split by rallying from a 9-4 third-inning deficit.
Mannheim took the opener behind the pitching of Matt Benoit, who struck out nine in working the five-inning distance. He was also 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate.
Patch 5-2, Vilseck 2-6: On Saturday at Vilseck, Kyle Krajcovic tossed a three-hitter in the nightcap to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season.
Krajcovic outdueled Patch ace Justin Phelps to salvage the split.
Krajcovic was backed by a 2-for-3 effort by Tyler Hall, who drove in two runs, an RBI triple by Kalyn Smithson and an RBI single by Trey Lawhorn.
Quinton Austin scattered five hits in the opener, striking out six. Steve Murtha and Dillion Measseals each went 2-for-2 for Patch in Game 1.