Freeman, Royals continue to roll over foes
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – All-Europe pitcher Kelsey Freeman allowed her first hits of the season –two – Saturday, but the European D-I champion Ramstein Lady Royals remained unbeaten with 10-0 and 9-1 victories over the Bitburg Lady Barons.
Freeman pitched all five innings of Game 2, striking out 11 despite surrendering her first hits of the year.
Abbie Simmons provided much of Freeman’s batting support, going 3-for-4 with a double that helped Ramstein move to 8-0 on the season.
In Game 1, Ramstein’s Katherine Enyeart allowed just one hit in her five-inning, route-going performance, according to Ramstein coach Kent Grosshuesch. Enyeart struck out eight.
Freeman backed her mound colleague with a 3-for-3 effort in the opener that included two doubles off the fence and four runs batted in. Alli Shelton joined Freeman in the assault on the outfield fence, stroking a triple and double in three at-bats.
Bitburg fell to 4-4.
In other softball of note:
Bamberg 8-5, Vilseck 7-20: Saturday at Bamberg, walks undid Vilseck in the opener, according to Vilseck coach Jim Hall. All eight Bamberg runs were scored by base runners who reached on bases on balls, sending the Falcons to their first loss of the season.
In Game 2, it was Vilseck’s turn to benefit from free passes. Taylor Hall, who walked three times and singled, scored four of the 20 runs.
The Falcons stroked just eight hits in Game 2, with Deraj’ McClinton going 3-for-3 and scoring three times to help Vilseck improve to 7-1.
Bamberg is 6-2.
Heidelberg 14-10, Hohenfels 13-1: Saturday at Heidelberg, Kayla Weber struck out 12 in the nightcap as the Lions coasted to the sweep after enduring a close call in Game 1.
Hohenfels fell to 0-8; Heidelberg improved to 3-5.
Naples 11, Aviano 0: Friday at Naples, Cindy Olivo struck out eight and allowed just one hit to help the Lady Wildcats improve to 6-0 on the season. Tara Carrico, Shannon Walsh and Giovanna Trigg each stroked two hits for Naples, according to their coach, Stacy Scott.
The game followed Naples’ first victory of the day, 14-1 over Vicenza. Naples took charge with a 10-run first inning, and Walsh and Melody Fears each collected two hits.