FRANKFURT-NIEDERRAD, Germany — A Frankfurt-area team ended the title hopes of a team of teens from Ramstein and Spangdahlem air bases in Little League Baseball’s European Senior League championship by no-hitting the Americans in a 3-0 victory Tuesday.
Tetushiro Nakao threw the no-hitter for Germany, striking out 10 Ramstein batters in seven innings. Ramstein starter Eric Moulds allowed four hits but was hurt by five errors.
The loss knocked Ramstein (0-3) out of the running for Friday’s championship game. Ramstein plays Russia at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Germany, representing the Rheinland Little League of Frankfurt, improved to 2-2.
The American Baseball Club of Vienna, representing Austria, edged perennial power Saudi Arabia 5-4. Austria’s Geoff Cooke drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the final inning to drive home Kevin Doll with the winning run.
The Saudi Arabia-based entry, from the Arabian-American Little League of Dharan, fell to 2-1; Austria improved to 2-2 in the race to see which team will represent Europe in the Senior League World Series at Bangor, Maine, Aug. 10-16.
In Tuesday’s third game, Russia, which lost to Saudi Arabia 10-9 on Monday, thumped Poland 14-6 to pull ahead in the standings with a 3-1 mark. Poland, which was coming off a 15-2 loss to Germany, is 2-2.
In addition to the Ramstein-Russia game, Wednesday’s schedule pairs Saudi Arabia and Poland at 12:30 p.m. and Germany against Austria at 3:30 p.m.
The round-robin concludes on Thursday, with Ramstein taking on Saudi Arabia at 9:30 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., the third- and fifth-place teams square off, with the fourth- vs. sixth-place team following at 3:30 p.m. Those winners will play for third at 9:30 a.m. Friday, with the top two teams deciding which will go to Maine starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Sandhoefer Weisen sports complex in this Frankfurt suburb.