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The Heidelberg Lions tuned up for this weekend’s European Division I baseball tournament by sweeping the Wiesbaden Warriors 11-0 and 14-8 Saturday at Wiesbaden.

According to Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell, All-Europe pitcher Alex Weaver two-hit the Warriors in Game 1. Weaver, who struck out three batters, was greatly aided in registering the shutout by Heidelberg’s stout defense, which in Jewell’s words, registered five ESPN Highlight Reel defensive gems on the day. Sam Nevinger, four-for-four with three stolen bases and two RBIs in Game 1, robbed Wiesbaden of hits three times, Jewell reported, once in each game on diving full-extension catches in center field and by snaring a screaming liner while pitching in relief in Game 2.

Austin Benton also stole three bases in Game 1 and joined Nevinger, Caelan Allmon and Joseph Patrick as two-RBI men in the opener.

Gary Miskovsky took the loss.

Weaver continued his heroics in Game 2, diving into the hole at shortstop and getting up in time to throw out Wiesbaden’s speedy Dan Aslakson.

Wiesbaden trailed 8-1 after three, but Miskovsky highlighted a four-run outburst with a ground-rule double before Nevinger gloved a hot line drive off Alakson’s bat to snuff out the rally.

Benton, the Game 2 starter, came up with Heidelberg’s fifth highlight play after swapping positions with Nevinger. He raced in from center to make a diving catch of a ball hit by Justin Jones.

Allmon drove in five runs for Heidelberg, which concluded the regular season 10-2. Patrick and Jimmie McBride each drove in two runs and stole two bases.

Miskovsky and Dom Sanchez each had two hits for Wiesbaden (6-8). Jones went the five-inning distance for error-prone Wiesbaden and took the loss.

In other regular-season-ending games:

Patch 11-16, Vilseck 0-0: Saturday at Stuttgart, starters Ruben Rodriguez and Austin LeMay each pitched the first four innings as the two-time defending European D-I champion Panthers closed the regular season 12-0.

Patch aces Dylan Measells and C.J. Kellogg closed out each shutout.

Rodriguez backed his own cause with two home runs in the opener, according to Patch coach Drake Marbury, who added that Rodriguez added two more hits in the nightcap to finish his day four-for-six.

Ryan Tannenbaum doubled in Game 1 and homered in the nightcap, Marbury reported, and Andrew Mineni also homered in Game 2. Kellogg and All-Europe catcher Jack Smith each was two-for-three with a double in Game 2.

Vilseck fell to 6-6. Both teams move on to this week’s European D-I tournament.

SHAPE 3-2, Bitburg 2-10: Saturday at Mons, Belgium, Connor Manning, who had opened the bottom of the seventh with a booming double to center field, raced home from third on a passed ball to provide the margin in Game 1, and the hitting of Austin Schmidt and Matt Flood propelled the Barons to the split in Game 2.

In a matchup of teams likely to encounter each other again in this week’s European Division II-III tournament in Ramstein-Kaiserslautern, Clay Coon two-hit Bitburg in the opener, according to SHAPE coach Kenny Goff. Coon went the seven-inning distance, striking out eight and walking four in raising his record to 5-1.

Colton Lund picked up the Game 2 victory, striking out five and allowing four hits in his five innings of work.

Matt Flood stroked three hits and Schmidt two in the romp, which allowed defending D-II champ Bitburg to complete its regular season 7-5. SHAPE finished 9-3.

Vicenza 18-7, Aviano 3-9: Saturday at Vicenza, Grant Trochesset three-hit Aviano in the opener and struck out eight; Nik Wieser earned Aviano the split with a seven-hit, seven strikeout performance.

Aviano rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the nightcap, according to Vicenza coach Mark Wilson, to finish the regular season 7-5. Vicenza is 6-6.

Hohenfels 10-14, Schweinfurt 9-12: Saturday at Hohenfels, the Tigers didn't show much rust from forfeiting the last two weekends because of a lack of players and picked up their first two victories of the season.

Rene Bourgeios had three hits and Kasey Joyner, Will Butler and Austin Atkinson two each for Hohenfels in the first game. Summer Sivals had three hits for Schweinfurt and Matt Itliong and Storm Adams two each.

In the second game, Bourgeious had four hits and Joyner, Caleb Peterson and Chris Gonzalez three each for the winners. Connor Kreager, Itliong and Caleb Stivens had two hits each for the Razborbacks.

Ramstein 8-12, Kaiserslautern 0-2: Friday at Kaiserslautern, the Royals wrapped up an undefeated season and the West Region crown. They’ll take a 14-0 record into this week’s D-I tournament.

According to K-town coach Tom Burriss, Matt Sharpy went the six-inning distance in winning the opener, which Ramstein put away with a four-run fifth against reliever Aaren Blossom.

Starter Cameron Collums (4-2) took the Game 1 loss.

Chris Jastrab, who pitched the final inning of Game 1, took the loss in Game 2 as K-town completed its regular season 6-5.

All-European Jon Grotelueschen tripled and doubled for Ramstein, which also benefited from a double off the bat of Justin Pendergrass.


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