Lakenheath claims Division I softball crown
Rebecca Groff gave up five hits and struck out seven Saturday as Lakenheath downed Ramstein 6-3 in the second game of a softball doubleheader and clinched the regular-season Division I conference championship.
“She pitched a great game,” Ramstein coach Kent Grosshuesch said by telephone after the split between the perennial D-I powers left Lakenheath 9-1 in conference play. Ramstein is 4-2 with four D-I games left on its schedule.
Jessica Serd went 2-for-2 and Erica Turner 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the nightcap.
Ramtein threatened to make a race of it by winning the opener 9-4. Winning pitcher Lindsey Jones, who gave up seven hits and fanned three, went 3-for-4 and Brandy Hale went 2-for-4.
Groff, who won four games the previous weekend but didn’t pitch in Lakenheath’s 14-7 and 19-8 victories over Wiesbaden on Friday, contributed two hits to her cause.
In other softball games of note on Saturday:
Patch 7-4, Heidelberg 5-5: At Heidelberg, All-Europe senior Kasy’e Lalau struck out 14 batters in each game, but still just broke even as Heidelberg rallied in extra innings in the nightcap for the split. In the first game, Patch mounted a four-run first, and Lalau made it stand up. In the nightcap, however, Janine Shoots stroked an eighth-inning double off Lalau that plated the eventual winning run. Hannah Rosenwald and Lauren Nation each had two hits for Patch in the opener to help the Lady Panthers overcome two hits each by Shoots and Chaliss Cappel and two RBIs by Jessica Anderson. In the nightcap, Heidelberg’s Mylynn Dumlao and Patch’s Lalau each went 3-for-4. The split left both teams 2-4 in Division I.
Baumholder 16-21, Mannheim 3-7: At Baumholder, the fast-improving Lady Bucs posted their first two victories of the season over the winless Lady Bison. Brianna Hudak and Grecia Gonzalez claimed the pitching victories. Baumholder fell behind 5-2 in the nightcap, but battled back behind Michelle Zapata’s 3-for-4 effort, which included a two-run homer.
Wiesbaden 14-12, Kaiserslautern 9-9: At Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden rebounded from Friday’s sweep by Lakenheath with the twin-killing. Details were unavailable at presstime. Kaiserslautern fell to 0-4 in D-I and 2-4 overall. Wiesbaden is 3-4 in the league and 5-5 overall.