KUTNO, Poland — The Kaiserslautern Military Community’s 11- to 12-year-olds stormed into the semifinals of Little League Baseball’s European Regional tournament with a 17-0 quarterfinal victory over Belarus on Sunday.
Cody Prince, Dan Tolarchyk, Mike Bega and MacKenzie Mueller combined to no-hit Belarus in the five-inning contest, according to KMC parent Wayne Daubert. The quartet struck out nine and walked five.
Following the pattern they established in their previous three victories at Little League Baseball’s European headquarters, KMC’s All-Stars jumped to a sizable first-inning lead and coasted.
Sunday, the All-Stars crafted a five-run first on RBI singles by Mueller, Cannon Byrd and Matt Zembraski and a two-run double by Jacob Van Parys. KMC made it 8-0 in the third on an error, an RBI triple by Tyler Pecht and a run-scoring single by Tolarchyk, then put the game away with a nine-run fifth, Daubert added.
Tylou Daubert drove in two of the nine on a fielder’s choice, according to Wayne Daubert. He added that Byrd and Van Parys followed with run-scoring singles, and Zembraski drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Zembraski came home on an error to make it 14-0, Mueller singled home the 15th run and Tolarchyk closed out the scoring with a two-run home run that carried 250 feet over the center-field fence.
Undefeated KMC (6-0) is to face the winner of Sunday’s game between Italy and Bulgaria at 11 a.m. Monday. That winner advances to Tuesday’s title game, in which Europe’s berth in the Little League World Series Aug. 21-20 in Williamsport, Pa., will be on the line.