Mannheim goes out winner in final home games
MANNHEIM, Germany – The final edition of the Mannheim Lady Bison went out on top in their last homestand of all time Saturday, downing the Hohenfels Lady Tigers 13-12 and 18-15 in an East Region softball doubleheader.
The victories were the first of the season for Mannheim (2-8). They came during the final athletic event ever to be hosted by Mannheim, which is to close forever at the end of this school year and end its 55 years of educating military community youths.
According to Mannheim coach Amanda Rogers, four-year starter Alexis Pineiro, a senior who has attended Mannheim schools since kindergarten, was the winning pitcher in Game 1 and picked up a save in the nightcap.
Pineiro came on in relief in both games, Rogers reported. The senior struck out three and allowed just one hit in her two innings of work in relief of starter Erica Bryant, who struck out nine in her five innings pitched in Game 1. Pineiro claimed the victory when Amber Lecouture drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh. It was Lacouture’s third RBI of the game.
In Game 2, Pineiro saved the game for Lacouture, the starter.
Pineiro also enjoyed an effective day at the plate, going a combined 4-for-7 with a double and four stolen bases.
Also productive for Mannheim (2-8) were Bryant, who drove in six runs, smashed three doubles and stole two bases while going a combined 5-for-9; Lacouture, a combined 2-for-5 with five RBIs and a steal, and catcher Kasie Lyster. In addition to her nearly perfect combined 7-for-8 day at the plate which drove in six runs, Lyster, 4-for-4 in Game 1, also stole two bases and threw out three would-be base-stealers.
Remaining for the Lady Bison are two road events. They are scheduled to play at Ansbach on Saturday, then close their final season in the European Division II tournament May 26-28 at Ramstein.
Hohenfels (0-10) also is headed for the European D-II tournament. The Lady Tigers are to compete their regular season Saturday at D-I power Vilseck.