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No one can accuse the defending European Division I baseball champions Patch Panthers of starting slowly.

All-Europe right-hander Dylan Measells, stepping into the No. 1 slot left by the graduation of last year’s ace, Justin Phelps, celebrated his new spot in the rotation by pitching a perfect game, a 17-0 verdict over the Hohenfels Tigers.

Not content with mound perfection to open Patch’s season, Measells went 3-for-3 at the plate, with one of his three hits a double.

According to Patch coach Drake Marbury, Jack Smith, who finished the day 2-for-4, homered his first time up Saturday. His teammate C.J. Kellogg was 2-for-2.

Grant Trochesset pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory in the nightcap - a 23-2 victory for the Panthers - Marbury reported, and Ryan Tannenbaum, who doubled and singled in two at-bats, closed the game for Trochesset.

Justin Quimby backed both hurlers with a double and two singles in five at-bats.

Ansbach is scheduled to visit Patch on Saturday; Hohenfels will attempt to rebound by hosting Wiesbaden in a non-regional game.

In other opening-weekend baseball:

Wiesbaden 10-4, Bamberg 9-15: Saturday at Wiesbaden, Bamberg, which jumped out to early leads in both games, made the second one stand up to earn the Eastern Region split.

Four walks and singles by Ken Howard and Derek Shreve keyed a nine-run second inning for Bamberg that put the Barons up 12-1. Bamberg added three more in its final at-bat in the third. Julio Rivera keyed that outburst with an inside-the-park home run, according to Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell.

Jewell’s youthful Warriors rallied from a 9-2 hole in the opener, with Dan Aklason, who went 2-for-3, driving in the decisive run with a hot ground ball.

Bamberg freshman starter Shreve was masterful early, striking out five and allowing just one hit in the first three innings. Bamberg was undone, however, by six walks and three Wiesbaden hits in the fourth.

The games were the season-openers for both teams. Bamberg is idle this week; Wiesbaden is scheduled for a trip to Hohenfels on Saturday.

CorrectionJulio Rivera was misidentified in an earlier version of this article.


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