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Colton HeckerlBaseball

Seoul American

Last week: Represented the third time a pitcher named Heckerl no-hit Daegu American on opening day of the DODEA Korea baseball season, helping the Falcons to a sweep of their two games Saturday. It’s the second straight year Heckerl has done this; two years ago, his older brother, Tristan, did the same thing.

Heckerl, a junior, went four innings, gave up four walks and struck out 10 batters and helped himself by going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the Falcons shellacked the Warriors 15-1, just after Greg Morris fired a no-hitter at Osan American, winning 24-0.

“When on the field, he’s all business and always keeps battling,” Falcons coach and Colton’s father Bob Heckerl said. While having not lost a high school decision, he “doesn’t overestimate his ability. He understands that big competition awaits and as a very team-oriented player wants to perform well for the team.”

Desirae SealsSoftballKadena

Last week: Tossed a no-hitter at the Panthers’ Okinawa Activities Council arch-rival Kubasaki, picking up her first victory of the season over the Dragons and helping Kadena to a 2-0 lead in the season series.

Seals, a sophomore, went four innings, giving up no walks and striking out five batters in the Panthers’ 15-0 victory over the Dragons at Ryukyu Middle School field. Not only does she pitch, but she’s taken over as starter at third base – as a left-handed thrower – a position vacated by last year’s Pacific softball player of the year Shannon Scott.

“Desirae is already showing the ‘right stuff’ needed to be a top-notch softball player,” Panthers coach Jesse Costa said. “Desirae has really stepped up, rounding out a senior veteran team. ... Desirae pitched in relief last year for the Panthers, but this year, I’m expecting more and already am impressed with what I’ve seen so far.”

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