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All-European Amber Marvin pitched three innings of perfect softball Saturday to get the defending European Division I champion Patch Panthers started on an 18-0, 23-12 sweep of the visiting Bamberg Barons.

Marvin went the distance in the opener, called after three innings because of the 15-run rule. She faced nine batters and struck out four of them, and was backed more than enough offensively by five RBIs off the bat of Sydney Loy, according to Patch coach Brian Tingey.

Katelyn Tingey was the Game 2 winner, thanks in large measure to four RBIs from Shannon Wright, a solo home run by Peyton Smith and a triple by Jenny Sparks. The sweep upped Patch’s season record to 10-0. The Panthers are scheduled to travel to Ansbach for a Saturday doubleheader and close out the regular season May 19 by hosting unbeaten Vilseck with the Eastern Region title most likely on the line.

Bamberg, Tingey reported, finally got their bats to life in the nightcap.

Elizabeth Millner drove in four runs with a two-for-four effort, and Paola Padilla went two-for-two. Even so, Bamberg fell to 0-10.

In other softball of note on Saturday:

Vilseck 14-12, Wiesbaden 4-2: In rainy Vilseck, Falcons’ mound aces Taylor Hall and Deraj’ McClinton tossed one- and two-hitters, respectively, to lift Vilseck to a 10-0 record.

Hall, who tripled and singled in four at-bats and drove in two runs in the opener, struck out six but walked nine trying to control a wet ball, according to coach Jim Hall.

Wiesbaden starter Apryl Jackson’s single was the lone safety Hall allowed in going the five-inning distance.

Destiny Hebron went four-for-four with two RBIs to lead Vilseck’s batters. Also driving in two runs each were Nicole Wheat and Taylar Mata, each three-for-four in Vilseck’s 15-hit attack.

In Game 2, McClinton, too, pitched a complete-game five innings, fanning seven, walking three and allowing just one earned run.

Wheat, three-for-three with an RBI, and Hall, two-for-two with two runs batted in, had perfect plate outings in Vilseck’s seven hit attack; Hebron and Stephanie Leitold, who was two-for-three in the opener, had the other Vilseck hits in the nightcap.

Wiesbaden fell to 5-7 overall and 5-5 in Eastern Region play.

Naples 15-20, Sigonella 0-0: At Naples, freshman Bayley Caldwell won both games, going the three-inning distance in each of the run-rule-shortened contests and no-hitting the Jaguars in the nightcap.

Jackie Lund and Vicky Krause each homered in Game 1; Lund, Isabel Krause and Shannon Walsh stroked round-trippers in the nightcap, according to Naples coach Jessica Costa.

A 13-run first inning in Game 1 and a 16-run third in the nightcap broke the games open for Naples, 10-0 overall and in the Southern Region. Sigonella fell to 0-10.

Lakenheath 11-25, Bitburg 1-1: Saturday at Lakenheath, Mariya Rivera stroked two triples in Game 1 to back winning pitcher Alli Midthun, and Rivera and Lexi Knupp each homered in the nightcap to lift Lakenheath to a 3-6 overall and Western Region record. Cambrea Fisher was three-for-four in Game 2, according to Lakenheath coach Greg Thomas.

Schweinfurt 15-15, Heidelberg 13-9: According to Heidelberg coach Brenda Hoff, Game 1, tied at 12 after regulation, went to the tiebreaker. Schweinfurt prevailed through the rain to improve to 7-5 overall and 5-5 in the Eastern Region.

Heidelberg fell to 6-4, 6-4.

Ramstein 16-12, Baumholder 0-0: At Ramstein, the Royals jumped out to a 7-0 lead in Game 1 and coasted behind the pitching of Savannah Brooks, who helped her own cause with four RBIs. She pitched all three innings the game lasted.

Also driving in four in the opener was Lizzie Watson.

Brooks tossed her second shutout in the nightcap as Ramstein improved to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the Western Region. Baumholder fell to 1-10, 1-9.


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