Patch sweeps on perfect game
Dylan Measells had the perfect ending to Patch’s sweep of Mannheim on Saturday.
After Patch All-European Justin Phelps had one-hit Mannheim 9-0 in the opening game of a DODDS-Europe baseball doubleheader, Measells retired all 15 batters he faced in a run-rule, five-inning, 14-0 perfect game in the nightcap.
Phelps pitched a complete-game one-hitter in the six-inning, time-limited opener.
Phelps, who homered in his three trips to the plate, struck out 14 and walked just one.
Mannheim pitcher Thomas Findlay, who gave up seven hits and struck out six, got Mannheim’s lone hit.
Grant Trochesset was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Ryan Tannenbaum went 2-for 3 in the opener.
In Game 2, Measells fanned nine of the 15 batters he faced.
His perfect day was saved by two good plays at second base by Garik Stein — and when Andrew Simmons’ two-strike, two-out line drive down the third-base line in the bottom of the final inning landed foul by inches. Measells then struck out Simmons with a curve to end the game.
Stein and Tannenbaum each drove in three runs for Patch, which banged out 14 hits in Game 2. Phelps doubled and tripled in two at-bats, and Measells had a double among his two hits. Cavan Cohoes was 2-for-2 for Patch (6-0 in East Region play).
In other weekend high school baseball:
Kaiserslautern 4, SHAPE 2: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the Red Raiders got one game in before the rain came.
Michael Cassaboom, who pitched the first four innings of the five-inning game, improved to 3-0 by scattering four hits, striking out six and walking just two.
Ian Acosta came in to register the save in the final inning despite giving up two hits.
Aaren Blossom drove in two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies for Kaiserslautern (5-1).
Joe Broughton went the distance for SHAPE (2-1), allowing five hits, striking out five and walking five. He singled and doubled in three trips to the plate, and his catcher, Mitchell Goff, also was 2-for-3.
Vicenza 3, Naples 2: Friday at Naples, Jack Buffington allowed two singles, both by John O’Higgins, and the Cougars prevailed despite getting just one hit. It was Buffington’s second victory over the Wildcats this season.
"He had tremendous command of his breaking ball," Naples coach Duke Marlow said of Buffington. "I told him after the game I’d never seen him pitch better."
Naples 5, Aviano 2: Friday at Naples, freshman Matt Gardner tossed 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball to collect his first varsity victory. Aviano’s runs were unearned.
Aviano 23, Naples 4: Saturday at Naples, Nick Ackett struck out seven and allowed five hits in his five-inning, complete-game victory.
Ackett also drove in six runs in a 3-for-3 outing. Trey Lee knocked in five Aviano runs on a 3-for-5 effort.
Aviano, which led by seven runs in the fourth inning, put the game away with a 12-run fifth.
Ramstein 13-9, AFNORTH 3-5: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, Ramstein turned on the power as Matt Chodzko stroked a two-run homer in the opener and All-European Josh Sloan went 5-for-7 on the day.
Jon Grotelueschen was the Game 1 winner, and Finn Friedberger prevailed in Game 2 for the Royals (6-2 overall and in Western Region play).
Jake Reynolds was 6-for-6 with a three-run homer for AFNORTH, which was playing its first official games of the season.