Prep softball roundup: Heidelberg stops Ramstein’s streak
HEIDELBERG, Germany — After Jenn Morton’s no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday boosted defending Division I champion Ramstein, the Lady Royals lost their first game since 2002.
Behind a four-hit, seven-strikeout performance by Hannah Havenar, Heidelberg stopped Ramstein’s 21-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.
The Lady Lions’ two-run third inning, built around four hits, pinned the first defeat on Ramstein since Heidelberg’s All-Europe pitcher, Meagan Perry, beat the Lady Royals 1-0 in the D-1 tournament in 2002. It was the first regular-season loss for Ramstein since 2001, and it came against a team coming off 17-1 and 21-9 losses the previous week against Lakenheath.
“We were a different team than we were last week in Lakenheath,” Heidelberg coach Al Simoncic said. “Today, we caught the ball in the air and on the ground.”
Morton, a two-time All-Europe selection, pitched a five-inning perfect game in Ramstein’s 10-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader that was ended by the 10-run rule. Morton faced the minimum 15 batters, striking out nine.
Tatreka Polite and Heather Steele each went 2-for-3 in the opener for Ramstein (7-1 overall, 3-1 D-1). Polite drove in four runs and Steele had a home run and drove in two runs.
Heidelberg, which plays at Kaiserslautern next Saturday, is 1-3 in league play. Ramstein travels to Lakenheath on Friday and Saturday for doubleheaders against the host Lancers and Wiesbaden.
Two no-hitters for Lakenheath
RAF LAKENHEATH, England — Amanda Hood tossed a no-hitter in the first game and combined with Brittany McCullough for a no-hitter in the nightcap as the Lakenheath Lady Lancers swept the Würzburg Lady Wolves 17-1 and 19-0.
Hood had two hits in the first game, which was stopped after four innings. She struck out 10 of the 15 batters she faced.
Hood collected two more hits and fanned three of the four batters she faced in her only inning in the second game. Morgan Parkerson went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Game 2. Megan Tetrault and Nicole Ferris added two hits each in the contest.
Lakenheath (4-0 D-1) hosts Ramstein (3-1) and Wiesbaden next weekend. Würzburg has a non-conference game at Hanau next Saturday.
Division II champ rebounds
MANNHEIM, Germany — Four-time defending Division II champion Bitburg, stunned 14-10 last weekend by the AFNORTH, rebounded on Saturday, sweeping Mannheim 21-12 and 15-5.
Krystle Vasquez was the winning pitcher in both games.
Kaitlyn Phillips had three hits for Bitburg in Saturday’s opener and Erica Winters banged out three hits in the nightcap. Bitburg also got two hits each from Amy Hughen in the opener and Ashley Gardner and Ashley Kazimer in the second game.
Krystal Salazar and Shnita Camts each had three-hit games for Mannheim.
AFNORTH sweeps Hanau
HANAU, Germany — Aubri West fanned 13 batters in Saturday’s second game to help AFNORTH complete a sweep of Hanau in a Division II doubleheader.
Laura Rivera homered in each game and went 3-for-5 in the Lions’ 20-7 victory in the opener. Freshman Victoria Webber also went 3-for-5 in the opener for the Lions (3-1 D-II). Catcher Crystal Roberts homered as AFNORTH won the nightcap 15-5.
Laytoya Elder went 3-for-3 in the opener for Hanau, which got a triple and single from Chassity Pellegrino. Pitcher Tiffany Loyal went 3-for-3 in the nightcap for the Panthers.
London Central wins twice against Giessen
GIESSEN, Germany — Ashley Willis and Mary Beth Tittle were the winning pitchers Friday in the Bobcats’ 17-0 and 20-9 victories over Giessen in Division III action.