Softball Naples ups its record to 8-0
Clara Davis pitched Naples to two victories, and Caitlyn Eckert won a third game for the defending European Division II champions during a four-team high school softball round-robin on the Lady Wildcats’ home field Friday and Saturday.
Eckert pitched the first two innings of Friday’s 23-3 romp over Vicenza, ended by the 15-run courtesy rule after three innings. Eckert allowed just two hits and struck out two. Jackie Lund drove in two runs with two hits.
In Friday’s second game, Davis went the five-inning distance in a 16-5 victory over Aviano. Davis, who struck out four, dove in two runs to back her own cause.
Davis came back Saturday morning to down Aviano again, this time 12-2. Davis allowed just one earned run in her five-inning, route-going performance.
Tori Ward, who drove in four runs, and Shannon Walsh each went 2-for-4 for Naples, which saw its record jump to 8-0 when Vicenza (0-6) was forced to forfeit Saturday’s scheduled game against the Lady Wildcats because of too many injured players.
In other weekend softball:
Ramstein 17-12, AFNORTH 3-0: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, Kayla Puttus pitched three innings of no-hit ball in the opener, and All-European Lindsey Jones allowed just one hit in her three innings of work in the nightcap as the defending European D-I champs improved to 6-0 overall and in Western Region play.
Puttus, who struck out eight in going the seven-inning distance, eventually allowed six hits, but coasted behind five doubles in six trips to the plate by All-European Jones, who played shortstop in the opener.
In her victory, Jones was backed by outfielder Rachel Vroegindewey, who was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. The sweep dropped AFNORTH to 2-6.
Patch 25-22, Manheim 2-0: Saturday at Stuttgart, Patch pitchers allowed just one hit in the combined seven innings played.
Vanessa Adderty no-hit the Lady Bison (1-7) in her complete-game, four-inning stint in the opener. Victoria Harvey drove in five runs while going 4-for-5; her teammates Jessie Rahn and Katlyn Tingey drove in three and two runs, respectively.
In the nightcap, All-European Bianca Lopez allowed just one hit and more than supported her own cause by swatting three home runs. Emily Gush drove in four runs for Patch (8-0), and Lauren Tannenbaum drove in three runs on her 4-for-4 game.
Hohenfels 10-12, Heidelberg 1-0: Saturday at Hohenfels, Mackenzie Bryant clubbed a three-run homer in the opener and a two-run shot in the nightcap to lead the sweep.
Bryant, however was just one of three Lady Tigers (6-2 overall and in Eastern Region) to go yard twice on Saturday. Caroline Bourgeois hit two homers in Game 1 and Tasia Hall stroked two round-trippers in the nightcap to help All-Europe pitcher Mandy LaVanway win both games.
Missy Guelle struck nine in the opener for Heidelberg (3-5 overall and in the region).
Kaiserslautern 15-11, SHAPE 0-12: Saturday in rainy Kaiserslautern, Ashley VanAmberg, backed by Kaylin Hesler’s three-run homer, no-hit the Lady Spartans in the opener.
But the Lady Raiders (7-1) fell for the first time this season in the nightcap on Emily Waterman’s two-run double in the bottom of the final inning.
Maddie Sears struck out eight for SHAPE (5-3) in that game.
Vilseck 15-19, Bamberg 14-6: Saturday at Vilseck, Deraj’ McClinton raced home with the winning run on an overthrow to cap a five-run, bottom-of-the-final-inning rally that overcame two home runs by Bamberg’s Jasmine Collins.
Buoyed by the rally, Kim Acuna’s two-run homer and four Nicole Suchy RBIs, the Falcons (6-2) made a winner of Alex Velez for the second time in the nightcap. The sweep dropped Bamberg to 4-4.