Softball: Smashing start for McClinton, Vilseck in opener
Vilseck’s Deraj’ McClinton got the DODDS-Europe softball season off to a smashing start Saturday.
In the first game of a season-opening doubleheader, McClinton, a sophomore, went 4-for-4 with a grand slam and pitched the Falcons to a 24-9 victory over the Mannheim Lady Bison.
She then went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer in the nightcap as Vilseck completed the sweep with a 16-4 victory.
Alex Velez grabbed the pitching victory in the second game.
In other softball games of note on opening day:
Patch 6-12, Hohenfels 5-2: At Hohenfels, Division I contender Patch rode the bat of Anne Wasson to two victories over All-Europe pitcher Mandy LaVanway.
Wasson homered in the opener to back the eight-strikeout pitching of Vanessa Aderley, who had just enough stuff to hold off the Tigers. All-European Kayla Starnes tripled home three runs for Hohenfels and then stole home to keep the game close.
Patch All-Europe Bianca Lopez took over in Game 2, striking out 11 in a game called by the 10-run rule after five innings. Lopez stroked a home run among her three hits, and Wasson and Kara Johnson each tripled for Patch.
LaVanway struck out six in the opener and five in the nightcap.
Heidelberg 15-31, Ansbach 7-6: At Heidelberg, Aileen Donnelly, who drove in three runs in the opener, picked up a no-hit victory in the nightcap, called after three innings by the 15-run courtesy rule.
Melissa Guelle, who struck out 11 in four innings in the opener, drove in six runs in the nightcap with a single, double and three-run homer. Guelle allowed just one hit in her Game 1 pitching appearance, a fourth-inning double by Ansbach’s Amanda Miller. Mackenzie Clarke drove in two runs to back Guelle’s pitching.
Heidelberg’s Tiari Barrera finished with four RBIs on two singles and a triple.
Alconbury 14-8, AFNORTH 8-7: At Alconbury, Tasha Matthews pitched both victories, and Ashley Steele was a combined 6-for-9 in the sweep.
Steele, who stroked two triples and a single and drove in four runs in the opener, scored the winning run in the nightcap when she singled to open the final inning of a 7-7 game and scored the eventual winning run on Ashley Uballe’s single.
Matthews made the run stand up by striking out the side in the bottom of the inning of a game in which the visitors become the home team in the second games of doubleheaders. The three whiffs raised Matthews’ strikeout total in Game 2 to 11.
Wiesbaden 13-4, Bamberg 12-14: At Wiesbaden, Game 1 winner Darian Sealy went 4-for-4 at the plate, including a double and triple, and grabbed the victory despite issuing 10 walks. She struck out five.
Katherine Street fanned seven in pitching Bamberg to the split in the nightcap.
Rain in Ramstein: At Ramstein, rain washed out the scheduled doubleheader against Baumholder.