Vilseck, Bamberg have good days on diamonds
This story has been corrected.
A softball no-hitter by Deraj’ McClinton highlighted the Vilseck Falcons’ day on the diamonds Saturday as they swept visiting Ansbach in softball and baseball.
McClinton got the ball rolling with a 16-1 victory. Taylor Hall and freshman Kayla Clamage followed that up with a combined two-hitter in a 14-7 triumph.
Vilseck’s boys were equally successful in the win column, edging Ansbach, 6-5, in the opener of their baseball twin bill and closing with a 15-7 verdict.
McClinton, who struck out nine and walked just two, backed her own cause with three RBIs, including two on a homer, on a 2-for-2 day at the plate. Kim Akuna, who tripled and drove in a run, Alex Lopez, who had a pair of RBIs, and Destiny Hebron each also stroked two hits for Vilseck.
In Game 2, Hall, who clubbed a solo home run, struck out four in her two innings of work as Vilseck improved to 6-0. Eve Herbert and Taylor Watson each drove in runs in the game shortened to four innings by the time limit.
Next up for Vilseck is a game at Bamberg on April 30. Ansbach (1-3) is scheduled to resume play the same day at Wiesbaden.
For the Vilseck boys, Ben Blackburn pitched five innings to pick up the opening-game victory, striking out five, walking three and surrendering six hits, half of them to Ansbach’s Damon Adler.
For Vilseck (2-2), according to coach Dave Nelson, Chris Nelson went 3-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run and a double, while Kelley Anderson also doubled during his 2-for-2 effort.
In Game 2, coach Nelson reported, Michael Cook went the five-inning distance for the victory, striking out five, walking three and surviving six Vilseck errors.
Chris Nelson again banged out three hits, including a triple. Anderson, Riley Fees and Damon Ellison, who doubled, each stroked two hits.
Jose Fuentes had two hits for Ansbach (0-6) in the nightcap.
The Cougars are next scheduled to play at Wiesbaden on April 30. Next up for Vilseck is an April 30 doubleheader at Bamberg.
In other play on the diamonds:
Bamberg boys 21-15, Hohenfels 1-3: Saturday at Hohenfels, Dillon Luedtke, Julio Rivera and Derek Shreve did most of the heavy lifting to fuel Bamberg’s baseball sweep.
Luedtke went the distance in the opener, shortened to three innings by the 15-run rule. He struck out six, walked three and allowed just two hits.
Luedtke got more than enough batting support, according to Bamberg coach Jim Davis, from Romero, who was 3-for-3 with five RBIs.
In Game 2, Shreve pitched two of the three innings the game lasted, striking out four and walking three. Luedtke backed him with a 3-for-3 game at the plate.
Stephen Schafer took the loss for Hohenfels, despite fanning six in his three innings of work and going 2-for-2 at the plate. The Tigers’ John Spiszer also went 2-for-2 in the second game.
Bamberg (3-1) and Hohenfels (1-5) are both idle until April 30, when Bamberg is scheduled to host Vilseck and Hohenfels is ticketed for a doubleheader in Heidelberg.
Bamberg girls 17-11, Hohenfels 12-1: Saturday at Hohenfels, Bamberg upped its season record to 5-1 with the sweep in softball.
Bamberg, which got a triple and two RBIs from Katherine Street and three RBIs each from Ashley Dowdy and Keaton Poppe, next hosts Vilseck on April 30.
Hohenfels fell to 0-6 going into its next game, April 30, at Heidelberg.
CorrectionThe names of Julio Rivera, Dillon Luedtke and Stephen Schafer were originally spelled incorrectly in this article.