Vilseck hurlers stifle Bamberg bats
Taylor Hall and Deraj’ McClinton continued their pitching dominance Saturday, hurling the unbeaten Vilseck Lady Falcons to 24-1 and 22-1 victories over Eastern Region rival Bamberg.
Hall allowed no hits and no earned runs in the three innings the opener lasted, according to Vilseck coach Jim Hall. The younger Hall, who was three-for-three at the plate with three RBIs, struck out six and walked just one.
Joining Hall in leading Vilseck’s 11-hit Game-1 attack were McClinton, also three-for-three with three RBIs, and Stefanie Leitold, who drove in two runs in her two-for-two outing.
McClinton allowed just two hits and one earned run in going four innings in the nightcap, fanning eight.
Ashton Wiggins stroked and solo home run and drove in two additional runs, Hall was three-for-four which accounted for three RBIs, and McClinton, Nicole Wheat and Destiny Hebron also drove in a run each as the Lady Falcons improved to 6-0. Bamberg fell to 0-6.
In other softball of note:
Naples 20-13, Aviano 13-7: Saturday at Aviano, three-time defending European Division II champion Naples rode three home runs off the bat of Davina Gurierrez to the sweep, which the unbeaten Lady Wildcats posted in spite of seven total RBIs by Aviano’s Lauren Cox.
Aviano, which swept visiting Sigonella 18-3 and 13-3 on Friday, is 4-4 and idle until a scheduled home doubleheader May 5 against Vicenza.
Naples, too, is off until May 5, when the Lady Wildcats are scheduled to host Sigonella.
Schweinfurt 13-15, Ansbach 3-3: Saturday at Schweinfurt, pitchers Alyssa Garrido and Katherine Street picked up the victories that allowed the Lady Razorbacks, 5-3 overall, to even their Eastern Region record at 3-3.
According to Schweinfurt coach Julia Heintz, Garrido struck out five in the opener. Garrido, who tripled in the game, and Brittany Waters each had three hits and drove in two runs.
Also driving in a pair of Schweinfurt runs were Samatha Fox and Danae Shreve.
Street helped her own cause in Game 2 by driving in two runs during her two-for-three outing. Abby Bernardino also was two-for-three.
Ansbach fell to 0-6 going into Saturday’s doubleheader against visiting Wiesbaden. Schweinfurt is to travel to defending D-I champion Patch the same day.
AFNORTH 9-34, Lakenheath 7-8: Saturday at Lakenheath, according to Lakenheath coach Gregory Thomas, Morgan Beal struck out eight and picked up the Game 1 victory behind four hits from Rachel Pagio and three by Madison Puckett.
Lexi Knupp and Erica Ripley each tripled for Lakenheath, which got three hits each from Cambrea Fisher and Knupp and two from Ripley.
AFNORTH, however, unlimbered the power in the nightcap, improving to 6-0 overall and in the region.
Shelby McCarver and Ashley Fowler each stroked grand slams and drove in six runs to make the game a dance for winning pitcher Rylee McKinney.
Knupp tripled for the second straight game for Lakenheath, which fell to 0-6 and takes on visiting Rota on Saturday.
AFNORTH is scheduled to host Ramstein the same day.