The KMC Little League All-Star team earned a spot in the Little League World Series by beating Ukraine 10-0 in five innings.
This win marked the first time since 1999 that Ramstein, a Department
of Defense team, has made it to the Little League World Series.
KMC got things started in the second inning after pitcher Cody “Frodo” Prince hit a leadoff single. On a base hit, catcher Matthew “Zimmy” Zembraski stole second and went to third on a fastball and scored on a line drive from infielder Dan “Flapjack” Tolarchyk.
In the third inning, second baseman Jacob “Vanholba” Van Parys hit a solo blast over the left centerfield fence, making it 2-0 after three innings.
The fourth inning brought more of the same scoring KMC All-Star fans have come to expect after third baseman Mike “Begal” Bega hit a single to scoring first baseman Mackenzie “M&M” Mueller.
Soon after, shortstop Chris “Holbasaur” Holba hit a single to score leftfielder Tyler “TP” Pecht. VanParys ended the inning scoring when he hit a double to score Bega and Holba.
The All-Stars erupted for another four runs in the fifth when Prince started the inning with a walk and Zembraski grounded into a fielder’s choice at second. Zembraski scored from first when the rightfielder misplayed a Flapjack fly ball. All-Star centerfielder Santee “Stinger” Jackson hit a bunt forcing multiple errors and scoring Tolarchyk and Jackson.
The KMC All-Stars finished the tournament by scoring 87 while giving up only five runs. Holba, who pitched most of the game, ended up throwing 76 pitches, 11 strike-outs, while giving up only one walk and one hit.
“These kids are on cloud nine right now. I don’t think they really know or fully understand what it is they’ve just accomplished but I’m sure it will sink in soon,” said Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Daubert, father of centerfielder Tylour Daubert.
The KMC All-Stars Little League Team is going to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., and AFN TV will be broadcasting their first three games live on AFN Family.
The first game is scheduled for 9 p.m. Central European Time
Aug. 21, when the All-Stars go head-to-head with the Little League team from China. Games scheduled for August 24 and 25 will both be aired on AFN Family live.
“As a parent I’m just so proud of my son and the rest of the team,” Chief Daubert said. “It really doesn’t matter what happens from here on out – a once in a lifetime experience they will never forget. They have made us all extremely proud.”