Raider baseballers sweep past Vilseck

Story and photos by Thomas Warner
contributing writer

Kaiserslautern’s baseball team worked out this week in preparation for a key series on the road against Wiesbaden.

Kaiserslautern journeyed to Vilseck and won two baseball games last weekend to bring their season record to 4-2. The Raiders had a midweek game against Frankfurt International School before resuming division play with a road game series Saturday at Wiesbaden.

Ronin Sherman was the winning pitcher in game one when Kaiserslautern prevailed, 9-6, despite tapping only five hits. Justice Harper and Nolan Sherman threw in relief after Ronin Sherman allowed five hits and struck out nine Vilseck batters.

Kaden Senkbeil had a double and combined with Nolan Sherman for four runs batted in. Colin Zayd drew two walks and scored twice. Six errors by Vilseck hurt their chances but Ronin Sherman’s pitching, with nine strikeouts, also pushed the Raiders to victory.


“Vilseck really hit it well in the first game but we got a handle on it and our pitchers held them down in the second one,” said Kaiserslautern head coach Justin Bates.

In game two, Kaiserslautern scored 11 runs in the first frame and wound up winning 14-2. The Raiders benefitted from 11 walks issued by Vilseck pitching but also had six players registering hits. Ronin Sherman scored three of the KHS runs while three other players crossed the plate twice.

Nolan Sherman, Kenyon Jiles and Taylor Moore combined for seven Raider RBIs in the rout. The Vilseck team was held to just two hits as Nolan Sherman and Kaden Senkbeil combined nicely on the mound.

Ramstein splits games against Stuttgart

Ramstein High was defeated 9-4 in its first game Saturday vs. Stuttgart but took it personal in game two and evened things with a 14-1 victory. Visiting squad Stuttgart scored runs in every inning but one enroute to the opening win even as starter Kaleb Bellew put up eight strikeouts on the RHS mound.

Bellew helped himself with two hits in that loss then had two more in the second-game win. The Royals only got four hits in the morning game but came back with 14 in the subsequent win, when pitchers Nemo Kindle, Chris Guzaldo, and Ethan Smith held Stuttgart batters to just two hits.

Luke Brooks had three raps with three runs batted in for RHS while Guzaldo scored four times and joined Bellew with two hits. Kindle walked and scored three times and the Royals got two RBI from Jeremy LeClair.

Ramstein now has a 4-2 record and is scheduled to play again at home, on Southside Field, in a pair of games Saturday against the Vilseck Falcons.

SOCCER

Kaiserslautern boys, girls win four games

The DODEA boys’ champions released some frustration after early-season losses when they swept past visiting Alconbury and Lakenheath.

Pablo Zorrilla, Tyler Jankowski, Philipp Rimmler, and Jaheim Allen each had at least one goal in the Alconbury win. Zorrilla, Jankowski and Daniel Hilton then had scores to lead the way against Lakenheath.

The KHS girls now have a 2-2-1 record after having closer games but still getting wins. They slipped past Alconbury 2-1 and posted a 5-0 win over Lakenheath. “I was really impressed with how those opponents came in and played so hard against a larger school here at Kaiserslautern,” said Lady Raiders’ coach Sue Fitzpatrick. “They competed hard and it was what we needed, to be tested as we continue our season. We had several players absent for various reasons in our previous games and this was the first time we had a full roster.”

Ramstein girls tie Stuttgart; boys win 4-3

Jaden Buelvas had two goals, to go with one each from Chris Sloven and Gavin McMillan, as Ramstein got a league win over the Panthers. Ramstein saw a three-goal lead evaporate but held on to win as goalkeeper Jason Thomas played solid in the nets for the Royals. Sloven also registered an assist on one of the Royals’ goals.

The Lady Royals got a first-half goal from Haley Deome but had to settle for a 1-1 tie match. In junior varsity games, Ramstein’s boys won 6-0 but the girls were defeated 4-0. The soccer teams from Ramstein will host SHAPE this weekend but campus construction will again push the games to either Reichenbach-Steegen or the field at Kaiserslautern High.

CORRECTION: An earlier story in the KA should have read that Kaiserslautern avoided being swept when the junior varsity girls won 2-1 against Ramstein before spring break.

TRACK AND FIELD

Kaiserslautern girls third;
Ramstein boys first

The first meet of the high school season happened at Wiesbaden last weekend and Kaiserslautern was the third best girls team overall despite not having star senior Jada Branch, who is nursing an injury. Branch is not expected to compete again this weekend at a home meet that will take place at the complex on Vogelweh Air Base.

The Ramstein boys used hurdles wins by Jackie Harris plus first place runs in the 800 and 1,600 meters by Jose Serrano to earn first place overall. Kaiserslautern wound up in second place.

Any area first, second or third place winners are listed below, with times accompanying top performers from KMC schools.

Jose Serrano

BOYS

100 meters

2. Gevaughn Bracey – Ramstein (11.75)

400 meters

2. Conner Looney – Ramstein (53.44)

800 meters

1. Jose Serrano – Ramstein (2.00:91)

3. Nick Clinton – Ramstein

1600 meters

1. Jose Serrano – Ramstein (4.36:28)

3. Joseph Purvis – Kaiserslautern

3200 meters

2. Logan Shelley – Ramstein (10.43:29)

3. Joseph Purvis – Kaiserslautern

110 meter hurdles

1. Jackie Harris – Ramstein (16.28)

3. Jacob Winchell – Kaiserslautern

300 meter hurdles

1. Jackie Harris – Ramstein (44.56)

2. Jerrod Little – Ramstein

4×100 meter relay

1. Ramstein (43.71)

3. Kaiserslautern

4×400 meter relay

2. Ramstein (3.47:82)

4×800 meter relay

1. Kaiserslautern (8.48:96)

2. Ramstein

SMR Relay

1. Ramstein (3.56:51)

2. Kaiserslautern

Shot Put

2. Austin Higby – Kaiserslautern (40-01)

Discus

1. Austin Higby – Kaiserslautern (124-05)

High Jump

1. Tre Dotson – Kaiserslautern (6-01)

3. Christian Lowe – Ramstein

Long Jump

1. Bryce Thomas – Ramstein (19-04.5)

Triple Jump

3. Jason Jones – Ramstein (40-01.5)

Kaiserslautern’s Austin Higby won the discus event and Zhane Williams took first place in the shot put at last weekend’s meet in Wiesbaden.

GIRLS

3200 meters

2. Mackenzie Perkes – Ramstein (12:56.5)

3. Kristin Lucero – Ramstein

110 meter hurdles

1. Isabella Pacheco – Kaiserslautern (17.86)

2. Sybella Crespo – Ramstein

300 meter hurdles

1. Masaya Archbold – Ramstein (51.12)

3. Sybella Crespo – Ramstein

4×100 meter relay

2. Kaiserslautern (53.28)

3. Ramstein

4×400 meter relay

2. Kaiserslautern (4:39.62)

3. Ramstein

4×800 meter relay

2. Ramstein (11:26.55)

SMR Relay

3. Kaiserslautern (5:09.02)

Shot Put

1. Zhane Williams – Kaiserslautern (30-01.5)

3. Mercedes Durden – Kaiserslautern

Discus

2. Mercedes Durden – Kaiserslautern (80-01)

High Jump

3. Ciera Babb – Ramstein (40-09)

Long Jump

2. Christierra Williams – Ramstein (15-10)

3. Ciera Babb – Ramstein

Triple Jump

1. Christierra Williams – Ramstein (34-07)

Baumholder track has multiple producers

Nate Horton won the boys 200 meters and the high jump while Solo Turgeon won the 300 meter hurdles to pace the Buccaneers at a meet hosted by Lakenheath. Lorne Huxtable also took first place in both the triple jump and the 110 meter hurdles.

Turgeon was second in the long jump and the Buccaneers won first and second place with two separate contingents in the 4×400 meter relay. In field events, Lyndon Winfrey took second in both the discus and shot put. Jeremiah Christopher was third in the shot, Amir Jones-Scott was third in the 800 meters. Jesse Espinoza had a second place run in the 3,200 meters and was third in the 1,600.

SOFTBALL

Anni Nozaki

Ramstein topples Stuttgart

The Lady Royals scored two wins over Stuttgart as Abby Walker gave complete games on the mound and was backed by high-grade offensive support in the form of 43 total base hits. Walker struck out eight Stuttgart batters in a 24-12 second-game win and yielded several Stuttgart hits but her offensive support was sensational all day.

In game two, Ramstein was paced by Abby Hollenbeck’s five base hits plus a home run, triple, and double by Savanna Sparrow. Anni Nozaki also had five base hits with three RBI, while Azure Agricula had four hits and Madison Jarvis had three.

Ramstein won the first game 15-6 when Agricula punched a home run among her three hits and four RBI, then the Royals got two hits apiece from Nozaki, Sparrow, and Mikaela McBroom. Sparrow had two triples was joined by Jarvis with two RBI for the winners. Ramstein was also aided by triples from Sydney Smith and Patricia Leon-Guerrero during the doubleheader win.

Kaiserslautern splits with Vilseck

The Lady Raiders won their opener 13-2 but got tangled up in a closer affair for game two and lost 14-11. Vilseck used six runs in the first inning of game two to position for their win. Ally Alamos had eight strikeouts as the winning pitcher in the opener and walked none.

Alamos, Phoenix Wissenand, and Marianna Conklin each had three hits and that trio also combined for 10 runs batted in. “We couldn’t get our bats going and we made some errors that we couldn’t overcome in the second game,” said KHS head coach Jesse Costa.

Kaiserslautern got five RBI collectively from Conklin, Whissenand, and Alamos but was in trouble following the big first frame by Vilseck. The Lady Raiders will be on the road at Wiesbaden in a Saturday set.