LITTLE LEAGUE PLAYS BALL

DOD team represents Europe at Little League World Series

Story by Desiree Palacios
Photos by Senior Airman Andrew Lee

Europe's team stand for the National Anthem before their first game against Taipei.

Europe’s team stand for the National Anthem before their first game against Taipei. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Lee)

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The Kaiserslautern Military Community All-Stars team competed in the 2012 Little League World Series held in South Williamsport, Pa. on Aug. 16.

The 13-man team won the right to represent Europe at the LLWS by capturing the European title with a 14-0 record.

“It’s a humbling experience for them,” said Eric Vincent, team manager, about the team representing Europe. “These boys have a lot of heart and it’s been a great experience to be here.”

To win the European title and arrive at the 2012 Little League World Series, the KMC team had to compete against several teams throughout Germany. Once they won overall in Germany, they moved on to the European Little League championship in Poland in early August.

“(The KMC team) kind of feels like it’s their birth right (to win the European division),” said Vincent. “Because baseball is an American sport.”

Competing as Europe, the team lost to Asia-Pacific 14-1 in their first game on Aug. 16. In its second game of the double-elimination tournament, the team played the Caribbean on Aug. 18 and lost 14-2.

The team played one more game after they were eliminated from the tournament, playing against the Kearney Little League team from Kearney, Neb. They lost to the Mid-West team 17-1.

The unique aspect about Europe’s team is that it’s made up of dependents of Air Force, Army and Department of Defense civilians working in the KMC.

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