Wayne Stell, Plug Uglies player, takes a swing during a Fort Rucker intramural softball game at the Fort Rucker softball fields June 16. Plug Uglies downed Dustoff, 15-4. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)
Published: June 19, 2014
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (June 19, 2014) -- Fort Rucker’s intramural softball season is well under way and teams are fighting for a shot at the championship, and the Plug Uglies have the crown in their sights.
The Fort Rucker Fire Department Plug Uglies beat the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine’s Dustoff 15-4 with a combination of base hits, home runs and double plays.
“Tonight we had a solid win. We played well and didn’t have many errors,” said Capt. Wayne Stell, Plug Uglies player. “We all came together and I think we did a really good job.”
Plug Uglies started off at the plate and got going early with a base hit, followed by a walk to get two runners on the bases. A double to center field allowed for an RBI for the team’s first of many runs in the game.
A pop up to second managed to make its way through the hands of a Dustoff player, allowing for another run, and by this time, Plug Uglies had set the pace for the game.
The firefighters would bring in another RBI before pop flies sent them back into the field, leading 3-0.
Dustoff had their work cut out for them as they took to the plate, and started off on the right foot with three consecutive hits, allowing for their first run to get on the scoreboard.
But after that promising start, the Plug Uglies’ defense went to work and sent them packing with a double play at second and first to end the inning up 3-1.
The Firefighters were determined to extend their lead, but their opponent’s defense started to tighten up to hold them off.
Despite their tight defense, The USASAM team allowed a few balls to slip by, allowing for two of their opponents to get on the bases, a mistake that cost them dearly as Stell hammered a 3-run home run before heading back into the field.
Dustoff, behind by 7 runs, had to step up their game if they wanted a chance at catching up to their opponents.
They managed to find the gaps in the Plug Uglies defense to load the bases, but ended the inning scoreless as the Firefighter’s defense tightened up, holding them back.
Going into the third inning, Plug Uglies managed a couple of hits, but Dustoff’s defense didn’t falter and allowed no runs.
USASAM now had their chance to close the scoring gap as they took to the plate, and managed to rustle up their offense to get players on the bases with base hits, followed by a 2-run shot.
They managed to find their stride bringing in three runners during their time at the plate, but still found themselves down 8-4.
Plug seemed to find their second wind going into the fourth inning, and managed to push past Dustoff’s defense to bring in two runs before a streak of pop flies sent them back into the outfield.
The USASAM team tried to keep up their momentum, but Plug Uglies’ stopping power didn’t allow their opponents to score again for the remainder of the game.
Going into the fifth inning, Plug Uglies started off with a two-base hit, followed by base hit after base hit allowing for multiple RBIs.
They managed to load the bases at one point, allowing for a shot to center field that slipped right through the hands of an opposing player to bring in three runs and extending their lead to 11 runs before a pop fly gave Dustoff their chance at the plate.
The USASAM team had to close the scoring gap in order to stay in the game, but the Firefighters’ defense was too strong and Dustoff wasn’t able to score a run for the inning, ending the game 15-4.
“I just think we played better and we played together really well, and that’s what helped us win,” said Stell.
This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/128498/
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