Staff Sgt. Vintavius Stovall, player for Swift and Deadly, scores a run, narrowly making it past Ed Miranda, catcher for the Lowe Ballers, during an intramural softball game at the Fort Rucker softball fields July 1. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)
Published: July 7, 2014
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (July 7, 2014) -- As the Fort Rucker Intramural Softball regular season winds down, teams are going head to head to fight for a spot in the championship, and one team is looking to secure its spot at the top.
The 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment’s Swift and Deadly beat the 1st Bn., 212th Avn. Regt. Lowe Ballers, 17-2, in a game where errors played a large part in the outcome.
“We’re feeling really good about the win tonight,” said Staff Sgt. Robert Ballard, coach of Swift and Deadly, “We’ve got one more game left in the regular season and hopefully we’ll be able to finish on top.”
Ballard said it was a combination of superior hitting and defense that allowed them to overtake their opponents so extensively, and feels fully confident that his team has a shot at the championship.
Swift started the game at the plate and was off to a slow start with a pop fly to left field for the first out of the game. They quickly recovered with a base hit to center field, but were unable to continue their momentum.
The Lowe Ballers seemed to start off on the same foot, managing a base hit during their time at the plate, but were also unable to keep it going as the first inning ended in a scoreless tie.
It was in the second inning that Swift and Deadly began to shine as they hit their stride, despite a slow start with two outs early in the inning.
They managed to muster their offense and hit base hit after base hit, allowing for their first score of the game. The 1-13th managed to bring in three runs before a pop up in the infield ended their time at the plate.
The Lowe Ballers needed to step up their offense if they wanted to stay in the game, but their chances didn’t look promising as they were unable to keep the ball on the ground with three pop flies in a row, giving their opponents the chance to extend their lead.
Up by three runs, Swift and Deadly had the advantage going into the third inning and were determined to keep their momentum moving forward.
They were able to get two players on base early in the inning with two walks, and a pop fly to center field allowed a player to steal third and home to extend their lead.
The Lowe Ballers defense seemed to falter as the 1-13th managed to keep the ball on the ground and bring in run after run, including an in-the-park home run thanks to errors by the 1-212th.
Errors seemed to be the name of the game for the Lowe Ballers as their players couldn’t quite seem to get a grip on the ball, fumbling throws and catches left and right.
Swift and Deadly continued their onslaught and managed to bring in 13 runs during their time at the plate before a line drive to the pitcher, which counts as an out in intramural softball, sent them back into the outfield.
The Lowe Ballers had their work cut out for them going into the bottom of the third and started their time at the plate with two outs in a row.
Despite the two outs, the 1-212th’s offense stepped up and were able to get players on base, and finally managed to get on the scoreboard with a two-run RBI, but a pop fly to left field ended their mini-streak as their opponent’s sent them packing.
As Swift and Deadly took to the plate, it seemed inevitable that they would further extend their lead as they loaded the bases, but the Lowe Ballers defense went to work and put an end to the threat.
The 1-13th’s defense followed suit, however, as they tightened up their defense, not allowing the Lowe Ballers the chance to close the gap.
Going into the fifth inning, Swift and Deadly continued to keep the ball on the ground to get runners on base, and managed another run to further extend their lead before their time at the plate ended.
As the Lowe Ballers took to the plate, it was their last chance to stay in the game. They needed six runs in the inning to stay in the game, but Swift and Deadly’s defense proved too much and the game ended in the bottom of the fifth, 17-2.
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