Capt. Brad Pearson, player for the Bama Bombers, connects with the ball during an intramural softball game at the Fort Rucker softball fields April 26. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)
Published: April 29, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (April 29, 2016) -- With the weather warming up, recreation is making its way outdoors, and Fort Rucker’s 2016 Intramural Softball season is now in full swing as teams battle it out on the road to the championship.
Two teams that took to the field were the Garrison Holy Hitters and the Bama Bombers, a team made up of Soldiers from various units. The Bombers would be the one to take victory, defeating their opponents 15-3 during one of the first games of the season.
Capt. Sean Boniface, A Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment and captain for the Bama Bombers, said it was his team’s superior athleticism that helped them to pull out the win.
“I think we had some solid plays and our lineup was hitting pretty well. We had solid fielding, so we just had solid game play all around,” he said. “For what we lack in softball skills or understanding, I feel like we make up with athletic ability.”
That athletic ability and aggressive play from the start allowed the Bombers to end the game in five innings, since they had a 12-run lead.
Holy Hitters took to the plate to start things off, but weren’t able to connect well enough to get on and managed a string of base hits to get runners on base. They weren’t able to keep their hitting streak going, however, quickly racking up three outs.
In contrast to the Holy Hitters start, the Bama Bombers were able to get a man on base with their first at bat and their advance didn’t stop there as they followed up with two more shots to left field, bringing in two runs before their first out.
A subsequent string of errors by the garrison team allowed the Bombers to bring in run after run to build a 5-0 lead after one inning.
Holy Hitters had a lot of ground to make up for as they took to the plate, but despite getting runners on base, they weren’t able to get through the Bombers defense as they were sent back into the field still scoreless.
Bama Bombers took to the plate as aggressively as before and continued their onslaught, managing to hit the ball where the fielders weren’t to extend their lead to 11-0 after two innings.
Holy Hitters knew it was time to rally if they wanted to stay in the game, and they did just that with a string of base hits to start the inning, eventually bringing in two runs to get on the scoreboard. Their string wouldn’t last for long, though, as the Bama Bombers stepped up their defense to halt them in their tracks, still commanding a substantial 11-2 lead.
As the Bombers took to the plate, their play style remained aggressive with a string of hits to get players on base. But the Holy Hitters stepped up their defense play after play to quickly rack up three outs to send the Bombers back into the field with their first scoreless inning.
This was Holy Hitters’ chance to catch up, and a shot to left field and error by the Bama Bombers gave them that opportunity, which allowed for an in-the-park home run to score a run early into the fourth inning.
The garrison team wasn’t able to harness that momentum, though, as it was their only run for the inning and their final one for the game.
As the Bama Bombers took to the plate, they once again found their stride and were able to bring in another four runs during their time at bat, extending their lead to 15-3.
At the top of the fifth, the Holy Hitters had to bring in 3 runs to close the more than 10-run mercy rule gap if they wanted to remain in the game, but they weren’t able to do so and the game ended with the Bama Bombers victorious, 15-3.
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