Lackland Air Force Base, Texas –
A 15-minute rain shower would not delay the Intramural Softball Base Championship any longer July 30 as the 343rd Training Squadron faced the 651st Munitions Squadron "Ammo" in the third round of the tournament.
The game proved a slugfest as the teams exchanged leads during each of the first four innings. However, Ammo proved to have too much firepower, winning the game 15-10.
"I think the rain helped us out. It gave us a huge momentum swing because we are choppy hitters, not power hitters, so it definitely helped us out," said catcher Matt Lingelbach.
The 343rd TRS made it on the scoreboard first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Pitcher Adam Riley scored the first run of the game. The 343rd TRS finished the inning with seven hits, leaving three players stranded on base.
Ammo quickly answered in the second inning, scoring four runs. Shortstop Travis Moore led the charge, scoring the first run off of a sacrifice fly by extra hitter Kevin Bake. Second baseman Adam Albrecht then brought in first baseman Chris Lando and third baseman Neil Boddicker with his triple to a gaping hole in center field. Albrecht also scored off of a sacrifice fly by Lingelbach.
The 343rd TRS charged back in front, scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning. First baseman James Broker, outfielder Chad Welka and Riley all scored in the inning.
Ammo again took the lead in the top of the third inning, scoring three runs.
Outfielder Robert Hernandez was nearly hit in the head with a throw, as he slipped under the reach of 343rd TRS third baseman Frank Santiago, barely avoiding the tag.
Hernandez and left fielder Tim Egg would score in the inning off of Travis Moore's home run.
The 343rd TRS used the bottom of the third inning to score two runs and cling to an 8-7 lead halfway through the game.
Catcher Jacqueline Huddock scored in the third inning for the 343rd TRS. Huddock also played for the 37th Mission Support Group, which finished second in the women's softball tournament. Women are allowed to play in the men's league.
Ammo took the lead again, scoring two runs in the fourth inning off of a single by Robert Hernandez. The 343rd TRS could not respond, remaining scoreless in the inning.
"I just knew we had to stay consistent to stay ahead and we ended up just sticking it out," Lingelbach said.
Ammo scored three more runs in the fifth inning, led by Travis and Michael Moore and again scored three more runs in the sixth and final inning.
"Hopefully we will take it all," Lingelbach said.
Riley and Huddock scored for the 343rd TRS in the sixth inning, ending the game with two players stranded on base.