NEWS | May 16, 2013

437th AMXS tops 628th SFS in Softball Opener

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron defeated the 628th Security Forces Squadron 15 - 7 in the 2013 Intramural Softball Season Opener May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C.

Game highlights

1st inning
Both teams came out of the gates rusty as they were unable to score in the first inning.

2nd inning
AMXS' clean-up batter began the second inning with a lead-off triple and scores when Clifford Hartley, SFS left-center outfielder, misplayed a ball in the outfield. AMXS shortstop hit another triple to right field scoring the runner on second base. An error by Gary Reash, SFS' second baseman, led to another AMXS run. AMXS was only able to get three runs in the top of the second inning.

SFS was able to answer back in the bottom half of the inning by scoring four runs off of five straight singles and a couple of sacrifice flies. SFS ended the inning up 4 - 3.

3rd inning
The bats came alive in the top of the third inning, when AMXS combined five hits in the inning and scored four runs.

SFS wasted a lead-off double and went into the fourth inning down 4 - 7.

4th inning
AMXS added a couple more runs to their total when Johnathon Haney, AMXS right fielder, and Stephen Gasperic, AMXS left fielder, both hit RBI singles.

The combination of hits and an AMXS error lead to SFS scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning. AMXS went into the fifth inning with a 9 - 6 lead.

5th inning
In the top of the inning, AMXS went three up and three down.

SFS was able to add one run to their score, when Reash hit a lead-off triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. The score was now 9 - 7 AMXS.

6th inning
AMXS exploded for six runs in the top half of the sixth. The team nearly batted around their line-up as they added six hits to their total.

Despite a lead-off single by Robert Trout, SFS pitcher, and a walk by SFS right fielder Joseph Draper, SFS could not manufacture a run in the bottom half of the inning.

7th Inning
SFS was able to strike out an AMXS batter in the seventh inning and turn a 6-4-3 (shortstop to second baseman to first baseman) double play to put the bats back in their hands.

But the cops could only manage one hit in the bottom of the last inning; AMXS went on to win the game 15 - 7.

The season continues until August 2013, and games will be played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Fields 1 and 2.

The Intramural Softball season offers Airmen a sports program with competitiveness and diversity, additional alternatives for leisure time, opportunities to promote teamwork, enhance esprit de corps, advance JB Charleston cooperation, and aids commanders in their physical fitness programs, according to Staff Sgt. Matthew Irick, 628th Force Support Squadron sports director.

Anyone interested in JB Charleston - Air Base's Intramural Sports program can contact their unit sports representative or contact the Air Base Fitness Center at 963-3347. Those interested in the Weapons Station Intramural Sports Program can call Randy Moseley at 764-4118.