Sea Horses Edge Steel Dragons 9-8

Story by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th SC(E) Public Affairs

Burkett then attempted to score on a single by Long, but Parker made a great throw from left centerfield to get him out at home.

Lingenfelter drove in Rogers on a double to centerfield, and Querry knocked in Long with a sacrifice fly to deep right center to put the Sea Horses up 5-4 after three innings.

The top of the fourth inning went as quickly as the top of the second for the Steel Dragons, the Sea Horses retired three straight batters on two groundouts and a popout.

The Sea Horses padded their lead 6-4, when Locastro, who had reached base on another error by McDonald, scored on a bloop single by Williams that landed just behind a backpedaling Onishuck.

Williams immediately made up for his contribution by again, inexplicably attempting to reach second base on what was obviously a single. Bases umpire Cecil Todd called Williams out in a cloud of dust at second base to end the inning.

McDonald doubled to lead off the fifth, but would end the half-inning standing on second as his teammates went down in order.

The bottom of the fifth inning was the scene of the third Sea Horses baserunning headscratcher.

After hitting a groundball single, Long attempted to reach third from first when Onishuck bobbled a groundball.

Another cloud of red clay dust, another chance for Todd to exercise his fist pump, and another chance for Coach Querry to shake his head in amazement and say, "Those baserunning errors were totally out of character for the team."

The Steel Dragons made it a one-run game in the sixth when Parker doubled in right fielder Terrence Coe.

The score would stay 6-5 because Parker was stranded by catcher Reggie Pleasant's warning track flyout in deep right center.

With a 6-5 lead and only 8 minutes remaining on the game clock, the Sea Horses attempted to draw out the bottom of the sixth as long as possible.

After taking five pitches, Querry singled to right centerfield with 5 minutes to go.

The only thing that could possibly allow the game to go into the seventh would be a double play.

On the second pitch of his at-bat, catcher Jose Contreras grounded into a 4-6-3 double play with 5 minutes to play.

Lopez reached on a single to left center and Locastro hit a ball through the infield that was mishandled by Parker in left centerfield to set up the fourth and final baserunning mistake by the Sea Horses.

Lopez was tagged out by McDonald attempting to take third, making the final out with only one minute remaining on the clock. That one minute forced a seventh inning.

The Steel Dragons made the most of their good fortune.

Coach and pitcher Shawn Jackson led off the top of the seventh with a line drive to short. Lopez made an amazing leaping catch to make the out.

McDonald reached first on a single to left and scored to tie the game at 6-6 when Frye misplayed Torres' single to left center.

Carriker drove in Torres on a single to left centerfield, and was then in turn driven in by Coe to end the half-inning up 8-6.

Sea Horses second baseman Ben Sherman reached first on a single to left, and was immediately replaced by pinch runner Charlie Mason.

Extra player Roman Weasel singled and was also replaced by a pinch runner, Jessie Dill.

Mason scored on a single by Williams, and Rogers drove in Dill to tie the game at 8-8.

After Long grounded out to second, Frye hit a grounder between the second baseman and shortstop that amazingly made it through the infield, allowing Rogers, another All Army Softball Team hopeful, to cross the plate and allowed the Sea Horses to win the game.