Darnall Crushes 49th 30-12

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

The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center softball team improved its record to 8-1 dominating the 49th Movement Control Battalion team 30-12 at the Rodney Evans Softball Complex here Monday.

The game was called after the 4th inning when the 49th failed to get within 15 runs after their final at-bat.

The DAMC team drew first blood in the top of the first inning when left fielder Roberto Rivera hit a sacrifice fly to deep left center scoring catcher Navedo Martinez from third.

Pitcher Harry Tharp followed that with an RBI double to left scoring third baseman Teodoro Torres.

Left-centerfielder Corey Steward popped out to 49th shortstop Michael Drozd to finish the half-inning.

The 49th made some noise in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of four errors by DAMC fielders.

Drozd led off for the 49th singling to right center and reaching 2nd on a throwing error by Martinez.

Left-centerfield Dexter Davis drove Drozd in when Steward botched an easy catch in left-center.

Dennis Botsch, left fielder for the 49th, reached second and drove in a run on a throwing error by shortstop Chris Rutledge.

Cleanup hitter and 49th pitcher Michael Baker singled Botsch in from second on a missile line drive to left-center.

Third baseman Josh Preston drove in two more runs when his routine line drive got by Steward in left-center.

The top of the second featured 19 at bats, 13 hits, 3 walks, 1 pitching change, 15 runs scored, and to top it all off, 1 inside-the-park homerun.

According to the official timekeeper, the half-inning lasted more than 20 minutes.

Highlights from the inning include: second baseman Josh Orr's lead off triple, Steward's 3-run inside-the-parker to right-center, and an impressive 5 RBIs by Rutledge.

The 49th bravely scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, but their rally was cut short by Baker's flyout to right-center during which Botsch attempted to take second on a tag-up, but left first base before the outfielder caught the ball, and was summarily called out when the ball reached possession of first baseman Joseph Surret.

The DAMC team added insult to injury tacking on 4 insurance runs in the bottom of the inning and giving the steal sign to Surret.

Surret appeared to be running uphill from first to second, fortunately for him however, the throw from catcher Juan Villanueva was late.

Villanueva redeemed himself by throwing out right fielder Travis Weisler, as he attempted to steal second, to end the half-inning.

The 49th scored two runs in the third, but DAMC nailed the coffin shut in the top of the fourth, scoring 9 runs while the 49th committed four errors.

Rutledge, who had 7 RBIs from the leadoff spot, said, "It was great that those guys in the bottom of the lineup were getting on base for me to drive in."

The DAMC coach Eddie Hollins remarked, "If all my players stay healthy, we're definitely going to compete for the post championship."

 

Melissa Phillips
DAMC right-centerfielder Melissa Phillips triples to lead off the 4th inning during Mondays 30-12 win over the 49th Movement Control Battalion team at the Rodney Evans Softball Complex here. Phillips finished the game with 3 hits, 2 runs and 1 RBI. Photo by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs

Roberto Rivera
Roberto Rivera, left fielder for the DAMC softball team, hits a sacrifice fly during Mondays 30-12 rout over the 49th Movement Control Battalion team at the Rodney Evans Softball Complex here. Rivera finished with 3 hits, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Photo by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs