1st Med. Bde. sends 289th Qm Co. for first aid

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

The 1st Medical Brigade softball team enjoyed a blowout victory over the 289th Quartermaster Company as the "Mercy Rule" had to be invoked at the Rodney Evans softball complex here Monday.

David Wilburn got the win, leading the 1st Med team to a 14-4 blowout over 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) rival 289th QM.

1st Med gave up an inside the park home run to 289th right fielder Yusuf Muhamad in the first at bat by the QM team.

The first inning was the last time the 289th owned the lead.

In the second, trailing by 2 runs, 289th third baseman Jeremy Jackson tripled in the tying runs on a laser to left center, but was tagged out at home by catcher Ryan Mayton on an oversight by the third base coach.

Heading into the fourth inning at a 4-4 tie, 1st Med third baseman Thomas Fuller led off with a double to right field.

1st Med right fielder Hector Muldonado knocked Fuller in from second on an RBI single through the right side of the infield.

Jeremy Smith, a 1st Med outfielder doubled Muldonado in to put the away team up 6-4.

Smith made it home on a bloop single by shortstop Travis Martell, scoring the final run of the inning.

289th pitcher Mark Dillon gave up 5 earned runs including a two run blast by 1st Med first baseman Alvin Vidro in the seven run 6th inning.

"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was gone," said Vidro.

The top of the 6th mercifully came to an end when speedster Enrique Flores, a defensive replacement brought in to play third base in the fourth, was thrown out attempting to take third on a miscue by Dillon.

Flores was thrown out by 20 feet, roughly one third the distance between bases.

"I heard 'Go!'" explained a somewhat flustered Todd.