Intramural softball action: Comm stays undefeated; OSS rises from ashes

Jimmy Rogers, 16th Communications Squadron, lines up beneath a pop-fly Monday.

Jimmy Rogers, 16th Communications Squadron, lines up beneath a pop-fly Monday.

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- There was plenty of scoring on field 2 Tuesday night – in just two games, the four teams pushed 50 runs across home plate in National League intramural softball action.

Extending its unbeaten streak to five games, the 16th Communications Squadron slapped the 16th Component Maintenance Squadron 15-5 in five innings.

Fueled by 17 hits, which looked like a veritable hit parade in the second and fifth innings, the game ended on Jimmy Rogers’ RBI single to invoke the 10-run rule. Any team leading by 10 runs after the fifth inning is declared the winner.

CMS put up three runs in their first at-bat before laying goose eggs on the scoreboard for the next three innings.

The game winning hit belongs to Josh McLaughlin who knocked in a run with his triple in the second inning.

“That’s how we hit the ball,” said Bill Barrett, 16th CS catcher. “We usually put this many runs up.”

OSS vs CES 1

The night’s second game on field 2, a fifth inning scoring frenzy propelled the 16th Operations Support Squadron to a 19-11 win over 16th Civil Engineer Squadron 1 team.

Winless after its first three games, OSS has a two-game winning streak alive.

“It was painful going 0 and 3,” said Greg McCampbell, 16th OSS.

Things didn’t look too promising in the early going Tuesday night either. OSS didn’t score until the third inning when Barry Lott tripled and scored on Craig Sowder’s single.

After an OSS seven-run explosion in the top of the fifth inning, CE responded with three runs of it’s own with four singles in a two-out rally. Down 11-8, Hans Christian slugged the ball off the left field fence, but he was thrown out as he tried to stretch the double into a triple.

Jayson Stewart’s bases-loaded double in the sixth inning pushed two runs across, and it eventually proved to be the game-winning hit.

“Timely hitting was the difference,” McCampbell said. “We couldn’t push anybody across in the early innings. It (hitting) is getting pretty infectious.”