51st SFS defeats 51st OSS 18-8, crowned champs

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The 51st Security Forces Squadron Mustangs swung away as they defeated the 51st Operations Support Squadron Wyverns 18-8 and were crowned the intramural softball champions, Aug. 21.

The Wyverns came out of the gate swinging behind the bat of Tim Erickson, 51st OSS, who hit an inside-the-park home run, earning his team three runs out of their five runs in the first inning.

The defenders responded with their own offensive push putting six runs on the scoreboard to take a 6-5 lead going into the second inning.

"Going into the game, we knew that OSS was a very fundamentally sound and athletic team," said Charles Cornacchio, 51st SFS. "We knew that it was going to be a difficult game and it was going to come down to playing good defense."

SFS played strong defense in the top of the second inning by only allowing one Wyvern batter to touch a base before retiring the side. The defenders added two runs to extend their lead, making the score 8-5.

Continuing their strong defensive play, the Mustangs caught two pop flies and ended the top of the third inning by fielding a grounder.

Cornacchio knocked a two-run homerun out of the park as the defenders built an eight-run lead going into the fourth inning.

The Wyverns continued to struggle offensively as they were only able to put up two runs in the next two innings and trailed SFS by eight runs at the start of the sixth inning.

"After putting up those runs in the first, I felt we had a chance," said Marc Flores, 51st OSS. "You have to score to win, and hitting the ball is something we lacked after the first inning."

OSS brought in one run in the top of the sixth to try closing the gap built by SFS. Jarred Alford, 51st SFS, ended the game crossing the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning giving the defenders an 18-8 victory.

"We work extremely well together, and we won this game because we played as a team," Cornacchio said. "To win the intramural championship is an amazing accomplishment that is well deserved for these guys."