By Scott Prater
A year ago Space Innovation and Development Center wasn’t even playing competitive softball.
Two weeks into this season, the SIDC team is 3-1 in Schriever intramural softball action, and with June 22nd’s 19-5 win over 50th Security Forces Squadron, the team has scored 17 or more runs in three straight games.
First baseman Jay Worrell hit his third home run of the season during SIDC’s four-run second inning and drove in two more runs with a line drive to left field in the sixth.
“It’s not just me who is hitting well,” Worrell said. “We’re hitting well as a team, getting through the lineup and racking up a lot of at-bats. The more at-bats you get the better off you’re going to be. Most of us batted six times today.”
Worrell finished with three hits and six RBI, while lead-off hitter Joey Stolzmann scored seven times. Even the bottom of the SIDC lineup contributed to the offense.
Chenita Haggins, the team’s number eight hitter, collected two hits and scored two runs, while Nancy McCalam followed her by scoring three runs.
“Coming in, I didn’t know how well we would play because we were missing a few of our starters,” SIDC captain Alex Sanchez said. “But, we played solid defense, especially in the infield, everybody was hitting and we did pretty well.”
SIDC jumped on the scoreboard with four runs in the first inning and followed with four more in the second.
Brad Krause drove in a run for 50th SFS in the bottom half of the first inning and Stephanie Fletcher followed with a two-run double in the second, but SIDC kept pulling away, adding to its lead in almost every inning.
“I think we helped our defense by scoring a bunch of runs,” Worrell said. “It takes some weight off your shoulders — makes it a lot easier defensively when you’re up 10 runs.”
SIDC held its opponents scoreless in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, and allowed only one run in the seventh.
For a team that went 5-4 in the recreational league last year, the solid start in the competitive league this year has surprised its remaining veterans. Even so, SIDC is proving it is no fluke through prolific run production and a stingy defense.
“Our goal is to keep our bats going and continue to play the way we know we can,” Sanchez said.
As of June 22, SIDC sits in fifth place in league standings, but all four of the teams on top remain unbeaten, and two of those have played only two games.
Call the Schriever Fitness Center at 567-6228 for an updated softball schedule. All games are played weekday mornings at the softball complex off of Falcon Parkway.