By Scott Prater
The 50th Security Forces Squadron hasn’t fielded a top-level intramural softball team in at least the past two seasons, but July 6, this year’s squad became the last undefeated team in Schriever intramural play with a 21-0 win over Joint Functional Component Command Integrated Missile Defense.
Led by lead-off hitter Armando Ozuna and number-two batter Scott Sims, 50 SFS belted out 21 hits, including two doubles and four home runs.
“The majority of teams can’t place the ball the way these guys did today,” JFCCIMD team captain Chris Byler said of his 50 SFS opponents. “They dropped the ball into places we couldn’t defend.”
Ozuna went 4-for-4 at the plate and scored four runs while Sims collected four hits and team pitcher Garrett Maynard drove in five runs.
“We’ve got a few new players this year and most of our guys are actually playing sports here instead of being deployed,” Maynard said. “I would like to see us competing for a base championship when playoff time rolls around, get the cop’s squadron back to where it used to be.”
Team JFCCIMD entered the game in second place after starting its season 2-0, but its hopes of remaining undefeated were dashed in the bottom half of the first inning as 50 SFS batted around, scored 11 runs and got inside-the-park home runs from both Sims and Maynard.
The team nearly equaled its first-inning offensive outburst with another scoring binge in the fourth, when Chris Jacobs, Randall Ruth and Tad Davis followed hits by Ozuna, Sims and Maynard. Casey Sabin capped the game with an inside-the-park blast to right field.
The team’s offensive production even overshadowed its defensive effort, something Maynard and team captain Davis said was the real reason 50 SFS has remained unbeaten and forced the mercy rule on five of its opponents.
“This is the best defense we’ve had since I can remember,” Maynard said. “I just try to throw strikes, let them (opponents) hit and let our defense do what they do.”
Eric Kyle collected two hits and ignited a would-be JFCCIMD rally in the second inning when he followed Will Randall’s lead-off walk with a single into centerfield. But, Maynard induced the next three batters into fly outs and JFCCIMD never threatened again.
Byler wasn’t too worried about the loss following the game. He said the first-year JFCCIMD team has 31 players on its roster and should remain competitive throughout the long season, which stretches through the first week of August.
“We want to finish in the top eight and make the post season,” he said. “And we want a chance to play these guys again.”