|Story & Photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Two big innings along with stellar defensive plays led the Fort McCoy
team to a hard-fought 7-4 victory in a June 6, 16-inchno-gloves-allowed
softball game against a Sparta contingent.
A Fort McCoy batter swings at a
pitch during the Fort McCoy-Sparta softball game at Constitution
Park. The offense generated just enough run support to edge the
Sparta team 7-4. The game was played with a Chicago-style
16-inch softball. Players from both teams caught the ball
bare-handed as no gloves were allowed.
Fort McCoy put up four runs in the first inning and three runs in the
fifth to take a 7-0 lead. Sparta came back with three in the seventh and
one in the eight to keep the pressure on.
The biggest winners, however, were the respective communities, said
1st Sgt. David Huskey, the Fort McCoy coach and organizer, Tony
Angelini, Sparta organizer, and Jeff Ames, Sparta coach.
“It was a really fun game,” Angelini said. “We have a great relationship
with Fort McCoy, and we hope to have an even stronger relationship
between Sparta and Fort McCoy because of the game.”
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser said the game was
a good example of the relationship and support between the two
communities as it embodies the Army Community Covenant. Strong community
support leads to stronger Army Families.
Angelini’s Restaurant of Sparta has been a great supporter of Fort McCoy
and recognizes the value of the Soldiers and the relationship between
the two communities, he said.
Huskey said it became evident after a few practices that the McCoy team
would be built around defense.
The Fort McCoy defense made plays
like this one all game long to support the pitching of Garrison
Commander Col. David E. Chesser. A rematch between the teams
will be held at a Sparta ball field this fall.
“I knew we would have to be fundamentally sound and put the ball into
play,” Huskey said. “I recruited some players for speed knowing we would
need that, too.”
The team was very representative of the installation as players came
from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison,
RTC-Central, the Medical Deployment Health Services and the Equal
Employment Opportunity Office.
It was challenging to meld the team into a cohesive unit because the
work schedules and other circumstances prevented the team from
practicing together as a whole before the game, Huskey said.
Angelini donated a traveling trophy that will remain with the Fort McCoy
squad until a planned fall rematch in Sparta, which will be a standard
softball game with a 12-inch ball and gloves.
Angelini also showed his support of the military by donating $200 to the
Army Emergency Relief program and $200 to the Association of the U.S.
Tony Angelini (right) presents a
symbolic $200 check to the Army Emergency Relief program
accepted by Lori Enghusen of the Fort McCoy Army Community
Service Center. The Fort McCoy and Sparta teams are in the
“We’re looking forward to the rematch in the fall,” Angelini said.
“We lost two runs today because of a no sliding rule. I’m sure it will
be a competitive game.”
For more information about the Fort McCoy team and fall rematch, call
Huskey at 636-734-8476.