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 October 08, 2010

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Garrison team defeats 88th Regional Support Command in softball challenge

A five-run, fourth-inning rally put the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison (HHC, USAG) team in command of a softball challenge game as it scored a 9-3 victory over the 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) at Fort McCoy Sept. 29.
PHOTO: Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser throws out an  88th Regional Support Command softball team batter at first base during a softball challenge game. Photo by Rob Schuette
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser throws out an 88th Regional Support Command softball team batter at first base during a softball challenge game. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

PHOTO: A batter from the Fort McCoy garrison softball team gets ready to swing at a pitch from the 88th Regional Support Command pitcher.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Gorzek
A batter from the Fort McCoy garrison softball team gets ready to swing at a pitch from the 88th Regional Support Command pitcher. The garrison won the game 9-3. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Gorzek)

The 88th RSC team broke to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and still held a 3-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the fourth.

HHC, USAG put together a series of walks, hits and some daring base running — including scoring a runner from second on an infield fielder’s choice play — to plate five runs. Four of the runs scored with two outs.

HHC, USAG added another run in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth to clinch the victory. The 88th RCS was shut out by HHC, USAG pitcher Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser, backed by solid defensive play, after scoring its final run in the third inning.

Greg Boda, the 88th RSC captain, said his team played competitively except for the big fourth inning.

“We had never played together before this game,” Boda said. “We’re looking forward to a rematch with them.”

Master Sgt. Scott Penkova, the USAG, HHC team captain said his team was looking forward to a rematch, probably sometime next spring.

“We fell behind early in the game,” Penkova said. “But we stuck with it and sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth inning. The important thing is everyone had fun.”

The game evolved as the result of a friendly wager between Chesser and Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak, 88th RSC commanding general and Fort McCoy senior commander, he said.

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