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October 14, 2011

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Garrison beats 88th Regional Support Center in softball competition

Story & photos by Sgt. 1st Class Osvaldo P. Sanchez, 88th Regional Support Command Public Affairs

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy, team put the HHC, 88th Regional Support Command (RSC), in its place with a 9-3 win during a semi-annual softball game at Constitution Park at Fort McCoy, Sept. 28.
PHOTO: Maj. Matt T. Blissenbach hits a line drive to the shortstop during a softball game. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Osvaldo P. Sanchez
Maj. Matt T. Blissenbach, a batter for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy, hits a line drive to the shortstop during a softball game versus the HHC, 88th Regional Support Command.

The garrison set the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and brought in two more runs in the bottom of the third.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, and the 88th RSC with no runs, the host team took bat and the advantage of being walked numerous times by the 88th’s pitcher to get the bases loaded. To make it even worse for the RSC, the garrison made solid hits and brought in five runs placing it at an 8-0 lead.

But all hope was not lost. The 88th RSC pushed through with its first three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and too late in the game because the garrison swung back with another run in the bottom of the sixth inning to clinch victory with a 9-3 lead. In the end, the 88th was shut out in the top of the seventh inning.

Sgt. Eric S. Price, the second baseman for the 88th, said his team was close to making runs in the first half of the game.

PHOTO: A ballplayer slides into second base while the second baseman waits for the ball. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Osvaldo P. Sanchez
A ballplayer for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy, slides into second base where Travis Marshall of the HHC, 88th Regional Support Command, waits for the ball.

“We thought we could’ve scored in the first and third innings but we didn’t,” said Price. He then pointed out that it was difficult to come back after five runs in the fifth inning.

Nick Respicio, the center fielder for the garrison and one of its best players, added runs in the third and fourth innings but said the final score does not reflect how close the game was. “They had guys ready to score,” he said. “They were in positions close to (home base).” He added that the 88th had new faces, and it was a challenging team to play.

Overall, the team players said these games bring camaraderie between the garrison and the 88th.

“I wish we could do it more often,” said Respicio. He said it would be nice to schedule regular, friendly competition.

This was the third loss for the 88th RSC and kept the garrison in the winning streak since the first game in September 2010.

The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program members came out to provide food and drinks at the game.

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