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The Guardians go the distance in extra innings

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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 am

The Guardians team from the 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion pulled off a narrow victory in extra innings against 8th RAS from the 8th Regimental Aid Station 11-10 at Harry Agganis Field, June 6. In the 8th inning, left fielder Christien Oman drove in third baseman Timothy Motley to take the 2018 Commanders’ Cup Series intramural softball title in walk-off fashion.

“I like being put in the position to be drove in by my teammate and we all won together to take the championship,” said Motley. “I was gone for almost a year from the battalion and these guys accepted and took me right in letting me play; they are a great group of guys.”

After the first two innings, 8th RAS was off to a hot start scoring four runs in three innings. In the bottom half of the third inning, the Guardians tied the game up at four runs even. Both teams went back and forth with scoring until the sixth inning when Motley for the Guardians hit a homerun over the fence putting his team ahead 9-8 going into the last inning. In the top of the seventh inning, Michael Marchante and Terrell Florence came around to score putting the 8th RAS team ahead 10-9.

The Guardian’s catcher Joseph Mendoza said “I can do what you can do but better” tying the game at 10 runs for each team. The Guardians ended the season in a picturesque way with the walk-off base hit from Oman giving his squad the right to hoist the Commanders’ Cup series trophy after the game.

“Today’s game was a hard fight, but we kept our cool making it happen, taking the victory,” said the Guardians head coach and pitcher Eric Russell. “Camaraderie is big for us and it is great getting a group of Marines together that work in different sections of the battalion having fun in an informal setting like softball.”

No matter what team took the title winning the game, the field was composed of Marines and Sailors who put their heart out on the field working together as a team.

“We came together strong as a team, but unfortunately lost today,” said 8th RAS first baseman Jacob Johnson. “The game went an extra inning, hopefully next year we will be back to take the championship.”

The game came down to one hit and just like any other sporting event there had to be someone taking the victory and the other team reflecting on the loss.

“Today was a good game and we were definitely the better team out there today,” said right center fielder Shelby Mayfield for 8th RAS. “Their team was the fourth toughest team we played all year and if you don’t play to your standards, one game is all it takes to finish in second place. Congratulations to the other team, but I take it more personal. We did this to ourselves. This season overall was fun and we will be back next year to win it all.”

The Commander’s Cup is year-long series of sports competitions with the goal of promoting resiliency, esprit de corps, combat readiness, leadership, teamwork and loyalty for active-duty service members through sports.

For more information on the Commanders’ Cup Series, visit www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/sports/cc.

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