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League-leading maintainers earn 9th win

Tyler Leemon, 96th Maintenance Squadron softball team shortstop, slings a throw to first base during an intramural game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Tyler Leemon, 96th Maintenance Squadron softball team shortstop, slings a throw to first base during an intramural game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Jason Little, 359th Training Squadron softball team pitcher, stretches out his arms prior to an intramural game against the 96th Maintenance Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Jason Little, 359th Training Squadron softball team pitcher, stretches out his arms prior to an intramural game against the 96th Maintenance Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Kris Hampton, 96th Maintenance Squadron, stands with his hand over his heart during the National Anthem prior to his team’s intramural softball game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Kris Hampton, 96th Maintenance Squadron, stands with his hand over his heart during the National Anthem prior to his team’s intramural softball game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Rick Fields, 359th Training Squadron softball team, swings away during an intramural game against the 96th Maintenance Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Rick Fields, 359th Training Squadron softball team, swings away during an intramural game against the 96th Maintenance Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Justin Nunley, 96th Maintenance Squadron softball team outfielder, snags a fly-ball during an intramural game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Justin Nunley, 96th Maintenance Squadron softball team outfielder, snags a fly-ball during an intramural game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

George Adams, 359th Training Squadron softball team, swings for the fences during an intramural game against the 96th Maintenance Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

George Adams, 359th Training Squadron softball team, swings for the fences during an intramural game against the 96th Maintenance Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Clad in red white and blue, 96th Maintenance Squadron team members watch the intramural softball game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the Training Squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Clad in red white and blue, 96th Maintenance Squadron team members watch the intramural softball game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the Training Squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Jason Little, 359th Training Squadron softball team pitcher, prepares to deliver a pitch during an intramural game against the 96th Maintenance Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Jason Little, 359th Training Squadron softball team pitcher, prepares to deliver a pitch during an intramural game against the 96th Maintenance Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Jeff Hird, 96th Maintenance Squadron, swings away during an intramural softball game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Jeff Hird, 96th Maintenance Squadron, swings away during an intramural softball game against the 359th Training Squadron team July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Members of the 96th Maintenance Squadron and the 359th Training Squadron intramural softball teams greet each other in the middle of the field after their game July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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Members of the 96th Maintenance Squadron and the 359th Training Squadron intramural softball teams greet each other in the middle of the field after their game July 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The league-leading Maintainers pounded the training squadron 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 96th Maintenance Squadron overwhelmed the 359th Training Squadron 10-5 July 18 in intramural softball league competition here.


Maintenance came to the matchup in first place in the league standings at 8-1.  The 359th, with a 3-4 record, looked to pull even in the standings with a win.

Maintenance’s superior batting and fielding dominated throughout the contest.

The game was close early on.  The 359th scored first in the top of the second inning, when Ben Nariz’s single to center field drove in a run for a 1-0 lead.

Maintenance answered quickly in the bottom of the second inning, when a Donny Derusha triple sent a runner home to tie the game at one-all.  Derusha tagged up after Jeff Hird’s sacrifice fly to left field put the maintainers in front, 2-1.

At the top of the third, Andrew McEntire’s deep blast to right field notched a run for the 359th and leveled the score at two-apiece.

Maintenance fired up the afterburners in the bottom of the third, as Gage Walsh’s three-run homer and two more team runs powered them to a 7-2 lead.

The 359th never caught up, scoring only three more runs to match Maintenance’s three, through the remaining four innings.  Maintenance sealed a 10-5 victory after seven innings.

Tyler Leemon, Maintenance’s coach, was happy with the win, but saw room for improvement.

“Our defense was solid, but our batting has been better,” he said.  “We’re going to work on that through the rest of the season.”  

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