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3 SOPS legacy team earns last softball victory together

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Stephen Welling swings at the plate during the 2017 Schriever intramural softball championship game at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. The 3rd Space Operations Squadron prevailed over the 50th Security Forces Squadron with a score of 13 – 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Pete Spittler stands ready during the 2017 Schriever intramural softball championship game at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. The 3rd Space Operations Squadron prevailed over the 50th Security Forces Squadron with a score of 13 – 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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David Harris sprints towards the home plate during the 2017 Schriever intramural softball championship game at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. The game is 3 SOPS third consecutive softball championship victory. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Baseball bats lean against a chain-link fence during the 2017 Schriever intramural softball championship game at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. The 3rd Space Operations Squadron prevailed over the 50th Security Forces Squadron with a score of 13 – 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Airmen shake hands at the close of the 2017 Schriever intramural softball championship game at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. The 3rd Space Operations Squadron prevailed over the 50th Security Forces Squadron with a score of 13 – 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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3rd Space Operations Squadron Airmen and their families gather for a photo after winning the 2017 Schriever intramural softball championship game at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. This will be the last year the team will play as 3 SOPS, which merged with 4th Space Operations Squadron earlier in the year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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The 3rd Space Operations Squadron’s legacy was furthered after its final intramural team capped an undefeated season against the 50th Security Forces Squadron at the Schriever intramural softball championship game here Aug. 22.

The reigning champs maintained a strong lead from the start and ended the game with a 13 - 3 victory and their third consecutive championship win.

“This merger split a lot of us (3 SOPS Airmen) up, so coming out here and being together makes it much more special,” said Cameron White, 3 SOPS team captain. “This is what we look forward to all year.”

The team scored runs right off the bat in the first inning, propelling them to a 5 - 0 lead which persisted into the second.

The third inning saw a slight comeback for 50 SFS with two runs scored, but the points began to stack up against them going into the fourth with a score of 8 - 2. 50 SFS had runners in scoring position throughout the game, but failed to get them home.

Stephen Welling, also a 3 SOPS team captain, said that while the beginning of the game was marked by a strong offense on his team’s part, it was the team’s defensive capabilities that lead to a championship victory and an undefeated season.

“We started out really aggressive offensively,” Welling said. “But our defense is our bread and butter, with our stellar infield and our extremely fast outfield; we’ve been giving teams lots of trouble defensively all year.”

The fifth and final inning saw 3 SOPS score a flurry of runs, sealing their victory. 50 SFS scored a run of their own when Michael Knowles rounded the bases scoring at the bottom of the fifth.

Both White and Welling said the 3 SOPS legacy team’s successful season was in part a final “hoorah” for the squadron.

“It’s a good way for 3 SOPS to go out,” White said.

Welling concurred.

“Everyone played a little harder and the team really came together this season so we can give 3 SOPS one last ride,” he said.

The updated commander’s cup standings are:

1.       3rd Operations Squadron – 1,375 points

2.       4th Space Operations Squadron – 1,085 points

3.       United States Air Force Warfare Center – 595 points

4.       1st Space Operations Squadron – 565 points

5.       3rd Space Experimentation  Squadron – 530 points

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