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USAFWC, 50th SFS secure wins on the diamond

Janelle Rogers, 4th Space Operations Squadron, waits for the ball in attempt to get an out at first base Aug. 4, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The 4th SOPS nearly mounted a comeback against 50th Security Forces Squadron after trailing 7-0. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Janelle Rogers, 4th Space Operations Squadron, waits for the ball in attempt to get an out at first base Aug. 4, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The 4th SOPS nearly mounted a comeback against 50th Security Forces Squadron after trailing 7-0. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Andrew Aycock, 50th Operations Support Squadron, lobs a pitch to the batter during the first inning Aug. 4, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base. The 50th OSS trailed 10-0 after the first inning against U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, but cut the deficit in half after three innings to 12-7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Andrew Aycock, 50th Operations Support Squadron, lobs a pitch to the batter during the first inning Aug. 4, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base. The 50th OSS trailed 10-0 after the first inning against U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, but cut the deficit in half after three innings to 12-7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Trenton Harper, 50th Operations Support Squadron, prepares to throw the ball to first base Aug. 4, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base. Players must wear a face covering while in the dugout but have the option to remove it while on the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Trenton Harper, 50th Operations Support Squadron, prepares to throw the ball to first base Aug. 4, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base. Players must wear a face covering while in the dugout but have the option to remove it while on the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Thomas Taylor, Distributed Mission Operations Centers for Space, uses a rag to sanitize a bat while watching gameplay Aug. 4, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Players could not use the same baseball bat in back-to-back at-bats and had to clean equipment various times throughout the contest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill.

Thomas Taylor, Distributed Mission Operations Centers for Space, uses a rag to sanitize a bat while watching gameplay Aug. 4, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Players could not use the same baseball bat in back-to-back at-bats and had to clean equipment various times throughout the contest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill.

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The softball season continues to inch closer to the playoffs at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, and Airmen put another two games in the books Aug. 4, 2020 at the softball field.

In the first game, the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center defeated the 50th Operations Support Squadron 24-8 while the 50th Security Forces Squadron earned its first win of the season with a 13-11 victory against the 4th Support Operations Squadron in the finale.

“I’ve been coaching for three years and the past two haven’t been so great,” said Brandon Beisner, 17th Test Squadron project manager and player for USAFWC. “So it’s nice to have [four wins] under our belt.”

The USAFWC’s hot start in the first inning propelled the unit to a 10-0 lead it never relinquished. The 50th OSS had back-to-back two-run innings, and outscored USAFWC 3-2 in the third to make it 12-7.

The Warfare Center totaled 12 runs in the top of the fourth and fifth and held the 50th OSS to one run the remainder of the game, resulting in a 24-8 win.

“I feel like we have potential to go somewhere this year,” Beisner said. “We’re 4-1 now and I feel like we’re in a good place.”

In the final game of the day, the 50th SFS clawed its way to victory against the 4th SOPS. After 50th SFS built a 3-0 lead in the first inning, it grew to 7-0 following a four-run second inning. But the 4th SOPS responded with a 6-run bottom of the second to close the gap to 7-6. 

Both teams scored one run in the third to make it 8-7 but the 50th SFS built a cushion after the fifth, when it outscored the 4th SOPS 2-1 to make it 10-8.

The 50th SFS managed to earn three more runs in the top of the seventh and held 4th SOPS to two runs to give the game its final margin.

Edward Wilder, 50th SFS Plans and Programs noncommissioned officer in charge, said the team didn’t finish as expected last season and was happy with their performance against the 4th SOPS.

“It feels really good to be able to get out and get this victory,” he said. “Any time a team starts to rally you get nervous, but we had faith in our defense and they did their part.” 

CJ Thornton, 50th Force Support Squadron recreation assistant and sports representative, is grateful to provide Airmen with the opportunity to play softball.

The 50th FSS staff didn’t know if they’d have softball season due to the pandemic, but they’re now in their third week of competition.

“I hoped we’d be this smooth and I figured throughout the year there’d be some hiccups,” Thornton said. “I didn’t know what they’d be or when they’d happen, but having everyone out here to let loose outside and hearing the friendly banter among players is great to see.”

For questions regarding softball, contact Thornton at 719-567-2434 or email charles.thornton.3@us.af.mil.

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