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Robert Martin, Army War College PAO
Seminar 13 Wraps up the 2018 Softball Crown

Last night saw the closing of the Army War College’s softball season as seminars 13 and 4 faced off on a sun drenched cool evening to determine this year’s softball champion on Carlisle Barracks softball fields.  

Lt. Col. Tim Brower scores the first run of the game for seminar 4 during the Army War College softball championship game, Oct. 2, 2017.

Both teams had just beaten their opponents in the single elimination tournament to make it to the Championship game, Seminar 13 beat seminar 5,  9 to 4 and seminar 4  ten run ruled seminar 12, 14 – 4.  

The first inning saw three consecutive hits by seminar 4 singles by Brower, Schreiber and two run RBI double by Curry. The scoring closed with a sacrifice fly by Redzwan making it 3 – 0 going into the bottom of the first.

The lead by seminar 4 was short lived as seminar 13 opened their flood gates as they scored 8 runs in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Teague led off with a single up the middle, then with one out EJ Irvin crushed the ball over the left center fielders head for a inside the park home run making it 3 – 2. After a ground out seminar 13 scored 6 runs with two out, Silas and Smith both singled then O’Connor hit a two run double putting them ahead 4 – 2. Then consecutive hits by Lopez, Cognitore, Brady and Teague led to four more runs. 8 – 3 seminar 13.

The second inning saw seminar 4 first two batters ground out the seminar’s 13 short stop EJ Irvin then a single by Ostby is all they could muster up.  Seminar 13 had singles by Lindfors and Smith, a walk and an error leading to two more runs. At the end of 2 it was 10 – 3 seminar 13.

Lt. Col. EJ Irving of seminar 13 hits the ball out to right center field during the Army War College softball championship game, Oct 2, 2017.

Inning 3 was led off by Bower with a single, then Curry driving in bower with a single.  Next up was the power of seminar 4 as Steward cracked a two run home run.  A 6 – 5 – 3 double play by seminar 13 closed up the top half of the third. 10 – 6 seminar 13

The bottom of the third was three up and three down for seminar 13 as was the next inning as the bats went silent for both teams in the 4th inning also.

The top of the 5th saw seminar 4 bats come alive as Maddox single with one out then Brower singled with two outs, bringing up Schreiber who smacked a two run double bringing in Maddox and Bowers, Curry then single in Schreiber from second.  Then with one on Steward yet again sent one to deep left center as he put seminar 4 ahead 11 – 10.   

The bottom half of the 5th was scoreless for seminar 13 as they left Teague on third after hitting a triple.

Seminar 4 went down quietly in order in the top of the sixth.

The bottom of the inning had EJ Ivring lead of with a single, a home run over the left field fence by Cognitore put seminar 13 back on top, a couple of errors by seminar 4 made it more interesting as Lopez singled in another run, but with the bases load and an opportunity to put the game out of reach seminar 13 batters struck out and flew out to end the inning, 13 – 11 seminar 13 leading.

Lt. Joe Cognitore, seminar 13 hits the game winning home run in the top of the sixth to put his team up 12 - 11 during the Army War College championship softball game, Oct 2, 2017.

It was now or never for seminar 4 as batters 9, 10 and 11 were due up in their top half of the seventh, but with little effort by seminar 13 they put down seminar 4 in order ending an exciting game 13 - 11.

 

The Championships trophy was presented by USAWC Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez to Teague and EJ Irving.