News: Weapons/Ordnance cuts off 3rd Radio Bn.’s frequency, 11–1
Story by Lance Cpl. Nathan Knapke
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - The Weapons/Ordnance baseball team smashed the 3rd Radio Battalion baseball team, 11–1, during an intramural baseball game on Riseley Field, Monday.
The game started with clear skies and a sunset behind right field. A brisk wind blew in the players’ faces throughout the game into the night under the stadium lights of Riseley Field.
Weapons/Ordnance started the game up to bat first. The team had three hits, scoring two runs. The top of the inning ended with a Weapons/Ordnance player stealing home and getting thrown out at home plate.
The battalion’s team couldn’t come back from the two-run deficit set by Weapons/Ordnance in the top of the first inning. The team struck out twice for the first two outs and hit a shallow pop fly for the third out.
The pitching by Cody Hagen, pitcher for the Weapons/Ordnance baseball team, maintained a strong hold on 3rd Radio’s effective hitting on the baseball.
“It’s been three years since I have played competitive baseball,” Hagen said. “My arm felt good, but it got tired as the game went on.”
During the second inning, 3rd Radio Bn. held the batting of Weapons/Ordnance to zero. The battalion’s team managed to squeeze one run out during the bottom of the second inning. The combination of a walk and two hits put a 3rd Radio runner in scoring position, putting the team one run closer to Weapons/Ordnance’s two-run lead.
As both teams headed into the top of the third inning, Weapons/Ordnance held a 2–1 lead over 3rd Radio Bn.
The third and fourth innings had similar outcomes for both teams. Weapons/Ordnance made some consistent connections on the baseball but couldn’t manage to bring any of their players to cross home plate. The pitching for Weapons/Ordnance stayed consistent with Hagen’s arm. He struck out all six batters for all six outs in both the third and fourth innings.
Weapons/Ordnance batting warmed up in the top of the fifth inning. Singles started to fly out of the infield. They produced one RBI after another. Weapons/Ordnance sent five runners across home plate during the top of the fifth inning.
“I have been playing intramural baseball here for three years,” said Roger Ruiz, shortstop for the Weapons/Ordnance team. “I play to win but regardless the outcome of the game, it’s the love of the game that continues to keep me out on the field.”
The battalion’s team continued to struggle against Weapons/Ordnance’s pitching. Hagen continued to throw strikes, giving 3rd Radio Bn. a small opportunity to pull ahead for the lead.
Hagen struck out the first two batters and forced them to bunt to try to get on base. This strategy didn’t work for 3rd Radio Bn., and the fifth inning quickly ended. The score at the end of the fifth inning resulted in Weapons/Ordnance maintaining its 7-1 lead.
Weapons/Ordnance carried its hot streak into the top in the sixth inning. The team connected on the ball for three hits getting runners on base. A deep bomb over the center fielder’s head scored two runs. Two more RBIs put the Weapons/Ordnance team ahead with 11 total runs scored in the game.
The battalion’s team couldn’t get their offensive game going in the bottom of the sixth inning and stayed at one run scored throughout the game.
The game ended with Weapons/Ordnance keeping a commanding 11–1 lead over 3rd Radio Bn.
“We gave our best effort,” said Cpl. Thomas Bush, pitcher for 3rd Radio Bn. “We always have a great time playing baseball regardless of who wins or loses.”