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1/19 edges Rangers for championship

Scott Runyon hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to give 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, a 10-9 win July 29 against 75th Ranger Regiment in the Postseason Commander’s Cup Softball Tournament championship game at Gowdy Field.

1st Bn., 19th Inf. Regt., led in every inning except one and gradually worked up to a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but the Rangers came back to tie it at 5-5 by the end of the fifth.

Brian McDonnell of 1st Bn., 19th Inf. Regt., broke the stalemate, hitting an RBI single, and subsequently scored on a catcher’s error to lead 7-5 at the end of the bottom of the sixth.

The Rangers turned the game around and led 9-7 heading into the top of the seventh, but 1st Bn., 19th Inf. Regt., tied the score again at 9-9.

In the bottom of the seventh, with the game tied at 9, Karl Ivey raced home from third on the sacrifice fly to seal the win.

“I had to work pretty hard for that last run,” Ivey said. “I knew I had to get the run because otherwise, we would have had to play another game against 75th Ranger Regiment.”

1st Bn., 19th Inf. Regt., went unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament.

“It was a good game,” 1st Bn., 19th Inf. Regt.’s, Mike Boganowski said. “Both teams were scoring, it just came down to who was making the least amount of errors. We batted last, so we had an advantage.”

Runyon, also the 1st Bn., 19th Inf. Regt., coach, said the entire tournament was a back-and-forth battle.“We came back in the end in the last three games to win,” he said. “We worked as a team and everybody did their part. (The 75th Ranger Regiment) made the game challenging. It’s always better when you have a challenging, close game than a blowout, because it makes it more fun.”

The tournament was the final event in the intramural softball season.

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