241st MPs rout 741st MI Cobras
Rejuvenated squad wins third in a row
By Brandon Bieltz
"It was just really sloppy," team coach Martin Hunt said. "We got wiped."
But with a rejuvenated and full roster, the team won its third game in a row Monday night at Donahue Field with an impressive 14-3 victory over the Cobras of the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion. Hunt helped power his team to victory with two home runs and four RBIs.
Having won its previous two games by defeating the 4-1 Coast Guard followed by a forfeit by the Jaguars, the 241st held a 2-2 record heading into Monday's game.
With new members on the team, experienced players are working to sharpen the skills of the recent additions, Hunt said. After only producing 11 runs in the first two games, the 241st found its stride in the batter's box in the 12-11 victory against the Coast Guard.
"We're getting better, so it's starting to be fun," Hunt said. "Once you're good, people like to play and come more."
The Cobras entered the game with a 3-2 record from an up-and-down start of the season that saw back-to-back losses to the 780th MI and 94th Intelligence Squadron by a combined 19 runs.
Cobras' shortstop Michael Hopkins said the team's struggles spawn from troubles in the field. Getting runners on the bases, he said, hasn't been too difficult for the Cobras.
"Defense was a big factor in the two we lost," Hopkins said. "It seems like when we come together as a team and play defense is when we win games."
The Cobras' defense appeared to be on the ball early Monday, allowing only one hit in the first inning -- albeit a big one. After retiring the first two batters, Hunt hit a home run to give the 241st an early 1-0 lead. But the Cobras bounced back to shut down John Reynolds for the third out.
Despite strong defensive play by the 241st's shortstop Chris May, the Cobras scored two runs with RBIs from Hopkins and Neal West.
Down 2-1, the 241st regained the lead in the second with RBIs from Anthony Ogglesby and Anthony Bogues.
Hunt opened the third inning with a hard ground ball hit between first and second, which resulted in an in-the-park home run for a 4-2 lead. Hits by Bogues and Ogglesby resulted in additional runs to give the 241st a 6-2 lead.
After shutting down the Cobras' three batters in the bottom of the third, the 241st continued to add to its lead in the fourth with RBIs from Mays and David Briggs.
With an 8-2 deficit, John Strauser's single in the bottom of the fifth inning brought in the Cobras' final run, cutting the lead to 8-3. A six-run sixth inning for the 241st led by Hunt's two RBIs and single RBIs from Reynolds, Ogglesby, Bogues and Frank King ended any hope of a comeback for the Cobras.
Ogglesby and Bogues each had three RBIs in the 14-3 victory, while Hunt had a game-high four RBIs, including two home runs. Strauser, West and Hopkins each had an RBI for the Cobras.
Hunt said the 241st's success came from simply getting disciplined runners on the bases.
"If you get people on base, things just happen," he said. "They start throwing the ball around and you start scoring runs."
Riding a three-game win streak, Hunt said his players will use the momentum from their recent success and continue to rack up wins.
"We can play," he said. "We've proven to ourselves we can play."
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