Tinker's boys of summer rally for 13-12 victory

Tinker Rangers utility player John Scherer takes a swing against the Sooners in a game played Aug. 5. (Air Force photo by John E. Banks)

Tinker Rangers utility player John Scherer takes a swing against the Sooners in a game played Aug. 5. (Air Force photo by John E. Banks)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE -- The Tinker Rangers rallied for an exciting 13-12 comeback victory versus the Sooners (9-2) in a National Adult Baseball Association contest Aug. 5 at Reynolds Field in Oklahoma City.
   The Rangers came into the contest reeling from a three-game losing streak and were ready to reverse their fortunes on the baseball diamond. The Rangers had to cope with the loss of star players, shortstop Caleb Cosmi and second baseman Christopher Brooks, due to military obligations.
   "We are here to win the contest, and will utilize all the Rangers strengths in order to achieve victory today," said Steven Escalante, head coach and centerfielder of the Rangers.
   The Rangers got off to a slow start, falling behind the National division leading Sooners 10-4 after four complete innings of play. However, the Rangers were not to be denied on this day.
   The rally started in the fifth inning with Rangers' first baseman Marcus Rivers beating out a routine ground ball to reaching safely on an infield single. He then stole second and third base on consecutive pitches and scored on a fielder's choice.
   The Rangers put the pressure on the opponent with single after single and stolen base after stolen base. This heat caused by the Rangers' speed and determination provided an additional two runs and left them only trailing by a score of 10-7.
   The Rangers produced a team record six stolen bases in that one inning.
   The key hit of the contest came in the sixth inning when utility player, John Scherer, blasted a deep, towering three-run homer over the left field fence to tie the score at 10.
   Both teams traded single runs in the next inning, but the Rangers scored two ensuing runs in the eighth inning, which proved to be the difference. The game was called at the end of the eighth inning due to the time limit having expired.
   The win improved the Rangers record to 7-6 and.
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