34th CCS takes over first place with doubleheader sweep

Tinker Fire Department catcher Tom Trella drives the ball out of the infield during a game against the 34th Combat Communications Squadron. (Air Force photo by John E. Banks)

Tinker Fire Department catcher Tom Trella drives the ball out of the infield during a game against the 34th Combat Communications Squadron. (Air Force photo by John E. Banks)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE -- The 34th Combat Communication Squadron took first place in the Tuesday night softball league with a doubleheader sweep over the Tinker Fire Department by scores of 16-15 and 9-0 on July 31, at the Tinker Sports Complex Field One.
   The Tinker Fire Department came into the match-up with an unblemished 6-0 record for the season, while the 34th CCS team was in second place in the standings with a 4-2 record.
   The first game of the double dip got off to a roaring start with the Tinker Fire Department swinging early and often staking an early 9-1 lead after the first two innings of play.
   The attack was spearheaded by shortstop Michael McKenzie who launched a monstrous two run blast over the left field fence.
   The comeback by the 34th CCS team started slowly. The hitting attack was led by pitcher Aaron Jones who hit consecutive two-run triples in the fourth and fifth innings cutting the score to 12-8 heading into the sixth inning.
   At the start of the seventh inning, the 34th CCS pushed across six runs to give them a 16-14 advantage. Jones nailed a two-run home run to cap the rally.
   The second game of the doubleheader was more one sided than the first. The 34th CCS scored nine runs thru the first three innings with the Tinker Fire Department not tallying a run. The game was called after four complete innings due to the run rule.