CORONADO, Calif. – The Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) softball team won their record breaking fourth consecutive Naval Amphibious Base Softball Championship July 1, beating Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1 (EODGRU 1) 24-4 in six innings at Turner Field.
The softball victory marks the first time that a command team in SURFOR history has received four straight championship titles.
SURFOR gained the lead in the bottom of the second inning and stayed there throughout the game. Information Systems Technician 2nd Class J.C. Andre led his team with four runs scored, scoring the final run of the game with a three-run homerun in the sixth inning. Pitcher, Chief Damage Controlman (SW) (Ret.) Brian Guthrie held EODGRU-1 scoreless for the last four of the six innings. Third baseman Lt. Cmdr. Brad Snyder played outstanding defense and ended the game with an unassisted play to secure SURFOR’s championship.
“Our offensive lineup is tough top to bottom but we also take great pride in our defense,” said SURFOR’s coach, Chief Operations Specialist (SW) Ricardo Vargas.
In the sixth inning SURFOR was on fire, scoring six of their 24 runs. Lt. Cmdr. Brad Snyder homered in the third inning and Glenn Wathen helped the cause by following up with a homerun of his own in the fifth inning.
“I attribute our success to teamwork. We do not have any superstars, just people that play together as a unit,” said Snyder, who was named the game’s MVP.
During the regular summer season schedule, SURFOR played a total of ten games, winning nine by landslide scores. During the playoffs, SURFOR won every game to earn the championship title.
The victory also earned the team the respect of their fellow staff members, who had been supporting them along the way. The chief of staff for SURFOR, Capt. Pete Gumataotao, was particularly pleased.
“Congratulations and bravo zulu to our superstar softball team!” Gumataotao said. “It was indeed a pleasure to see history in the making. Quite unprecedented.”