CORONADO, Calif. -- The Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) softball team topped the arduous task of a perfect 16-0 season by defeating Mobile Expeditionary Security Detachment (MESD) 512 by a score of 21-11 in the Naval Amphibious Base Softball Championship game at Turner Field on Naval Base, Coronado, Nov. 24.
The victory marked an unprecedented fifth consecutive championship title for the SURFOR team.
In order to motivate his team prior to the game, SURFOR coach, Chief Operations Specialist (SW) Ricardo Vargas, cautioned his players to "Remember the Patriots," who were just one win away from a perfect season but lost in the Super Bowl.
Cold and blustery weather on Coronado didn't prevent the team from answering his call with hot bats. Trailing 9-4, SURFOR scored four runs in the bottom of the second and seven runs in the third inning to take a 15-9 lead that would not be surrendered.
After a scoreless fourth inning, MESD scored two runs in the top of the 5th inning. CNSF stormed back with six runs in the bottom of the 5th inning and clinched the game due to the 10-run rule. Third Baseman Glenn Wathen stroked a single scoring Chief Gunner's Mate (SW) Paul Maxey from second base with the final run.
Lt. Cmdr. Brad Snyder was 3 for 3 with 4 runs batted in to lead the offense. Surprisingly, CNSF scored 21 runs with the aid of only one extra-base hit, a double by Yeoman 1st Class (SW) Ed Moran.
Defensively, Senior Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW/MTS) Marshall Bradford had 5 of the 15 putouts from his left fielder position, including a clutch catch on a deep fly ball that shut down the MESD offense in the first inning.
Bradford played down the catch saying, "I thought I had a bead on it, and it kept drifting on me. It turned out to be routine."
Retired Chief Damage Controlman (SW) Brian Guthrie pitched five innings to record the win.