Softball season kicks off

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Clear blue skies and fresh cut grass mean one thing, softball season is here.

The 607th Air Control Squadron and the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit kicked of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center intramural softball season April 11, 2016.

The season is two months long and features 12 teams from across base. One team member from the 56 FWSA is eager to start playing.

“I’m very excited for the season to get underway,” said Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron finance technician. “I’m looking forward to starting from scratch and grabbing some wins this season.”

The games consist of seven innings or a 50-minute time limit. No inning shall start after the 50th minute, unless the game is tied. In case of a tie, a sudden death match occurs and the first team to score a run wins. Each team is allowed a maximum of 10 players and a minimum of eight on the field at a time.

Jose Diaz, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, runs for home plate during an intramural playoff softball game against the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., June 9, 2015. LRS defeated 310th 18-2.

If fewer than 10 players start, there is an automatic out against that team. Also, the mercy rule is in effect this season. If one team is leading by 15 or more runs after the third inning or 10 or more runs after the fifth inning, the game is ended and the score is final.

All the teams are competing for the most prized possession amongst Luke softball players, the intramural softball championship trophy.

“It gets really intense during the season,” said Savier Hernandez-Beltre, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron fuels systems apprentice. “Everyone is fighting for that number one spot. You will see a lot of people on their A game this season.”

For more information on intramural softball and the regulations, call the Bryant Fitness Center at 623-856-6241. 

Jack Taylor, 56th Mission Support Group, catches the ball during an intramural softball game against the 56th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., May 18, 2015. 56 FSS defeated MDG 10-9.