This was a rematch of last year’s championship for Division D.
Defending champion Bomb Busters player/coach Jordan Jones was asked before the game about playing the Space Cowboys again on NASA softball field 2.
“Every game is a rematch after last year,” he said. “We got new players. I’m sure they’ve got new players.”
But the result was similar as the Bomb Busters beat the Space Cowboys, 21-11 on May 7. The Bomb Busters scored eight runs in the top of the sixth to break open their season opener against last year’s runner-up.
“Came out a little slow and then we picked it up at the end,” player/assistant coach Barry Childress said. “Defense kept us in it until the offense picked up.”
Cleanup hitter Scott Patterson went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, four runs batted in and four runs scored. Childress, Jones and Teferi Taylor had three hits apiece. Steve Hargrove had two hits with a three-run double. Billy Steele, Joe Beckum and Mike Dixon added two hits apiece. Michael Melton pitched the six-inning win.
The Bomb Busters (1-0) had 25 hits, four for extra bases, and 20 runs batted in.
After the Bomb Busters scored four in the first inning, the Space Cowboys answered with five in their at bat and led 5-4 after two innings. But they trailed 8-6 after three and 13-9 after five.
Grant Lowman had three hits, two RBIs and two runs for the Space Cowboys (0-3). Jason Hopper, Tyron Childress and Ryan Childress, Tyron’s older brother, added two hits apiece. Hopper pitched the loss.
“That was a tough loss and a tough rematch,” Space Cowboys player/coach Will Kirby said. “We got the talent, we got skill. We’ve just got to get runs.”
Kirby missed the tournament final last Aug. 27 because he was away on a temporary duty assignment in Houston. After advancing from the losers bracket, Bomb Busters beat Space Cowboys 14-5 and 22-5 for the title.