Tommy Roy and Rodney Lucas each blasted two home runs to power the Alconbury Spartans past St. Mawgan 13-11 Sunday in the championship game of the 2003 USAFE Small Units softball tournament at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.
The victory allowed Alconbury to complete an 8-0 run through the six-day, 12-team event and retain the title.
St. Mawgan, which finished the five-game pool-play portion of the tournament tied with Kleine Brogel and Fairford at 3-2, won four times in Saturday’s double-elimination portion to reach the championship.
St. Mawgan stopped Geilenkirchen 14-11, Sembach 29-23, Kleine Brogel 32-30 and Rhein-Main 28-19 on Saturday only to see their bats go cold on Sunday. St. Mawgan connected for three home runs against Alconbury.
It was the second loss to Alconbury in as many days for St. Mawgan. Alconbury prevailed 17-12 on Saturday.
Rhein-Main’s Rockets, runners-up to Alconbury last season, were unbeaten in the round-robin portion of the tournament but fell to Alconbury 23-13 in the winners-bracket final and 28-19 to St. Mawgan in the losers-bracket final.
St. Mawgan’s Mark Miller claimed the tourney’s sportsmanship award, the plaque USAFE prefers to an MVP trophy. Miller also made the tournament all-star squad, where he was joined by Lucas and Scott Bernier of Alconbury; Trey Walker, Adam Esposito and Bobby Gamsby of Rhein-Main; John Weaver of Fairford; Al Lutes of Kleine Brogel; and Tim Faircloth and Don Prince of Sembach.
Marines annex Army-Europe title
The top company-level softball team in U.S. Army-Europe for 2003 turned out to be made up of U.S. Marines.
The Stuttgart-based Devil Dogs from the USMC element at EUCOM Headquarters claimed their fifth victory without a defeat in Sunday’s Army-Europe Unit-Level championship game, a 9-8 verdict over Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 5th Signal Command, of Mannheim.
The tournament was played in Grafenwöhr, Germany.
Fifth Signal, which lost its opening game Friday in this 12-team, double-elimination event, earned its berth in the title game with a victory over HHC, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, of Hohenfels in Sunday morning’s losers-bracket final.
Burton cards ace
OFTERSHEIM, Germany — Charles Burton, who describes himself as an “uncommitted golfer,” sank the first hole-in-one of his career Sunday at Heidelberg Golf Club.
Burton used a seven-wood to ace HGC’s 211-yard 12th hole, according to club officials.