Davis-led Base wins Marine regional title
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — With his bat, feet, arm and glove, Tim Davis did it all, and carried Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler to its second Far East Regional Men’s Softball Tournament title in three years.
Davis, a shortstop, was 3-for-3, including an inside-the-park homer leading off the third inning. He also worked two double plays and ended a fifth-inning threat by grabbing a line drive as Base dethroned 1st Marine Aircraft Wing 3-0 in Thursday’s championship game.
The final was moved up from Friday because of the threat of bad weather.
Davis, 38, a chief warrant officer from Fairhaven, Mich., assigned to Camp Foster’s Headquarters and Services Battalion, was selected tournament MVP and earned his first invitation to the All-Marine tryout camp.
Not bad for a guy who was struggling as a second baseman three months earlier for his Club Red open team.
After converting to shortstop in May, “his game has consistently improved,” coach K.J. Basso said. “Defensively and with his stick. We put him in the leadoff hole. Every time we needed something, he put it there.”
Davis batted .611 in the tournament with two inside-the-park homers and four RBIs. For the first time in the event’s history, no player hit a ball over the fence. The 3-0 final was the lowest-scoring championship game and the first shutout.
It was the second title for Base in this tournament in three years. This season, Base added former All-Marines Kirby Wilson and Eduardo Santiesteban to the infield and Todd Harding on the mound.
“They made a big difference, absolutely,” Basso said. “They worked well with the younger kids.”
Aside from Davis’ performance, Wilson went 3-for-3, Mike Muller and Lee Smith each hit sacrifice flies and Harding held Wing to two hits, the lowest total for a team in a Far East regional title game.
“You can’t win any game with just two hits,” Wing coach Larry Borum said.
Muller led off the second with a triple and scored on Smith’s sacrifice fly. Davis homered in the third and Muller’s sacrifice fly scored Wilson in the sixth.
Wing loaded the bases in the fourth with one out, but Ben Plattsmier grounded out and Quentin Carritt popped out to end the threat.
Davis, three-time All-Marine Wilson and four others will represent the Far East region in the All-Marine tryout camp scheduled for Aug. 27-Sept. 10 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
Joining them are Wing’s Richie Krause, a two-time All-Marine; Travis Adams of 3rd Marine Division/III Marine Expeditionary Force; Joshua Vega of 3rd MLG; and Thomas Millsaps of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
They will vie for berths on the 15-player All-Marine team, which will play in the All-Armed Forces tournament scheduled for Sept. 11-16 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Marines last won that in 2000.