After waiting several days for stormy skies to clear, Cryptologic Warfare Group 6 and the 22d Intelligence Squadron finally competed in the Division I softball championship round.
After a rocky start, CWG 6 defeated the 22nd IS, 15-11, on Aug. 16 at Donahue Field, gaining the championship title.
“I feel really good about the win,” said Gabe Stecker of CWG 6. “It was a rough start, but we came back and got the win.”
After the bottom of the second inning, the 22nd IS led CWG 6, 8-1. In the third inning, CWG 6 pitcher Thomas Lingefelt held the 22nd IS scoreless, allowing CWG 6 back into the game.
“I’m pretty proud of my pitching performance today,” Lingefelt said. “I was a little nervous at the start, but it actually turned out very well.”
In the top of the fourth, the 22nd IS tied the score 9-9, but CWG 6 just kept pulling away.
“I’ll hit it to you all day,” said Joseph Hake of CWG 6 as he ran the bases while taunting the 22nd IS outfielders.
After the game, Hake talked about the team’s performance.
“This is the best group of young Navy individuals I’ve had the chance to play ball with,” he said. “The most challenging part was being down 8-1, but I just let these young guys know that seven runs ain’t much in slow-pitch softball.”
Friends and family came out to watch both teams go head to head in the championship round.
“I really enjoyed the game, along with the crowd out here today,” said an Air Force retiree, who came to show his support for a few of his buddies in the 22nd IS.
At the end of the game, both teams received trophies. CWG 6 was awarded a gold tournament trophy, while the 22nd IS was honored with a silver runner-up trophy.
The 704th Military Intelligence Brigade received a plaque for winning the regular season championship.
CWG 6 also received championship beverage holders created by the Arts & Crafts Center.
“I really appreciate everyone’s patience with the cancellations due to the weather,” said Beth Downs, sports specialist for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, after the game.
“Thank you to all of the families and friends for your support, and the support from the command.”