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Posted: July 3, 2018 2:49 p.m.
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Co. E, 2-3 Avn wins Hunter Championship

Mike Hughes /

Hunter Army Airfield senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. LaVander R. Wilkerson presented the trophies to the Co. E, 2-3 Avn., June 25.

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They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes.  Add a third certainty:  Company E, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment winning the Hunter Army Airfield Softball Championship.

Company E broke open a tight game by erupting for five runs in the top of the seventh to advance their lead from 14-11 to 19-11.   The resilient team from the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion was unable to score in the bottom of the seventh in the championship game played before a boisterous crowd in attendance at Squires Sports Complex June 25.

“Company E came together at the right time,” said Mike Hughes, Hunter intramural sports director, of the team that finished fourth in the regular season.  “They ended up going undefeated in the tournament, including a dramatic come from behind victory over 224 MI 12-11 in their second game of the tournament.”

The 2-3 Aviation squad relinquished an 8-7 lead to 224 MI in that game played on June 20 when 224 MI plated four runs in the top of the seventh.  Company E would answer with four runs of its own in the bottom of the frame, the final runs scoring on a hit by Darsayle Pearson, cleanup hitter and coach.

“We are blessed to have the support of our battalion commander and sergeant major and our company commander and first sergeant,” said Pearson.  “The fact they support us by allowing us to get off work early to take batting practice is a real difference maker.”

Pearson declared Case Mulherin has his team’s most valuable player in the tournament based on his performance and leadership. “He showed his leadership by taking charge in the outfield during the games by communicating positioning and defensive strategy and was also a key hitter, Pearson said.  His three-run double in the championship shifted momentum in that game.   Pearson also singled out Jeremy Franklin, who recorded the highest batting average on the team during the tournament.

Next up for 2-3 Aviation is the annual challenge game that pits Hunter’s champion against Fort Stewart’s champion.  The Hunter team has defeated Fort Stewart’s team each of the last four years.



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