VP-30, after trailing early in the game 9-1, came back to win the NAS Jacksonville softball Championship 16-15 over the
VP-16 War Eagles in dramatic fashion. VP-30 2nd baseman's David Heber relay throw nailed the tying run at the plate after
VP-16's Estes hit a double off the fence.
vVP-30' Jeff LaBrake lead the way with the bat going 4 for 4 with a triple
and Homerun, driving in 6 runs. Heber also had a fine day, collecting three hits and scoring three times. Jason Hesselbach
had three hits for VP-16 War Eagles in a losing effort.
VP16 started the game quickly putting up 4 runs in the top of
the 1st inning. John Mandreville tripled & scored on Hasselbachs infield hit. Later Jose Gomez scored two runs with a
single and Santiago scored Brian Johnson on a Fielder's choice.
VP30 got one run back after LaBrake's triple scored
Heber. LaBrake was throw out at home trying to streach his triple into an inside the park homer.
VP16 got a rally in
the top of the third putting up 5 runs. The big Blow was Gomez's 3-run Homer as VP16 built a 9-1 lead.
But VP30 came
alive in the bottom of the third helped in part by three walks and a pop fly hit. then LaBrake had a two run single followed
by Brown's two run single. Porter and Bricki also drove in runs in the rally. When it was over VP30 had scored 7 runs and
now trailed by only one 9-8.
VP16 made it 12-9 scoring three times in the top of the 4th inning. Estes, Hesselbach and
Johnson had RBI's in the inning.
VP30 put another big inning in the bottom of the 4th. Gonzales started it with a solo
homer. Then Labrake hit a 3-run homerun as VP30 took it's first lead of the game.Glaze, Bricki, Kinion and Gonzalez drove
in runs as VP30 went up for the first time in the game 16-12.
It stayed that way until the last inning. VP16 was barely
hanging on as there were two outs and seemed to have nothing going.But War Eagle Shawn Gloyd hit a two run triple and then
scored to make it 16-15. It was then Estes hit a drive that hit the fense in centerfield and VP16 runner made a break for
the plate with what would be the tying run. Meanwhile the relay from the outfield came to Heber in shallow Center. Heber threw
a strike to the plate and the VP16 runner was out ending the game. VP30 the victor 16-15.