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Softball All-Star Day hits morale home run

Senior Airman Aaron Elmore, 19th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, hits a softball during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day Home Run Derby Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Each competitor had 10 minutes and two rounds to hit as many home runs as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

Senior Airman Aaron Elmore, 19th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, hits a softball during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day Home Run Derby Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Each competitor had 10 minutes and two rounds to hit as many home runs as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

Airman 1st Class Joseph Barnes, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration apprentice, tries to steal home during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day game Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.  The National League team won 14-9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

Airman 1st Class Joseph Barnes, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration apprentice, tries to steal home during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day game Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The National League team won 14-9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

A National League team member runs for third base during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day game Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The National League beat the American League in a close match. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

A National League team member runs for third base during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day game Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The National League beat the American League in a close match. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

Tech Sgt. Bolin Belles, National League team member, runs for first base during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day game Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. After winning 14-9, the National League took home the trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

Tech Sgt. Bolin Belles, National League team member, runs for first base during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day game Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. After winning 14-9, the National League took home the trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

Staff Sgt. Robert Mullen, 19th Maintenance Group airspace ground equipment specialist, hits a home run during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day Home Run Derby Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Home Run Derby was a free-for-all batting match for players to claim the derby trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

Staff Sgt. Robert Mullen, 19th Maintenance Group airspace ground equipment specialist, hits a home run during the 2017 Softball All-Star Day Home Run Derby Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Home Run Derby was a free-for-all batting match for players to claim the derby trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Intramural softball players competed in the 2017 Softball All-Star Day games Aug. 3, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base.

The Home Run Derby and the All-Star game raised morale and promoted friendly competition leading up to the championship game at the end of the softball season.

“We’re halfway through the season already,” said Staff Sgt. David Nearbin, 19th Force Support Squadron sports manager. “We haven’t hosted an All-Star day in years so this is a great opportunity for the base to come out and have a good time.”

The Home Run Derby was a free-for-all batting match for players to claim the derby trophy.

Each competitor had 10 minutes and two rounds to hit as many home runs as possible. Master Sgt. Alex Ford, 189th Maintenance Squadron quality assurance inspector, came out victorious with a combined total of 11 home runs. 

“I’ve been playing for 27 years,” Ford said. “It was just good to be out there with a good group of people. It was all in good spirits but it was also a well-planned and executed game.”

Following the Derby was the All-Star game where the intramural softball coaches selected their best players to create two competing teams: the American League team and the National League team. 

The National League batted first, taking the lead in the first inning. However, the American League answered with repeated hits of their own.

After a close match and seven innings, the National League won 14-9.

“It was pretty awesome,” said Staff Sgt. Steven Galioto, National League team coach. “I’ve never been a part of a base who has an all-star game. I think the outfield was the deciding factor for both teams because we were both getting hits.”  

Until next year, softball teams all-over Team Little Rock will have the opportunity to participate and take home the Softball All-Star trophy.

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