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USALSA first baseman, Meredith Picard, left, connects for a single up the middle during her team’s IM softball matchup against Belvoir Hospital, June 25 at Graves Field.

U.S. Army Legal Services Agency managed to maintain a narrow advantage over Fort Belvoir Community Hospital through six innings, to claim a scant, 7-6 victory in a late-season intramural softball matchup, June 25 at Graves Field.

The two evenly matched squads—both past Commander’s Cup champions—remained within striking distance of the winner’s circle throughout the defense-heavy showdown. But, a late-game RBI propelled USALSA across the plate to take a one-run lead, and a stellar effort in the field shut down the hospital’s comeback attempts to secure the win.

The single-elimination championship tournament is scheduled to begin today, starting at 6 p.m. at Graves Field.

For game schedules, results and standings, visit http://www.quickscores.com/belvoirmwr.

For information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Justin Fitzgerald, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their unit representative to sign up and get details.

Photos by Rick Musselman

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FBCH pitcher and team captain, Jason Naputi, delivers the throw during his team’s softball showdown with USALSA, June 25 at Graves Field.

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USALSA third baseman, Richard Hagner, moves back to snag a shallow pop fly during his team’s intramural softball matchup against FBCH, June 25 at Graves Field.

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FBCH shortstop, Tyler Brown, slings the ball to first for the out during his team’s softball showdown with USALSA, June 25 at Graves Field.