By Geraldine Cook/ Diálogo April 16, 2019 “When we were ambushed, my reaction was to protect them,” said Salvadoran Army Master Sergeant Fredy Adolfo Castro Urbina, member of the Special Counter-terrorism Command (CEAT, in Spanish), a unit of the Salvadoran Armed Force’s (FAES, in Spanish) Special Forces Command (CFE, in Spanish). “I got them out of the truck, pushed them into a ditch, and drove a vehicle across to protect them from bullets.” Iraqi insurgents were attacking them. Master Sgt. Castro shared with Diálogo his experience as part of a contingent of 360 service members of FAES’s Cuscatlán Battalion, which took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011.) On March 5, 2004, he led a three-vehicle convoy transporting members of the Multi-national Force – Iraq that came under attack. For his heroic deed, Master Sgt. Castro and five of his soldiers were awarded the U.S. Bronze Star Medal on November 12, 2004. The decoration is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone. Nowadays, Master Sgt. Castro is a CEAT instructor who teaches the new generations of soldiers about the courage, discipline, and responsibility that come with belonging to special forces. CEAT is one of three special forces units of FAES’s CFE. Interagency work “We are FAES’s strategic reserve, and our goal is to meet national defense objectives,” said Salvadoran Army Colonel Jorge Miranda Martínez, commander of CFE. “We must be ready to deploy at any time, under any conditions, and with maximum operating capacity.” CFE launched as a command in 1992, bringing together the already existing elite units: CEAT, the Parachute Battalion, and the Special Operations Group (GOE, in Spanish). Although the defense of national sovereignty is CFE’s main priority, its members also conduct operations to support public security, works to benefit the public, humanitarian assistance aid in case of natural disasters, and peacekeeping missions. CFE works jointly with the rest of the military, and conducts interagency operations with the National Civil Police and other government agencies. CFE members carry out a regular training program of 24 weeks. Upon completion, they can choose one of 10 specialties, such as combat parachute, free fall, assault teams, and snipers, among others. CEAT’s origins CEAT was established in 1985 to carry out counterterrorism tasks, hostage rescue, and dignitary protection. “We have highly qualified personnel to fulfill different missions, especially with our hostage rescue capabilities, or in case of a terrorist attack,” said Salvadoran Army Lieutenant Colonel José Carlos Estrada Villafuerte, commander of CEAT. According to the officer, the training, discipline, and spirit of camaraderie and partnership, added to the command’s experiences in El Salvador and Iraq, are a fundamental part of the unit’s prestige. “The U.S. Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) joins our training and helps us with logistics and know-how. We conduct combined training,” he added. ODA is the Green Berets’ primary combat force. It leverages its expertise and experience to train with partner nations and improve force interoperability. Parachute Battalion The Parachute Battalion was inaugurated in 1963, with three maneuver squadrons, a combat support squadron, and a command squadron. The unit specializes in combat parachute, rigging, and precision free fall. “We conduct airborne and air mobile operations at the orders of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” said Salvadoran Army Lieutenant Colonel Óscar René Velásquez, commander of the Parachute Battalion. “We are a strategic unit, and we can fulfill infantry battalion missions.” With a 55-year history, the battalion is recognized for its integrated work among CFE elite units, humanitarian operations, and mission in Iraq. “We joined to work together as a team, as a command,” Lt. Col. Velásquez said. “Our personnel are highly qualified. Often times, they must work on the field on their own and know the rules of whatever they face.” Special Operations Group GOE was created in 1983 and is recognized for its Hacha and PRAL (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols, in Spanish) commands, both specialized in specific special operations. GOE also has combat swimmers and divers. The Hacha command prepares soldiers to carry out ambushes, swift attacks, interdiction and sniper operations, and night vision training. The PRAL command bases its training on underwater, land, and air missions. “We carry out direct action operations, interdictions, support missions for other units such as training, ambush missions, and swift attacks,” said Salvadoran Army Major Hugo Alexander Campos Bonilla, GOE commander. “These commands are important for their training and equipment. They can make an incursion in the enemy’s rearguard,” Maj. Campos said. “Our own training is very important, as well as what ODA offers, as it helps us improve our courses and interact with the doctrine,” Maj. Campos said. “It serves to help and support us; we get new equipment, techniques, and training exercises, all of which we include in our plans to make our preparation more professional,” he added. Contribution to peace FAES’s experience in Iraq defined its history, while also reinforcing ties of cooperation with the United States. The country is one of four in Central America and 12 worldwide that sent troops to the U.S.-led international coalition to fight the insurgency and terrorism that afflicted the Middle Eastern country. Alongside Spanish and Polish soldiers, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador made up the Plus Ultra Brigade of the Multinational Division Center-South, one of four operational divisions of the multinational peacekeeping force deployed to Iraq. Out of 2,500 service members in the division, 360 belonged to the El Salvador’s Cuscatlán Battalion. With a wide range of operations, from the mission in Iraq to supporting the fight against gangs and narcotrafficking, GOE, the Parachute Battalion, and CEAT show their versatility, effectiveness, and high capacity to conduct combat missions involving direct and indirect action. For its members, the mission in Iraq left an unprecedented legacy. “Our personnel were able to train in real combat situations. We felt the heat of bullets and combat, as we contributed to the reconstruction of Iraq,” Col. Miranda said. “It helped us position ourselves and be recognized not only in Latin America, but also in the world, as a very professional army that contributes to strengthening democracies in other countries.”
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The National Association of Pension Funds has named eight companies that have failed to take seriously shareholder concerns on pay.While acknowledging that the “flash points” belied a downward trend in resistance to remuneration policies, the organsation’s corporate governance policy lead, Will Pomroy, said the “significant shareholder dissent” did not reflect well.Compared with 28 FTSE 350 companies that last year saw “significant concerns” expressed about pay, by mid-August, eight companies – including budget airline easyJet, First Group and Lonmin – had investors once again complaining.The NAPF said companies with successive years of dissent were those that in 2013 saw pay votes rejected by at least 15% of shareholders and a further 20% this year. Other named companies included Ocado Group, Ophir Energy, SVG Capital, Mitie Group and Capital & Counties Properties.First, which has several contracts to maintain public transport in UK cities, was criticised for the high level of executive pay when compared against peers in the sector, as well as “inappropriate and un-stretching metrics”.Pomroy added: “We urge all those firms whose shareholders have so clearly signalled their dissatisfaction this year to begin in earnest a conversation to resolve the concerns well ahead of next year’s AGM season.”Under new UK regulation, remuneration votes are split in two – with a policy report drawn up by the company and put to a vote every three years, while pay is put to binding votes and each AGM.“We are glad to see greater transparency and hope more companies next year use their reporting to communicate better with their investors, as opposed to simply complying with the regulations,” Pomroy said.New requirements for auditors to discuss in greater detail the process for companies were also welcomed, with Pomroy saying they had achieved “the almost impossible task of keeping both investors and companies happy”.
EU NAVFOR military personnel seized and destroyed an active pirate action group (PAG) whaler, which was used in an attack against the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier KSL Sydney earlier this month. The bulker was fired upon in the Gulf of Aden, while transiting the area on October 16. The shots were fired from a skiff that tailed the vessel, some 340 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia in the Somali Basin.However, as the armed guards on board the ship returned fire the gang from the skiff abandoned their plan of boarding the vessel and departed.EUNAVFOR’ informed that the master had already evacuated the crew to the citadel when the armed security team responded to the attack. Both the vessel and its crew were reported to be safe.EU NAVFOR coordinated with other counter-piracy missions to ensure an investigation was carried out, deploying counter-piracy assets in the Somali Basin to maintain heightened vigilance. Air surveillance of the area managed to detected the whaler which was later seized and destroyed.“Using the resources of Op Atalanta we were able to identify, track and destroy the equipment of a pirate action group making it harder for them to attack maritime shipping in the future. We will continue to deter and prevent acts of piracy with every chance we get in order to ensure vulnerable shipping and their crews remain safe while they transit the Western Indian Ocean,” Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares, the EU NAVFOR Force Commander, said.
Harrison County, In. — Indiana Conservation Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in slowing a string of environmental thefts in southern Indiana. Charles Cole Jr., 44, of New Salisbury, is wanted on an active felony arrest warrant, stemming from an investigation earlier this month.On October 10, 2018, Indiana Conservation Officers received a report of trespass in northern Harrison County, after a landowner’s trail camera captured a late-night photo of a man suspected of stealing ginseng plants from the property. The landowner also discovered that a separate trail camera had been stolen from a tree.Upon viewing the trail camera photo, Indiana Conservation Officers immediately identified the man as Charles Cole Jr., from recent dealings with him involving a separate trespass/ginseng theft case. After speaking with Cole, they discovered stolen ginseng and a stolen memory card from another trail camera at his residence.During the course of their investigation, Indiana Conservation Officers recovered stolen ginseng in addition to 9 stolen trail cameras and memory cards. As a result, they sought an arrest warrant through the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office on 10/19/18.Meanwhile, on 10/21/18, Indiana Conservation Officers fielded additional complaints after Cole was again caught on a property owner’s trail camera trespassing and digging ginseng in Washington County.To date, Cole has sold at least 40 pounds of ginseng, much of which is believed to have been stolen from unsuspecting landowners. Current market value for dry ginseng in Harrison County is approximately $500-$650 per pound.Ginseng is regulated to ensure a healthy population for the future. For more information on Indiana’s ginseng program, follow this link: https://www.in.gov/dnr/naturepreserve/8235.htm.If anyone has information concerning this case, they are encouraged to contact Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536, or their local law enforcement agency.All charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
On Monday, 29-year-old Nicholas James Imhoff from Florida plead not guilty to a federal drug charge after he was caught with 78 pounds of meth on a Montana highway, authorities said.Authorities say it was the largest amount of meth ever seized in a traffic stop in the state.Imhoff was traveling rental from Las Vegas and the drugs were found under floor storage compartments in garbage bags, according to police. He told a state trooper that he was headed to North Dakota for “work.”Imhoff headed back to custody after appearing in federal court in Billings.
MLB-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass chargeKEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. NASCAR-POCONOLate scratch: Harvick knocks off Pocono from winless listLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kevin Harvick snapped an 0-for-38 drought at Pocono Raceway, taking the checkered flag Saturday at one of two tracks where victory had eluded him.Harvick won the first of two NASCAR Cup races in front of no fans this weekend at Pocono and will start 20th on Sunday with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers.The 44-year-old California driver has won at every active track except Kentucky Speedway (nine tries) and the 2014 series champion has three wins overall for Stewart-Haas Racing this season.Harvick held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin for his 52nd career Cup victory. He had 12 top-five finishes in his other 38 starts at Pocono. pandemic.Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes at the track a week ago. Associated Press The Yankees and Nationals are set meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month, a person familiar with the game told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement.The New York Post first reported the matchup.MLB will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out — there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract with the Yankees as a free agent. Rendon got a $245 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYPlay-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five.As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere. He held off on the celebratory burnout — Harvick needs the same car for Sunday’s race. The race was scheduled as the second Saturday, but rain washed out the Truck Series race. .”NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADERNASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday.Rain has washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. NFL-OBIT-KRUEGERFormer NFL, college coach Krueger dies at 90; Bucs’ 1st GMPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL and college coach Phil Krueger has died. Krueger helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history. Krueger coached offense, defense and special teams during more than three decades in the NFL and college. He was the head coach at Fresno State and Utah State and an assistant at Illinois. Krueger was an assistant coach with the expansion Buccaneers in 1976 and later became their general manager.His family says Krueger died Monday at his home in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was 90. Todd matches Johnson’s 61 to take the lead; Mickelson drops to 7thCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson each shot career-low 61s at the Travelers Championship on Saturday, leaving Todd with a two-stroke lead over the 2016 U.S. Open champion. The 34-year-old Georgian, playing a couple holes behind Johnson, had a chance at the tournament’s second 60 of the week but missed a 10-foot putt to the left on the 18th hole. He finished with a 54-hole score of 192 after shooting 66-65 the first two rounds. Johnson, who is looking for his 21st win on tour, also has improved each day, opening with a 69-64. Both golfers shot bogey-free rounds, with Todd making five birdies on the front nine and Johnson five on the back. Kevin Streelman fired a 63 after two straight rounds of 66 and was just three shots back. Mackenzie Hughes, who led after a 60 on Thursday, shot his second straight 68 for sole possession of fourth place. NEW YORK (AP) — A barn at Belmont Park has been placed under a precautionary quarantine because of a suspected case of equine herpesvirus Type 1.New York Racing Association officials say a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart exhibited fever and neurological symptoms associated with EHV-1 on Saturday and is being treated by a private veterinarian. The colt named Freudnme last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019.EHV-1 can cause upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.NYRA says all 37 horses stabled in Barn 37 will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. They won’t be allowed to enter races or train among the general horse population. The length of the quarantine will depend on the results of tests.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus NWSL players kneel during the national anthemPlayers for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday when the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. In addition to the anthem, the players knelt for a moment of silence before kickoff. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. Megan Rapinoe, who plays for OL Reign but opted out of the Challenge Cup, was criticized when she knelt at a NWSL game and a pair of national team games in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem to bring attention to racial inequality. June 27, 2020 The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE ADSpeedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ post DENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. SOCCER-NWSL-ANTHEM PROTEST Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year.Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him. HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEBelmont Park barn under precautionary quarantine Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditYANKEES-NATIONALS OPENERAP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening dayNEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in a tasty opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. WOMEN’S SOCCER-THORNS COURAGEWilliams’ stoppage time goal lifts Courage over Thorns 2-1HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Lynn Williams scored in stoppage time and the North Carolina Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the opening game of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had opened preseason training camps when the league shut down on March 12.Players from both teams collectively took a knee during the national anthem and wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in pre-game warmups to protest racial inequity Players for both teams took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTERCarlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest rule Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 50th birthday last week, began the day with a one-stroke lead, but struggled to a 71, finishing tied for seventh in a group six shots back. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTexas Rangers: Several positive testsUNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week.The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins. Update on the latest sports PINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism commentsPARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
After recording just one run on four hits in the first game of its doubleheader against North Dakota State, the University of Wisconsin softball team was able to alter its approach in Game 2 and hold off the Bison.NDSU pitcher Allison Bakke demonstrated exactly why she is the ace of the Bison staff, as she kept Wisconsin’s hitters uncomfortable and off-balance for the entirety of Game 1. Bakke notched seven strikeouts in her complete game effort, and at one point sat down 14 UW hitters in a row before centerfielder Sam Polito reached on an infield single.Throughout the first contest, Bakke was able to rely on her changeup whenever she found herself behind in the count, which resulted in several foul balls and weak groundouts off the Badgers’ bats. In counts where UW hitters would normally be able to sit on a fastball, Bakke would go off-speed and catch Wisconsin unprepared.”Her changeup was pretty fat,” third baseman Athena Vasquez said. “But we weren’t reacting to it; we weren’t seeing it.”Junior right fielder Katie Hnatyk agreed that Bakke’s changeup was a tough pitch to hit, but that wasn’t why UW had a tough time hitting it.”We were just thinking way too much,” Hnatyk said. “She had the changeup, we knew she had the changeup, and we were thinking about it way too much instead of just reacting to it.”And UW head coach Chandelle Schulte didn’t pull any punches when asked about her team’s initial performance.”Our first game was terrible,” Schulte said. “We didn’t adjust at the plate, and we gave up too many runs. We have to show up and play, and we didn’t, and we’re going to get beat every time if we do that.”But it wasn’t only Bakke’s changeup that left Wisconsin hitters shaking their heads.”It was everything,” Schulte said. “But we knew that coming in. She’s got a really good ERA, and she’s got the record, but it was the changeup, and it was the curveball. She threw a nice mix.”Following the Game 1 loss, Schulte gathered her squad in the locker room for what some would call “constructive criticism” of their collective hitting approach.Whatever the course of discussion took, Wisconsin looked like a completely different team in the second half of the doubleheader. Allison Bakke was in the circle again for the Bison, but she wouldn’t stay there for long. After Athena Vasquez reached base on an error in the bottom of the second inning, Ricci Robben tagged Bakke for a two-run home run to deep left-center, giving the Badgers a 2-0 lead. Bakke got out of the inning with no further damage, but didn’t return for the third.The third inning saw UW continue its offensive onslaught against a new face in the circle, ND State pitcher Bekki Rasmussen. It was a tough day for Rasmussen, as she surrendered four consecutive singles to begin the inning, and was yanked before recording an out. The Badgers totaled four runs in the frame, including one on a suicide squeeze executed to perfection by first baseman Alexis Garcia.”I knew they’d come out and start [Bakke],” Schulte said. “I would have. But we hit her early, and we made better adjustments.”Badger pitchers Letty Olivarez and Leah Vanevenhoven were able to shut the Bison down from there, but the two-run jack from Ricci Robben proved to make the difference for Wisconsin. “It was huge because Ricci came up in the first game with runners on first and second twice with two outs and didn’t put the ball in play,” Schulte said. “Most kids wouldn’t be able to come back in that same situation. To me [the difference] was mental fortitude.”It was good because we got the run,” Schulte added, “but it was more important because mentally, she was committed to getting it done.”Robben added a double in the fifth and finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate. “I was seeing [the ball] a lot better than the first game,” Robben said. “I knew what [Bakke] was going to throw me, and I just sat and waited for my pitch.”
Although some inter-county bosses don’t take the competition that seriously the Tipp supremo thinks there’s a lot to be gained by doing so.The Premier County open their campaign against Dublin at Semple Stadium on February 13th but will play two more prepatory games before that fixture.Michael says the players will gain a lot if they do well in the NHL.