JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas –
The Air Force women’s softball team settled for second place
after beating Navy, 3-1, at the Armed Forces Softball Championships Sept. 24 at
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The team finished the triple round-robin tournament with a
4-5 record, competing against teams from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The
Army squad won the tournament with an undefeated 9-0 record.
Air Force Coach Salomon Vieyra, from Joint Base San
Antonio-Lackland, said the team finished the tournament on a high note by
taking the silver medals after its win over Navy.
The Air Force team went 4-2 against the Navy and Marine
Corps squads. The Army dominated the Armed Forces championships by averaging
nine runs a game.
Vieyra said the Air Force team didn’t hit the ball
consistently like they did in last year’s tournament, which they won. The team averaged 3.5 runs per game in the
tournament, which was below the seven runs per game they put out on their way
to winning the Armed Forces title last year. The Air Force squad’s highest offensive
output was an 8-7 win over the Marine Corps.
Defense helped the team in the tournament, shutting out the
Marine Corps 5-0 on the first day of the tournament and in their decisive 3-1
win over Navy to claim the silver medals.
“We played great defense against Navy,” Vieyra said. “There
were a couple of plays made in the outfield that saved some runs. We turned two
double plays against them.”
Based on their performances at the tournament, three Air
Force players were selected to the women’s All-Armed Forces team including
Staff Sgt. Schameka White from Kadena Air Base Japan; Tech Sgt. Latonya Mathis
from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.; and Senior Airman Terri Hodges from Little
Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
The All Armed Forces squad competed in the Amateur Softball
Association/USA Women’s Open National Championship Saturday and Sunday in
In addition, Staff Sgt. Lyndsay Moen from the 433rd Airlift
Wing at JBSA-Lackland, and Staff Sgt. Amber Devlin from Osan Air Force Base,
Korea, were named to the Armed Forces Softball Championships Tournament Team.
The Air Force team was made up 15 active-duty players,
including three JBSA members, who made the squad during tryouts at
JBSA-Randolph in September. The three players from JBSA were Moen, Eileen McCain
from JBSA-Randolph, and Senior Airman
Alisha Ayon from JBSA-Lackland.