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NEWS | Aug. 23, 2016

Warhawks finish in top three at Military World Tournament

JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs

The Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Warhawks recorded a third-place finish in its first year competing in the United States Specialty Sports Association Military World Tournament Slow-Pitch Men's Military Varsity A class.

The team marked a 3-2 record during the three-day, double elimination tournament Aug. 12-14 in Augusta, Ga. The Warhawks won its first three games before losing its final two contests.

Brett Cannon, JBSA-Lackland varsity and Intramural Sports director and Warhawks head coach, said he is “extremely proud” of his team for their performance in the tournament and feels they represented JBSA-Lackland well.

“Each and every game they battled and never gave up,” he said.

Looking back on their first experience playing in the A class, the Warhawks realize fundamental issues plagued the Warhawks down the stretch.

“We did not hit nearly as well as we should have,” Cannon said. “We had guys trying to do things they haven’t done all year. There were also too many untimely errors defensively on our part.”

Master Sgt. John Grice, 341st Training Squadron military working dog instructor, believes consistency was missing in Warhawks quest of a second consecutive second consecutive Military World championship.

“From top to bottom, we needed to make routine plays,” he said. “As a team, we learned that we have the skills and ability to play with the best talent the military has to offer and we canhang with the big boys in this sport.”

The Warhawks next compete in the All World Sports Slowpitch Military A Tournament Dec. 3-5 in Las Vegas.

Cannon said he is excited for the Warhawks to “get back on the grind” within the next year to prepare for next year’s Military World Tournament.

“I think we will have a good core group of players returning to get back on top,” he said.

Grice shared his coach’s enthusiasm. “I am always excited to take the field with my teammates who are also family to me,” he said. “We have work ahead of us, but I have no doubts that we will be stronger next year.”