By Walt Johnson
FORT CARSON, Colo. — The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Branch sponsored a 16-team intramural league softball tournament on August 6, 2022 at the Mountain Post Sports Complex which saw an interesting ending to a fabulous event .
Team “Ghost” ended up winning the tournament remaining undefeated throughout the game. Team 168 RTI was in second place and Team Mofongo was third. Second and third place were based on the tiebreaker differential according to intramural athletic director Lorraine Thorson.
The tournament began on the morning of August 6, 2022 with a field of 16 teams and was the first Saturday tournament held on location in over five years. Thorson said the tournament was intended to give teams the chance to compete in a softball tournament before the start of the fall softball season. The fall softball season was scheduled to begin August 9, 2022 at the Mountain Post Sports Complex.
Thorson said the 15 post teams and a team from Peterson Space Force Base were extremely happy to dedicate their Saturday to the tournament and to have a chance to have a good softball game.
One of the teams that made the trip south was Peterson. Jeremy Lozano, Peterson’s coach, said his team wanted to compete against the best competition in Fort Carson to see how it would go and was looking forward to playing in the tournament.
“We wanted to come and play against the best players in Fort Carson to see how we could compete with the local softball greats,” Lozano said. “We are a team that likes to let our game speak for us,” Lozano said. “We wanted to see how well we could compete at this level of softball in addition to being able to play softball on a Saturday. We are a team that prioritizes defense over attack, so we want to see how it goes here.
Lozano added that the tournament was also a great way for the military and space force communities to come together in a relaxed environment where competition was the order of the day, but brotherhood was also something to be won. . He said what his team learned was that “there are a lot of great guys and women in the military, and I think they’ve learned that there are a lot of guys and wonderful women in the Space Force”.
While the weather was fine, the tournament saw several exciting matches. While no one would have wanted the tournament to be canceled due to weather, it was definitely a great day for the teams that got to play softball, according to players and DFMWR staff.
“Teams were thrilled to have the chance to play softball on a Saturday, and they would also have been happy to play all night if necessary to crown a champion. The tournament was designed to start on Saturday morning, which it did in perfect weather conditions, and run through the early evening. If the rain hadn’t come down as hard as it did, we were going to play until at least 8 p.m. and another game at 9:30 p.m. if the winner group team lost the 8 p.m. “said Thorson.
Once the rain came, it was necessary to go as accurately as possible to determine the champion since we knew that the grounds were not going to be playable.
“We certainly think this tournament was a success, players had a great time, families were able to come cheer on their favorite player and it was a great day for the sport here in Fort Carson,” Thorson said.