JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. –
Teams from Joint Base Andrews and Joint Base Myers-Henderson Hall battled it out on the softball field at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., Oct. 24, 2022.
The Battle of the Bases is a military softball tournament that is presented by the Washington Nationals, and it is an extension of the intramural seasons held at each base across the National Capital Region.
The Nationals hosted a tournament including all National Capital Region installations, allowing teams of active duty service members from each of the six branches to participate. The preliminary rounds determined the participants for the championship game, which was held under the lights at Nationals Park on Oct. 24.
“It is an amazing opportunity to come out here and get to play in a major league ballpark,” said Maj. Eric McDaniel, Air National Guard Readiness Center F-15 weapons systems manager. “It’s something you grow up as a kid and see those big leaguers play on the field, so it’s just awesome to come out here and live out a childhood dream.”
The game lasted seven innings and the final score was 11 to 9 in favor of Joint Base Andrews.
“Honestly, there is nothing that feels better than this,” said Tech Sgt. Joshua Montero, 1st Airlift Squadron communications systems operator. “We worked hard, we put together a team at the last minute, but we knew we had the talent on base to make some noise, and we came here and did our job and won.”