This year's softball season ended Aug. 29, with the 3rd Infantry Division, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, intramural softball team claiming the championship title at Fort Stewart, Ga.
Eleven teams competed in a seven-week regular season, followed by a playoff series. The 3ID HHDB team the "Legion", charged into the championship after posting a 5-1 record during the regular season. The championship pitted "Legion" against the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, the "Charlie Dogs". Legion claimed the trophy after defeating the Charlie Dogs, 17-8.
"Our strategy was just hit the ball where they weren't and play solid defense. Go out and play fundamental ball," said Legion coach, Sgt. Bradley Sobeck. "It's pretty cool for us to win. We had a pretty great group of individuals that included a diverse group of players from different platoons and it's great to bring them all together and see them work as a team."
The game went on for over 60 minutes, logging the final out on a contested 3rd base play.
"My favorite moment was the last out when we threw them out at 3rd. I'm a defense guy so it was pretty cool," said Staff Sgt. Sgt. Vince Dillard the "Legion" centerfielder.
The season featured 32 games played with approximately 180 participants, all active duty Soldiers. The final day of the season would come with a gut check Soldiers are accustomed to.
"There was a seven-week regular season with two games a week. We had two and a half weeks of rain outs, so the season was affected pretty bad by the rain," said Jacob Miller, the Fort Stewart Intramural Sports Director. "The tournament ended up pretty good though, it ended up being a really clear day. We were able to hold the two semi-final games and the championship on the same night."
While Legion hoisted the championship trophy to end softball season, intramural flag football kicks off in September.
"We have volleyball right now, and flag football starts September 10, which is a seven week long season with a tournament," said Miller.
For more information about intramural sports opportunities, contact the Fort Stewart Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Office at Newman Fitness Center, 912-610-3481.