FORT CARSON, Colo. -- The 2022 Fort Carson intramural softball season kicked off May 3, 2022, at the Mountain Post Sports Complex. The eight-week season is scheduled through June with a 12-team playoff capping off the season.
The usual excitement and confidence of the teams were evident as each took the field knowing they and everyone else was starting the season fresh and would be chasing the ultimate prize, the post championship.
Keros Bennett said the excitement of opening day was something he has only experienced twice since he first started playing softball two years ago.
“I really think more than the excitement of a new season is everyone realizing they are going to be able to come out with the competitive spirit we all have and have a chance to play against other teams,” said Bennett. “I think the fact that everyone is 0-0 for the season means that each team will come out and play their hardest knowing that we all have the same opportunities to be successful this year.”
“The best thing about intramural softball for me is that I get to play with my friends and co-workers. Also, it gives me and the other players a chance to talk smack to each other when we win, even when we are at work, so that makes it competitive and fun,” Bennett added.
Kalie Black was one of the more excited players because she didn’t know what to expect. This is the first time the athlete, who has played basketball and ran track, will try her hand at playing softball. The former Fountain-Fort Carson athlete, who is now an Army officer, credits unit participation and learning something new for bringing her to the field.
“I got involved because there were people in my platoon that wanted to put a team together, so I said why not be a part of it. I’m athletic so I said ‘why not give it a try.’ I had my first practice May 2, and I am excited to see how I do now that we are going to be playing games,” Black said.
Black made an immediate impact for her team as she singled in a run in her first ever at bat by beating out a slow roller on the infield. She said everything she does in softball will be a new experience for her, and she is excited to see what the results will be when the season ends.
“I think the most interesting thing for me is learning the technique and form you need to be able to play the game. Of course, I think just being out here playing with my company is going to be a lot of fun also,” Black said.