Players ready to carve up the diamond at 2018 Armed Forces Softball Championship

By Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Hurd U.S. Armed Forces Sports

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The chalk is down and the bases are measured as elite military softball players from around the Department of Defense have come to Naval Air Station Pensacola to compete in the 2018 Women’s Armed Forces Softball Championship, Aug. 15-17.

Teams from the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps will play a three-day nine-game round-robin tournament to crown a military champion. The Air Force is looking to defend their title after going undefeated last year.

After the games are complete, an eleven-player All-Tournament Team will be announced. They will also select the fifteen players that will represent the entire DoD on the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Softball Team at the 2018 USA Softball National Women’s Open Championship in Portland, Oregon, Aug. 25-26.

The Armed Forces Sports program is the culmination of each branch of services’ sports and fitness program. Service members participate and compete at unit level intramurals and advance to the all-service level. AFS provides an avenue for military service members to participate in national and international competitions in 25 individual and team sports.