Air Force Women Repeat Armed Forces Softball Crown

By Armed Forces Sports Secretariat U.S. Armed Forces Sports

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Even the weather was not enough to prevent Air Force from capturing their second straight Armed Forces Women’s Softball Championship held here at Barrancas Ball Fields, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. from Aug 15-17.

Soaring through the competition, Air Force posted a 6-3 record during the triple round robin tournament, outscoring their opponents 96-81.  

Led by coach Mr. Michael Richardson of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland AFB, Texas, Air Force sealed the title after defeating Army 15-4 and Marine Corps 20-6 in the final round.

With a disappointing third place finish in 2017, Army captured silver after compiling a 5-4 record.  

In their best showing in ten years, Marine Corps dominated the Navy winning all three games and threatened the Army’s chance for silver. Marines placed third overall with a 4-5 record.  

Host Navy finished fourth with a record of 3-6, with all wins coming against the champion Air Force. 

Heavy downpours plagued this year’s championship, causing multiple delays and threatened to cancel the tournament. With luck, the sky cleared enough to fit in the final games to close out the 2018 championship.

During the awards ceremony, the 11-player All-Tournament Team was selected based on the top players of this year’s championship. 

Based on player availability, the 15-player U.S. Women’s Armed Forces Softball Team was selected, led by winning Air Force Coach Mr. Michael Richardson of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland AFB, Texas. 

The U.S. Armed Forces team will compete in the USA Softball Women’s Open Championship in Portland Oregon from August 25-26.  

Follow the action and complete results at www.armedforcessports.defense.gov.  


Armed Forces Women’s All-Tournament Team:

Sgt. Michele Cox, NAS Pensacola, Fla. – Marine Corps
PO3 Valerie Proulx, NAS Oceana, Va. – Navy
Lt. j.g. Jessica Kallander, Kaneohe, Hawaii – Navy
1st Lt. Dana Vahey, Fort Meade, Md. – Air Force
Sgt. Allison Lotz, MCAS Yuma, Ariz. – Marine Corps
Ensign Monica Shifflet, NAS Pensacola, Fla. – Navy
Senior Airman Megan Hinds, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Hawaii – Air Force
Cpl. Nicole Mills, U.S. Army Reserves – Army
1st Lt. Carmen Fowler, Nellis AFB, Nevada – Air Force
Sgt. Ninostka Amarogarcia, Fort Hood, Texas – Army
Pfc. Brittany Stein, Camp Carroll, Korea – Army


U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Softball Team based on player and coach availability:
Sgt. Michele Cox, NAS Pensacola, Fla. – Marine Corps
PO3 Valerie Proulx, NAS Oceana, Va. – Navy
Lt. j.g. Jessica Kallander, Kaneohe, Hawaii – Navy
1st Lt. Dana Vahey, Fort Meade, Md. – Air Force
Sgt. Allison Lotz, MCAS Yuma, Ariz. – Marine Corps
Senior Airman Megan Hinds, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Hawaii – Air Force
Cpl. Nicole Mills, U.S. Army Reserves – Army
1st Lt. Carmen Fowler, Nellis AFB, Nevada – Air Force
Pfc. Brittany Stein, Camp Carroll, Korea – Army
Senior Airman Tori Tilley, Holloman AFB, N.M. – Air Force
Staff Sgt. Kasey Pettit-Castor, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom – Air Force
Capt. Nicole Freiberg, MCB Camp Butler, Japan – Marine Corps
Sgt. Lora Schulze, Fort Stewart, Ga.  – Army
Spc. Clarice Horschel, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii – Army
Sgt. Claudia Robles, Marine Barracks 8th & I, Washington, D.C. – Marine Corps

Head Coach:  Mr. Michael Richardson, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas – Air Force
Asst. Coach:  Lt. Col. Terri Andreoni, Fort Belvoir, Va. – Army 
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