The Bonecrushers came out victorious against the 162 Dominators during the Intramural Softball Championship at RJ Evans Softball Complex Aug. 1.
“It feels like we are supposed to be here,” coach for the Bonecrushers, Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Cremo of B Company, 115th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, said before the game.
The Bonecrushers were two runs short in the final inning, but managed to bring in three, allowing them to come out with a 12 to 11 run victory.
“It feels good,” said 1st Sgt. David Moore of B Co., 115th BSB, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. “We have a team comprised of people within our company and a couple of people from the battalion. Expectations in the beginning were just to come out and have fun. Now that we’re here, we’re glad that we’re here.”
Though there was only one victor, all of the participants walked out with more than just a trophy and a medal.
“You’re able to meet other Soldiers,” head coach for the 162 Dominators, Staff Sgt. Kyle Jarvis of 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, said. “Maybe one day, we can meet up not just on the softball field, but outside of that and we know each other now. It’s not just, ‘I don’t know who you are’, but ‘Hey, we play softball together, we had fun, let’s have fun here.’”
Softball is big part of the military community. Assistant coach for the 162 Dominators, Sgt. 1st Class John Downs of 1st Bn., 62nd ADA, said it’s a much needed morale booster.
The intramural softball program is one of the largest intramural programs on post. The tournament ran Monday through Thursday with 24 teams participating.
“It’s a great team-building sport because you have to have so many people on a team,” intramural sports director, Sandi Repinski-Jensen, said. “You tend to have 11 or 12 on a team. It builds communication and the Soldiers just love it. They love to come out, their families come out; it’s a very family friendly atmosphere.”
The benefits of intramural sports goes beyond just the Soldier and can affect their family as well. Carina Lozano, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Alan Alaniz of Battery B, 1st Bn., 62nd ADA, is preparing for her husband to deploy soon and intramural softball has helped her make connections that will make the transition smoother.
“It’s an awesome family environment to be around,” Lozano said. “You may only know one person, but then that person knows somebody else.”
Lozano said due to the close-knit group of Soldiers her husband knows, he is able to connect with Soldiers he knows, no matter where he goes. She also has made connections with other wives whose spouses are deployed. This has helped put her at ease.
“Civilian was one thing, but being a part of the military family has definitely opened up my eyes,” Lozano said. “Anything you need, everybody’s very resourceful.”
There is much to look forward to in the future for intramural sports. Flag football, volleyball, and inner tube water polo, a new program, will all be starting up soon, Repinski-Jensen said.
For more information on intramural sports, check out their website at https://hood.armymwr.com or call 254-286-5800.