Wednesday Jul 23

USMC Camp Pendelton Earns USSSA Varsity A Military World Champions

    Panama City, FL. - The 2010 USSSA Military Varsity A World Series brought out the finest teams in many years. This is a annual tradition with great rivalries across the service branches.
    The field represented all of the USA Military branches worldwide. The varsity division is our nation’s top players in active duty service, retired status, and DOD. The competition was as hot as the weather; as temperatures soared to over 100 degrees. 
   
This event celebrates their honor, courage, and bravery. It gives them an opportunity to find out who is the best of the best in Slow-Pitch Men’s Softball.
    Some of the early favorites posted impressive victories with JNJ Sports/JAX Navy downing the PAX Bombers 17-10. National Capital Region (NCR) and the Army’s Scrapalators advanced with impressive wins.
    USMC Camp Pendleton outscored Seymour Johnson AFB handing them a 21-4 loss and then followed it up with a 27-7 victory over Air Force Senior. Camp Pendleton’s pitcher Chief Warrant Officer 4, Gary Connors, Chief Warrant Officer 5, Scott Alvey, and center fielder Nick “Noodle” Robertson (All tournament Team) proved difficult obstacles as their early defense shut down multiple rallies.
    On Saturday the winner’s bracket semi-finals were hotly contested. JNJ Sports/JAX Navy took it to 8 innings finishing off National Capital Region (NCR) 18-17. The other winner’s bracket game featured Army versus Marines.
    Camp Pendleton was in control holding the Scrapalators down for most of the contest.
    The Scrapalators loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and down by one run. This had all the competitive trappings and tension one could find. The crowd swelled to around 300. Veteran Player/Manager Chris Chaney inserted Major Armando Delsi to close the game out as pitcher. The quick decision proved costly.
    The count on Scrapalators Lt. Col Ladd went full. Pitcher Major Armando Delsi (All Tournament Team) took his time and wind milled his delivery and Ladd froze as strike 3 right down main-street was called and framed by catcher Chief Tyrone Butler (All Tournament Team). 
    “It may have been the single most impressive defensive moment of the tournament, the crowd erupted and so did we”, said Chaney (All Tournament Player/Manager). The Marines of Camp Pendleton with honor intact, won the game and a trip to the winner’s bracket final on Major Delsi’s walk-off strikeout. 
    JNJ Sports/JAX Navy of Jacksonville, FL had all the youth and USMC NAS Camp Pendleton of San Diego had the veteran military players. The game began on a cool Saturday evening.
    A boisterous crowd amassed as many of the women’s teams and Men’s B division teams settled in to watch the two most impressive teams in the tournament. The game began with Camp Pendleton opening up with 12 runs in the first three innings.  They were lead by Captain, Jermaine Flythe, (Tournament MVP), Chief Dustin Roberts, Corporal Joshua Runey, (All Tournament Team), and Major Greg Zayas.
    JNJ/JAX Navy struggled on the pitching and defense of Camp Pendleton. JAX Navy scored 4 runs early in the battle. They later added 5 to finish with 9 runs as  they were outscored by the Marines of Camp Pendleton 20-9. Camp Pendleton would now await the winner who would surface from the loser’s bracket.
   
The Scrapalators were Army tough as they put together wins over American Legion 25-20 and a nail biter in 8 innings downing JNJ Sports/JAX Navy 30-29. The Scrapalators were lead by the offense of Maikled Quarles, Elmer Mason, and Leonard Myers (Tournament Offensive MVP). A rematch from an earlier loss in the tournament was up next for the Scrapalators in the tournament Championship game.
    Camp Pendleton (Marines) versus Scrapalators (Army) all members and brothers of the same United States Military but competitors on the softball field this weekend. The stakes were high for 2010 USSSA Military Varsity A Men’s World title.
    The Scrapalators were stymied by the stingy defense of Camp Pendleton. Camp Pendleton held them to 2 runs in the first and second innings respectively on key double plays by second basemen Major Greg Zayas. 
    Camp Pendleton’s offense struck early and often. They were lead by Nick Robertson, Jaime Nelson, Major Armando Delsi, Anthony Garnica, Chris Chaney, and Tournament MVP Captain Jermaine Flythe.    
    They plated 22 runs in 5 innings and took the 2010 USSSA Military Men’s Varsity A title by a run-rule of 22-5. “Our team this weekend was determined and the results showed it." stated Chris Chaney.
    Major Armando Delsi added, “Our team would like to honor all of our troops around the world with the victory and those past and present, Always Faithful.”

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