MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, GA -- Marines, liberty, athleticism, competition, food, family and friends what else could a devil dog want?
Friday afternoon all these things came together during a base softball tournament, which was held to help raise money for the staff noncommissioned officers ball.
"As the Staff NCO Ball President, I have a commitment to my fellow staff NCOs to bring our ball ticket cost down as low as humanly possible," said Staff Sgt. Adrian B. Strzyz, who put the tournament together.
Strzyz's goal was to lower the ticket prices for those attending the ball.
"I figured a day of softball, beer, and camaraderie is good for any Marine," said Strzyz. "For it to become a reality, I needed help from a few key personnel."
Strzyz coordinated with several sections to get the event in order -- Marine Corps Community Services and the Installations and Logistics division, all the way down to the cook and his assistant.
"I operated from my existing ball funds to make more money," said Strzyz. "I bought trophies for every team, t-shirts for the champions, pop, beer, and food."
Approximately 200 people participated in the festivities throughout the day. The event, which kicked off at 11 a.m. wasn't over until 10:30 p.m.
Seven teams played each other in the double-elimination softball tournament. Each team paid a $50.00 entry fee.
"I had to turn down three other teams because I had so much interest," said Strzyz. "The event was a huge success. We made $1,000 that day."
The team from the Provost Marshal's Office became the tournament champions. They made a comeback from the losers bracket to beat the Staff NonCommissioned Officers team twice.
While the Marines played, others were free to enjoy the tournament-play entertainment with chips, hot dogs, hamburgers and various beverages.
Strzyz also put up a jousting ring for Marines to 'duke it out' in between games.
Strzyz thanked everyone involved.
"It is impossible to name everyone who helped," he said. "I have been to many tournaments and knew exactly what to do for it to run smoothly. It would have not happened if the seven teams involved and the spectators didn't come out to enjoy the day with us."