Varsity softball tryouts revitalize pastime
By Cpl. Denyelle D. Spillane
| | February 19, 2003
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- For more than 100 years, people all over the world have played softball.
Every year, Marines and Sailors here also have the opportunity to tryout to play softball.
This year, coaches Adrian Strzyz and Barry Quick are conducting tryouts to mold a team from the best the base has to offer.
"Our ultimate goal is to prepare our team for the East Coast Regional Tournament," said Strzyz.
The orange, white and black uniforms have already been selected and are simply waiting for those who will be chosen to fill them.
Tryouts began Tuesday at Crouch Field and will continue every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m., until Feb. 28.
"After the players are selected, the team will play approximately 50 games against various teams," Strzyz said. "In the past we have played against other teams such as Cooper Tire and other corporation's. Playing against civilian and military teams gives us the opportunity to fine tune ourselves as a team and prepare us for our next challenge."
The East Coast Regional Tournament is scheduled for July 13-19 at Cherry Point, N.C.
After the tournament, the best players from all of the participating teams can tryout for the All Marine Softball Team.
Quick tried out for the All-Marine team once and although he was not selected, he said it was an awesome opportunity.
"The chance to meet so many different Marines from other bases and compete against them made it a great experience."
Marines chosen for the All-Marine team will proceed to play in the Armed Forces Championship in Panama City, Florida against the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
"The All-Marine Softball Team is a great way to represent the Marine Corps," Quick said. "And it all begins with trying out for Albany's team."