501st SBDE team drops first game in Carroll Softball Season opener, stay optimistic
DAEGU GARRISON — The 653rd Medical eked out a victory over the 501st Sustainment Brigade by a score of 14 to 13 in the opening softball game of the season played at U.S. Army Garrison Daegu’s Camp Carroll, Monday.
The Camp Carroll Softball regular season consists of 12 teams competing for a playoff bracket in order to compete for the USAG Daegu-Area IV Championship slated for early July.
“My goal is to make the playoffs,” said Spc. Shannon Holland, the 501st SBDE team coach. “Then I want to bring home the Championship Trophy.”
Holland and the rest of the team seemed unshaken by the loss of their first game and attributed the narrow defeat to “walking too many runners.” Despite that, first-time pitcher Maurice Nash remains key to the teams’ stragatey.
“I felt good out there tonight, considering it was my first-time pitching,” Nash, a military spouse, said.
Nash struck out two consecutive batters. He is one of the few “place” hitters currently on the roster. He is a morale boost to the team. He hussles for the ball on every play.
During the final inning of the game Nash chased down the third base runner heading home, making the tag before the runner made it to the plate.
“As the season goes on my pitching is going to improve,” said Nash. ”We have a good team and we can get far together.”
Although the 501st SBDE remains fully engaged with logisical reset responsiblities after a combined joint logistics operation at Dogu Beach in Pohang, the unit still encourages events that increase unit and family morale like softball.
“The excitement!” said Sgt. Samantha Prioleau, 501st SBDE supporter whiling seated amongst other fans. “This builds unit cohesion and we have a good team.”
The ‘Champions’ 501st SBDE team is comprised of their Headquarters and Headquarters Company and the Soldiers of the 501st Special Troops Battalion -- many of which are still at training exercises.
“My overall goal is to teach everyone teamwork,” said Holland.
The regular season will continue through late June where the 501st SBDE hopes to make it to the playoffs before proceeding to the Area IV Championship.