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Army’s best softball players gather at Fort Sill

Twenty-five of the best softball players from around the world arrived at Fort Sill yesterday to participate in the 2014 Men's All Army Softball Trial Camp in an attempt to earn a berth on the Men's All Army softball team that will train at Fort Sill until the Armed Forces Tournament begins on Sept. 12 at Cannoneer Complex.

Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Victor Rivera-Collazo will have the job of narrowing the field to 15 players. Rivera-Collazo is also assistant men's baseball coach for SUNY Canton athletic program and is a special advisor to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The trial camp is underway now and the coach will evaluate player skills and break them up into two teams, said Terry Hall, Family and MWR Sports, Fitness and Aquatics director. "In addition, we are hosting the annual Co-Op Softball tournament in conjunction with the All-Army Trials again this year. This will assist in providing some competition for the players competing for a spot on the Men's All-Army Softball team."

The soldier-athletes will practice daily at the Cannoneer Complex and they will condition at the Fort Sill fitness centers. 

"Fort Sill Family and MWR is privileged to be chosen as the host site of the All Army Trials and Armed Forces Tournament for the third year, and again this year we are privileged to have some corporate sponsors on board to enhance our hosting of the event. Fort Sill Family and MWR extends a special thank you to our elite sponsor, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, as well as top sponsor Academy Sports & Outdoors," said Hall. "For Soldiers chosen to compete in the trials, it's an opportunity to play with some of the best athletes in the Army."

"We do have two Fort Sill Soldiers who made the trials, Sgt. Arrin Bush, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery, and Staff Sgt. Dane Miller, A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery. Also from Fort Sill is Sgt. 1st Class Michael Dochwat, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery, who will be the assistant coach. This is a great opportunity to showcase our talent in the military," Hall said. "Last year, both the men's and women's Army teams won."

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