MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT N.C. --
At the conclusion of the East Coast Regional Softball Tournament, which was held at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 25, Dan Daniels selected 15 players from the East Coast to attend the All-Marine softball camp.
Daniels is the All-Marine softball coach charged with training players from the East Coast along with Marines from west coast and Pacific installations. Cherry Point is hosting the camp, which started Friday and will run through Sept. 16.
Out of the 15 selected from the East Coast regional tournament, two were picked from the Cherry Point team – Sgt. Doug Pearson and Petty Officer 3rd Class Bobby Brown.
“It is a great feeling being selected out of more than 100 Marines and Sailors to try out for the team,” said Pearson. “It means a lot to me. Getting the chance to represent the air station and possibly even the Marine Corps itself, it’s a great feeling and opportunity.”
All players will have to work hard in order to make the official All-Marine team that will compete at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., to represent the Marine Corps in the Armed Forces Tournament Sept. 18-24.
“I look for a player who knows their position better than anyone else,” said Daniels. “This is an offensive game, and I am looking for a player who can make the easy plays every time, but also who has situational awareness at the plate.”
Both Pearson and Brown know they are going to have to push themselves to the very limits of their ability.
“To make the All-Marine team we have to be a well-rounded player on top of being a great situational hitter,” said Pearson. “I need to know what to do in every situation possible. If I’m hitting into double plays all the time I’m not going to get picked.”
“If I am selected, it will be an honor and a lot of responsibility,” said Brown. “I like the pressure of all the responsibility and what it represents for me as a Sailor to be selected for the All-Marine team. It is inspiring, and I look forward to competing for a spot on the team.”