Not Forgotten, Fort Leonard Wood’s 2018 Recreation League softball champions, have had a busy summer, recently representing the installation at the 2018 Military World Softball Tournament, where they took fourth place in the 30-team Over 40 Division.
Held Aug. 16 through 19 at the Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida, the tournament includes more than 100 teams from across the country. Not Forgotten finished the tournament with a record of 5-2.
Not Forgotten began the event with a 5-4 victory over Mass Military, from Fort Devens, Massachusetts, but fell in their second game to “GSOD Mayhem Intramural” from Fort Gordon, Georgia, 15-8.
“After going into the Losers Bracket in just our second game of the tournament, we knew that in order to give ourselves the best possibility to win, we had to do it the hard way — we could not afford to lose another game,” said Orlando Galarza, Not Forgotten player/coach.
The third game of the tournament for Not Forgotten, played the next day, was complicated by inclement weather, which caused delays. Eventually, the team kicked off a string of three consecutive wins with a 9-4 win over a team from Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, before beating Kings Bay Naval Base 10-5 and a team from Fort Lee, Virginia, 17-9.
Finishing the previous night’s games at 2:30 a.m. and running on less than four hours of sleep, Not Forgotten managed to dominate its sixth game, beating a team from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, 25-13. However, in their seventh and final game of the tournament, Not Forgotten fell to a U.S. Navy team from Los Angeles, Krewe Military Softball, 8-4.
“I was hoping our momentum would carry us through our seventh game — unfortunately, it didn’t end up that way,” Galarza said. “We had plenty of opportunities to win the seventh game, we just couldn’t pull it through. We fought a hard battle and left it all on the field.”
Two players especially stood out for the Not Forgotten squad: Kurtis Weaver and Deryl Stockton were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Fort Leonard Wood team is composed of military retirees, active-duty service members, Reservists, National Guard Soldiers and members of all military branches. The team not only plays in Fort Leonard Wood’s Recreation League, but also participates in a variety of community events throughout the year. Galarza said the team will continue to play softball in various tournaments through November.
“The team is not just a softball team, but ambassadors for the community,” Galarza said.