The Fort Leonard Wood softball team Not Forgotten FLW is in no danger of being forgotten any time soon after a string of big wins that led them to a top-tier finish at an all-military softball tournament in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Fort Leonard Wood team went 6-1 in the 28th annual Military Band-Aid tournament, which was hosted by Fort Carson and Patterson Air Force Base June 7 through 10.
Their performance in the United States Specialty Sports Association tournament left the Fort Leonard Wood team ranked No. 1 in their division in the state, and qualified them for the USSSA Military World Championships, scheduled Aug. 16 through 19 in Orlando, Florida.
The Fort Leonard Wood team began the tournament June 9 with a 22-12 victory over the Colorado Misfits, followed by a 25-10 win over Disposable Heroes-Military and a 15-0 victory over the intramural host team, Prestige CO.
On June 10, Not Forgotten FLW beat the Rack Pack, 23-8, and again defeated the Colorado Misfits, this time by a score of 27-13. Later June 10, the Fort Leonard Wood team suffered its only defeat of the tournament — a 21-20 loss — to a similarly-named team, Not Forgotten Illinois. However, in their final game of the tournament, Not Forgotten FLW rallied to beat Not Forgotten Illinois, 22-19.
“We had a pretty awesome tournament,” said team member Dustin Dobbins.
Dobbins explained that the team’s players include active duty service members and military retirees from across the installation.
“You have to be active duty or retired to play in the Military Installation Division,” Dobbins said. “All our players are active duty or retired officers NCOs and Soldiers from across Fort Leonard Wood, including players from Combat Training Company, (General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital), the 14th Military Police Brigade, 3rd Chemical Brigade, 1st Engineer Brigade and the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment.”
Several members of the team have represented Fort Leonard Wood at the world championships previously as members of the FLW Hit Squad.
“Last year, Not Forgotten and the FLW Hit Squad were rivals, but this year we’ve combined into a single team,” Dobbins said.
The team, which currently plays in Fort Leonard Wood’s Recreation League, will now focus on preparing for the World Military Championships tournament.