GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – A Soldier with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment helped the Army win its fourth consecutive Armed Forces Softball Championship.
This year marked the fourth time that David L. Moore, a platoon sergeant with Echo Forward Support Troop, Regimental Engineer Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, made the All Army team. He was also named to the All Armed Forces team for the second time.
“It is a great feeling representing the Army,” said Moore, a 34-year-old outfielder, after an 18-11 win over the All Marine Corps team Sept. 24 at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. “This was our fourth straight year winning the gold medal, which had never been done in the team’s history, and I was able to be there for three championships.”
The Miami native added, “There is no feeling like making that final out, knowing that you have just won and are part of All Army Softball history. It is something I will never forget.”
However, Moore labeled the tourney victory “bittersweet,” as several of his teammates played on their final All Army team.
“We have some guys that have been in the program for a while who will not be returning,” he said, referring to teammates Kenny Turlington and Thomas Fuss, and coach Victor Rivera.
“I am really thankful to have been there for their last year. It is a great brotherhood when you first arrive at camp. You meet some great people whom you keep as friends forever. You develop relationships that carry on for years to come – and not just around softball, but in life as well.”
Following the All Armed Forces tourney, Moore was selected to the All Armed Forces team, which he called humbling.
“There are a lot of great softball players around the military,” he said. “It was a great experience being able to take the field with them. I need to thank my chain of command for allowing me to go and represent our unit and the Army.”
The All Armed Forces team placed tenth in the American Softball Association Class A Slow Pitch National Championship, held Oct. 2-4 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.