RAF LAKENHEATH — Softball fanatics from all over U.S. Air Forces in Europe converged on RAF Lakenheath last week to battle for bragging rights in the annual USAFE softball tournament.
Ten teams — six male and four female squads — took to the field Thursday morning to play that most American of games.
The teams started out in pool play then moved into a round-robin double elimination tournament, according to Lakenheath Master Sgt. Robert Sedberry.
In the end, the Aviano Dragons men’s team defeated the Spangdahlem Sabers 23-11, while the women of Lakenheath brought some home-team pride to the base, beating Aviano 10-3.
But many folks on the ground Thursday said the tourney wasn’t all about winning and bragging rights.
"It’s just a lot of fun," Sedberry said of the tournament. "It’s friends playing against friends."
Spangdahelm Sabers coach Senior Master Sgt. Joel Berry said winning boils down to something pretty simple.
"The key to success is going to be whoever hits the ball," Berry said matter-of-factly. "Then the chips lay where they lay."
Senior Airman Ronrico Campbell came from Italy’s Aviano Air Base to play for one simple reason.
"It’s the love of the game," Campbell said.