SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --
The Spangdahlem Air Base men’s and women’s softball teams competed in the annual Cinco de Mayo softball tournament here, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 3 to May 5.
The men’s softball team played well, but came up short in the tournament after dominating the tournament last year and winning the championship.
The women’s softball team made it to the championship game unscathed and protected their home field. They dominated the tournament by defeating Royal Air Force Lakenheath and winning the championship by a score of 16-2 in the final game.
“This was a chance to show our skills and show we are willing to protect our home field again,” said Shandrana Carroll, Spangdahlem women’s softball team’s right fielder. “Last year wasn’t a fluke and we went out and proved it once again.”
This is the second year in a row that the women’s softball team has taken home the first place trophy.
This year’s tournament meant a little more to the players than any other year and it was evident in everything from the field of play to the winning trophies.
Chris Heisig, one of the appointed head umpires for the tournament, passed away April 27, 2019, before the tournament started.
There was a ceremony May 3, 2019, to honor Heisig and thank him for all he has done for the program.
“We fought hard for this win and showed our determination, we wanted this win,” said Ayelen Verdie, Spangdahlem women’s softball catcher. “This win was for Chris.”
Both Saber softball teams showed dedication, resiliency and trust, things that directly relate to being Airmen and Sabers.