The Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and Aerospace Data Facility- East softball teams got a unique chance to take to the field for its weekly Commander’s Cup matchup in a little more style—specifically, wearing official jerseys provided by the Washington Nationals.
According to Justin Fitzgerald, Fort Belvoir intramural sports coordinator and facility manager, the Nats, as a gesture to recognize and honor the U.S. military in the National Capital Region, provided the uniforms to not only Fort Belvoir but also to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Joint Base Andrews, Marine Corps Base Quantico, and others.
“The Nationals are supporting bases all over the area with these uniforms, just to recognize the intramural sports programs,” he said. “We think it was great.”
The Nats on Base Uniform Program launched in March with all military personnel participating in intramural softball in the Washington, D.C. region wearing Washington Nationals uniforms. The inaugural Battle of the Bases, a tournament that will serve as an extension of the intramural season, will culminate in a championship game played at Nationals Park.
“The post-level teams will wrap up the regular season at the beginning of September and the championship tournament will run Sept. 7-8 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling,” said Jason Naputi, FBCH pitcher and post-level softball team captain. “The top two teams from the semifinal round will then play the title game at Nats Park.”
For the May 20 game here at home, FBCH kept bats connecting throughout the evening while complementing the offensive momentum with stellar play out in the field, to claim a 13-5 victory.
Intramural softball games are played Mondays through Thursdays at Graves and Pullen fields through June 28.
For information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Fitzgerald, 703-806- 5093. Athletes can also contact their unit representative to sign-up and get schedules.