FLEACT Yokosuka MWR Hosts 12-Team Tournament to Celebrate New Baseball Fields

Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marissa Valentine, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs

Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Captian David T. Glenister gives a speech  congratulating those who participated in  completion of the artificial turf project prior to the beginning of the 12-team  softball tournament held Mar. 7 at the Fleet Activities(FLEACT), Yokosuka softball fields. The softball fields went through the artificial turf project to ensure players have a suitable and safe playing environment year round. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marissa Valentine.

Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Captian David T. Glenister gives a speech congratulating those who participated in completion of the artificial turf project prior to the beginning of the 12-team softball tournament held Mar. 7 at the Fleet Activities(FLEACT), Yokosuka softball fields. The softball fields went through the artificial turf project to ensure players have a suitable and safe playing environment year round.
U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marissa Valentine.

Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) celebrated the laying of new turf at the baseball fields by hosting a 12-team tournament on board Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Mar.7.

“The softball fields went through the artificial turf project to ensure that we have a suitable and safe playing surface year round, rain or shine,” said MWR Athletic Director John Benningfield.

The tournament began in the rain after the ceremonial throwing of the first pitch by Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Captain David T. Glenister.

Following the first pitch, the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Jokers, and the Carrier Strike Group (CSG)7 Silent Service played the first game.

“The field looks fantastic, I play outfield and in bad weather conditions this new turf can withstand it,” said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Matthew Klipfel of the George Washington Warriors- C team.

The renovation of Field 3 began in October 2013 and ended in December. Renovation of the main softball field began in December 2013 and ended in February.

“From a maintenance standpoint it is much more efficient. No more mowing or dragging the infield, chalking the baselines, etc. From time to time we will run a machine that grooms and vacuums the turf, but the day to day maintenance requires much less work,” said Benningfield.

Players from other teams watched in excitement for their turn to experience what it was like to play on the new turf.

The new turf looks good, and it will be a lot easier to play on. We won’t have to worry about mud spots, especially in situations like today where it is raining,” said Damage Controlman 2nd Class Jamie Parker of the George Washington Warriors- B team.

The official kick-off of softball season began with this tournament. Softball is one of the most popular adult sports at CFAY MWR.

For more information about Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka MWR and how you can get involved please call 243-7250 or 243- 7110.

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