MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Monday marked opening day for the base's softball league, which outlined a few teams that may find themselves in the playoffs this summer.
Opening Day brought two shutouts and a few easy wins. PMO ticketed Dental with a 7-0 victory, and Tanks 1 charged off the field with a 12-0 win over Hospital.
Having built a rhythm in the first inning with eight runs, Tanks 1 carried the game until the fourth inning sealing a win with the 10-run rule.
"We're consistently practicing the fundamentals and when you do that, you win games," said Chris J. Willenbecher, Tanks 1 pitcher.
"Oh yeah, we always come in confident, so I see us in the playoffs," said Steven Santana, Tanks 1 coach.
Tanks 1 added three runs giving them an 11-run lead in the second inning.
Brent E. Miller, Tanks 1 right fielder, guaranteed the team's win with an infield homerun in the third inning for a 12-0 lead.
Hospital struggled throughout the game with groundouts, pop-fly's and outfield errors.
"I think we were just trying too hard," said Anthony P. Strong, Hospital's coach. "But it's only the first game, and we're definitely coming back.”
MCCES won its first game against TTECG 54-2, 3/7 Communications defeated AAV 22-14, Headquarters Battalion lost to 3/7 with a 15-3 deficit and MWSS-374 pounded 3/11 for a 7-2 victory.
There are 16 teams slated to compete for this year's championship, and all games are scheduled to play Mondays and Wednesdays at Felix Field.
Six games will take place each game-night starting at 5:30 p.m.