The 2017 Foundation House Softball Championship took place on Saturday, September 23. From 9am to 9pm, our brotherhood enjoyed a professional stadium, competition, and love for America’s past time and each other under the sun and the lights at Hadlock Field.
By 9am, our players had descended onto the stadium, and after warming up on a freshly manicured field, the Foxhole joined together to sing the National Anthem in the stands behind home plate. From that point on it was non-stop softball.
In the first game of the championship, the number one seed Conscious Contact faced off against the number four seed, Slow Pitch it Down. Conscious Contact came away with the win, and after a ballpark themed lunch of burgers and hot dogs, the number two seed Vicious Cycle took on the number three seed Runs Riot. Runs Riot came away with the victory, and a consolation game was played.
The grills were running through our Championship in preparation for a pork chop and quinoa dinner. Before the championship game began, the real team, comprised of Foundation House residents, alumni, and staff ate together and wished each other good luck.
In the final game, Conscious Contact was relentless at the plate. Big hit after big hit cracked through the stadium, as players rounded the bases. The Conscious Contact coaching staff stated that it was their best game of the year, and well deserved after a long-fought season of consistent effort all around.
Win or lose, it is rare opportunity that is shared by our group at Hadlock Field each year. Without the commitment of our players, the continued support of our alumni, and the leadership of our staff, it would amount to nothing more than an empty ballpark. Instead, each of us was treated to twelve straight hours of pure, unadulterated joy; and for that, we are truly grateful.