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2nd MLG softball tournament builds unit cohesiveness, camaraderie

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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:00 pm

U.S. Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group (2nd MLG) competed in the Big 6 Softball Championship on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, June 10-12. The competition is the second of three command events held throughout the year.

The competition was a single-elimination tournament between the subordinate units of 2nd MLG. 2nd Maintenance Battalion and 8th Engineer Support Battalion (8th ESB) ended the competition with a close game.

“It was a great game,” said Staff Sgt. Juliette Kemp, the operations chief for 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd MLG. “The game became tied 9-9 on the 7th inning. With the bases loaded, a base hit brought in their third basemen giving 8th ESB the win 11-10 at the bottom of the 9th inning.”

Marines from different companies came together to build teams. Most of them had never met before, yet worked as a team in the spirit of the game and esprit de corps. However, Marines often come together from different units to complete a mission.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” said First Sgt. Joshua Pendley, first sergeant, Headquarters and Support Battalion, 8th ESB. “They immediately bonded through the love of the game and without question will have this experience etched into their memories for many years to come.”

“Building a competitive spirit within a unit builds a winning unit that makes us proud to be part of it,” said Sgt. Maj. Steven Lunsford, sergeant major, 2nd MLG. “We are competitive by nature and winning is the result of the hard work Marines and Sailors put into their unit.”

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