The H&S Angels softball team, made up of Marines, civilians and Marine spouses from within the Headquarters & Support Battalion on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, lost to Gym Class Heroes 17-8 on June 27 to drop to 0-2 in the MCCS Lejeune-New River Sports’ women’s softball league.

The Angels scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 5-0 lead, but Gym Class Heroes, now 2-0 this season, responded by scoring six runs in the top of the second inning to take a one-run lead which would not be relinquished.

After a scoreless third inning, the score was still 6-5 heading into the fourth when Gym Class Heroes tacked on four more runs to go up 10-5. The H&S Angels bounced back and got three runs in the bottom half of the fourth, but a seven-run fifth inning from Gym Class Heroes deflated the Angels who couldn’t get any offense going in the bottom of the fifth. The game ended 17-8 after the fifth inning due to the one hour time limit.

Though the H&S Angels are winless so far, the coaching staff is pleased as long as the ladies are having fun and learning.

“Our focus for the ladies is to have a good time, build that camaraderie and take that back to the battalion,” said Angels’ assistant coach Sandy Gee, assistant operations officer with the battalion.

One experienced softball player on the H&S Angels who thinks that more Marines and civilians working within battalions on MCB Camp Lejeune should participate in competitive sports on base is Cpl. Paige Sleigher.

“I think more people should get involved,” Sleigher said. “It’s so much fun and it’s a load off after work that I feel like a lot more people would benefit from.”

The H&S Angels will be back in action on July 11 when they take on Crazy Pitches at 6:30 p.m. at the intramural softball field on Camp Lejeune. Gym Glass Heroes’ next matchup will be against the Riveters on July 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Harry Agganis Softball Stadium on Camp Lejeune.

“We had a rocky start, but we are getting a hold of it,” said 1st Lt. Shunita Craig of the H&S Angels. “We did leaps and bounds better than before, so hopefully the next game we can win it and turn it around.”

The Angels will close out the regular season with games on July 15 versus the Lejeuniacs and July 22 versus the E-Lemon-Ators. All games are held at the intramural softball field or the Harry Agganis Softball Stadium, both on Camp Lejeune.

The H&S Angels are one of six teams competing in the Scarlet Division of the women’s softball league. The Gold Division, also with six teams, is the second league division. The top three teams from each division will go on to the playoffs to determine a league champion.