Re: Military conference players
Posted by Woody34 on September 8, 2021, 9:21 pm, in reply to "Re: Military conference players "
Thereís currently only 3 full time active duty guys on conference rosters at the moment. Chad Agustin (Army), JD Mathews (Army), and Chase Benfield (Air Force). Fow is deployed and is one of the more versatile players thatís active duty. Nick Ludwig (Navy) and Mo Green (Air Force) also spent some time in the conf this year. Renaud (Army) also has some conference experience. |
I think Dexter Avery was the first active duty guy to perform at the highest levels of softball as Active Duty (Army). He was on Team USA (the original one I think) and in Team Combat. Thereís lot of guys who will never get the opportunity because of their commitment to military service. Pup Shortland (Air Force) also had a lot to do with getting guys like Dex and Melton exposure at that level.
Johnny Allen is the best defensive outfielder Iíve ever seen, at any level of softball, and most people outside of military ball probably have never heard of him. Ryan Jones would probably be top 15 in batting every year. Quan Gilliard, Tre Moore, Mario Coronado, Lance Hutchins, the list goes on and on of active military guys that are impact players on the military circuit and could easily contribute to an upper level team.
Unfortunately, most guys donít get to shine until theyíre done with their commitment to military service. Most of the guys mentioned above never played for their service teams or conference while active duty but are flat out killing the game now (Sheffield, Roxby, Hooks, baby Lee etc). Dustin Roberts career took off when he got out. Same with Cole Patterson, Matte and Joel Sanchez. Brady and Melton are in the guard I believe, so not active duty. Tre Campbell probably has the most years on conference while being active duty. Johnny Bailey and Chad Loudon are proud vets and have been at the upper level for a long time. Kenneth Cain is on S&E. Turlington, Shaw, Wiggs, Wollison, Watkins, Idip, BG, Fielder, Myers, Lee are all vets with a lot of conference experience and have played for their all-service teams for many years. Iím sure Iím missing a few, but I hope more active guys get the opportunity to not only play at the highest levels but also get a chance to represent their service.