By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Schumacher

BREMERTON, Wash.–The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) softball team won first place in the City of Bremerton Fall League Silver Division tournament Oct. 11.

Since forming after the 2011-2012 deployment, the team has met regularly to practice and play in local games and tournaments, and previously placed first in the Aldercrest Auto Fall Series.

“Stennis Sailors getting involved in sports gives them something to do and something to be competitive in,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Paul Trebotich, Stennis Softball Team coach, from Kingsville, Texas. “The opportunity for organized sports outside of high school and college is very limited, and Morale Welfare & Recreation (MWR) does a great job supporting us and providing opportunities for our Sailors to become more involved in sports.”

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Jeremy Johnston, from Long Beach, Calif. credits their continued success to their service in the Navy.

“Most of us lived and worked together through deployments,” said Johnston, “so we’ve already felt like a team before this whole thing started.”

The team is currently practicing for next years’ tournaments.

Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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