A pitch for friendship

U.S. European Command Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mark Barrett throws the first pitch at the second annual German-American Friendship Fast Pitch Softball Tournament on Patch Barracks April 6. The competition gave 97 women from six teams an opportunity to build relationships while sharing the traditional American sport.

The four German teams in the tournament were the Tübingen Hawks, Stuttgart Reds, Karlsruhe Cougars and Nagold Mohawks. The two American teams were the Stuttgart Select and Ramstein Royals. Each team played three games in the tournament, with the Ramstein Royals beating all three of their opponents.