By BU1 Sergio Armas, NMCB 3 Public Affairs
Farm Division Coach Andy Martinez huddles with his team to share some motivational words before kicking off the Naval Base Ventura County Junior Baseball League’s 2015 season, Port Hueneme, Calif., March 7. Photo by BU1 Sergio Armas
Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3’s First Class Petty Officers Association volunteered to coach and manage positions to kick off the Junior Baseball League’s season at Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, Calif., March 7.
The league hosts programs such as baseball clinics that expand on the fundamentals, while teaching drills and techniques to young children and teens.
“I’m so incredibly honored to be a part of these players’ lives,” said Equipment Operator 1st Class Brent Workman, president of the league. “We have a big season ahead.”
Cmdr. Gordon Meek, commanding officer, NMCB 3, throws out the first pitch to Jordon Ward and Payton Calzadillas to kick off the Naval Base Ventura County Junior Baseball League’s 2015 season, Port Hueneme, Calif., March 7. Photo by BU1 Sergio Armas
Workman has been actively coaching for the Junior Baseball League for the past three years. However, this season, he committed himself to a much more complex position in the league. He stepped up to the plate and took on the responsibilities as the league’s president while simultaneously coaching the Cardinals team.
“This year we will teach them to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat, [as well as] that they will face adversity. Sometimes they will win and sometimes they will lose, but we will teach them to always be thankful for the ride,” said Workman. “They will get stronger and confident right in front of our eyes, even when they have tears in theirs. That’s baseball.”
According to Workman, all staff and coaches have gone through background checks. Seabees have been great role models in the community, making them desirable volunteers.
EO1 Brent Workman, president of the Naval Base Ventura County Junior Baseball League, presents the first pitched baseball signed by Jordon Ward and Payton Calzadillas to NMCB 3’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Gordon Meek and NMCB 3’s First Class Association President Construction Mechanic 1st Class Jeremy Harris, March 7, for supporting the league with volunteers during the restoration of the baseball field. Photo by BU1 Sergio Armas