HONORING OUR FALLEN

NEVER FORGET OUR FALLEN, one of the mission statements for the US Military WarDogs was on full display during the SummerBall Showdown in Goddard, Kansas.

The WarDogs partnered with Hope for the Warriors to honor 30 Fallen Service members and their families during a ceremony prior to one of the games at the SBS on August 5th, 2022.

The US Military WarDogs showcased a memorial uniform, created by Under Armour and supported by Denver Athletics. The jerseys were adorned with the names of the 30 Fallen on their back, a special Hope for the Warriors patch and oversized American flag.

The ceremony was highlighted by the attendance of the family of fallen service member, Luke Boatright. During the ceremony, the WarDogs conducted a flag folding ceremony that was given to the Boatright family along with other special recognition.

While wearing a jersey representing Luke Boatright, Eddie Ihnken, one of the captains of the Wardogs, presented the Boatright family with the folded flag used during the ceremony.

“I was honored to represent Luke Boatright and his family out on the baseball field that day. It started with receiving the special blue WarDogs jersey with his name on the back and it gave me the chills. I knew that by wearing this jersey meant I had to leave my best game out on the diamond.” – Eddie Ihnken, WarDogs Player, Coast Guard.

Ihnken would continue to represent Boatright and his family by wearing the memorial jersey throughout the subsequent game.

The WarDogs continued to honor Luke Boatright by reading a short bio that provided all in attendance a sense of his commitment to service and his family.

“As I was listening to Luke’s bio, I looked over at the college players who were toeing the third base line.  I noticed that one of the players had tears in his eyes which showed me the importance of what it is we are doing.” – Bryan Witt, WarDogs Player, Army.

The ceremonies that the US Military WarDogs conduct during special events and games, are a part of the reason the organization was created.  The WarDogs will continue to ensure that our service members are never forgotten, especially the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The following are the names of the 30 Fallen the WarDogs honored at the SummerBall Showdown: Names provided by Hope for the Warriors: www.hopeforthewarriors.org.

BOATRIGHT                 LETENDRE                  DIXON III

BENITEZ                       HALL JR.                      SMITH

HERNANDEZ III            VANCE JR.                   CINTRON

BYRD                             FLORES                       STOBAUGH

KOCH                            PHILLIPS JR.                SCHWARZ

CAMPBELL                  QUINTANA                   WEST

POKORNEY JR.             ROBERTS                    HUNTER

VILLATORO                  STODDARD                 KEVIANNE

SILVERMAN                  MURPHY                      OJEDA

STIFTER                        ADAMS                        JACKSON

 

The Strength of our Fallen brothers and sisters stands with us and will forever, never be forgotten.

Never Forget our Military. Never Forget our Veterans. Never Forget our Fallen.

US Military WarDogs National Team at the SummerBall Showdown

The US Military WarDogs national team recently competed in the annual SummerBall Showdown in Goddard, Kansas.  This was the WarDogs second year in the tournament, and the team showed incredible growth and competitiveness against high level collegiate and independent baseball clubs that traveled from around in the US to compete in the tournament.

During the WarDogs first game of the tournament, they were matched against the PSCL Select team out of California.  Although a very close and hard fought game, PSCL was able to hold of the WarDogs, winning 8-6 in nine innings.

On the second day of games, the WarDogs played the Dirtbag Baseball team. The Dirtbags, who would go on to with the entire SBS tournament, were victorious in this game as well, by a score of 7-3.

The WarDogs final game of the tournament had them matched against the 316 Baseball Club.  Unfortunately, 316 Baseball handled the WarDogs national team, winning by a score of 12-3.

Despite not advancing to the second round of the playoffs, the entire WarDogs team was honored to be able to represent our Military, Veterans, and Fallen on a national stage.  The team came away from the tournament more motivated than ever to be back next year.

Ricky Orellanes, one of many new players on the WarDogs national team, had this to say of the SBS: “We’re winning this next year, I’ve got the boys hyped!”  Orellanes was honored and humbled to represent US service members on the baseball field, and walked away from the experience ready to come back in 2023.

Of the players representing the WarDogs in the SBS tournament, 19 were Active Military and 5 were Veterans.  All branches of the U.S. Military, which include Army, AirForce, SpaceForce, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, were represented within the ranks of the 2023 national team.  Kenny Kirker, an active Navy servicemember, flew all the way from Bahrain to be part of the WarDogs.

Although the WarDogs strive to compete and win, the WarDogs do more than just playing baseball.  During the tournament, the WarDogs conducted an on field flag ceremony before one of the games to honor 30 Fallen Heroes.  During the flag ceremony, one of the families of a fallen servicemember was presented a folded American flag in honor of their loved one.  Beyond the Flag Ceremony, the WarDogs also hosted two youth combine events, allowing local Goddard youth the opportunity to get on the field, and participate in baseball drills with WarDogs players and coaches.

Never Forget our Military. Never Forget our Veterans. Never Forget our Fallen

Denver US Military WarDogs All-Stars Shine Even In The Rain

On Tuesday July 26th, three WarDogs were selected to represent the Denver

Wardogs team in the Denver NABA All-Star Game at Riverdale Ridge High

School.  Ryan Arsenault (C, 1B), TJ Howton (OF), and Noah Wunder (Utl, P)

were selected to play under the lights by the Denver coaching staff based

on both on-field performance as well as embodying the WarDogs mission,

vision, and values.  Although the team ended up losing the ASG 7-3, all

three Wardogs saw significant playing time on Tuesday, including Wunder

throwing an impressive five pitch, 3 out inning.  Congrats to Arsenault,

Howton, and Wunder on a great season so far, and the awesome honor of

representing the WarDogs organization.

US Military WarDogs Baseball Looking To Start Chapter in Camp LeJeune 2023

The US Military WarDogs are excited to be bringing baseball to Camp LeJeune, NC in 2023.

The WarDogs are an All-Military baseball organization looking for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Retired, Veterans, and Military Dependents of all branches and all ranks that are interested in joining the team.

Our WarDog chapters strive to build a strong community within the leagues in which they play along with using baseball as a platform to Support our Military, Give back to our Veterans, and Honor our Fallen.

Please reach out to the manager of the WarDogs in Camp LeJeune for more information.

Josh McNeil
803-269-9008
lejeune@wardogsbaseball.org

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally observed on May 30th, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War Soldiers, rings deep for the U.S. Military Wardogs. While our teams across the country prepare to don our Baseball uniforms, we do it more somberly this weekend.  The U.S. Military Wardogs are honored to represent the sacrifice that so many Service-members have paid.  We don our uniforms this weekend with those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in all our minds.  We are brothers and sisters, and we play this weekend for those who will never see us play; we play this weekend for the families of the fallen; we play this weekend to pay respect and honor those which have come before us, and for those who some of us walked along side of.  We play this weekend to Remember: Never forget our Military, Never forget our Veterans, and NEVER FORGET OUR FALLEN.

US Military WarDogs Baseball to Start Chapter in Jacksonville in 2023

Full Article & Additional News on MABL: Jacksonville Men’s Adult Baseball League Website


The US Military WarDogs are coming to Jacksonville, FL in 2023.

We are an all military baseball organization that will be expanding to Jacksonville.  We are looking for all interested people.

We accept all military branches, ranks, veterans, and dependents.

We are starting from scratch here in Jax, so we will be looking for all levels of players along with a coach and manager for the team..

Please reach out if you have any questions:

Eddie Ihnken
609-548-0274
jacksonville@wardogsbaseball.org

US Military WarDogs build baseball team with military talent

Dubbed America’s “most patriotic team,” the U.S. Military WarDogs offer baseball enthusiasts the chance to trade in boots for cleats.  

Military members have different camaraderie within their own services, but once their feet hit the diamond, rank become nonexistent along with their branch affiliation. They are now U.S. WarDogs.  

Read full article on Reserve & National Guard »

Military Wardogs Baseball raising money and awareness for veterans with disabilities

WarDogs Military Baseball takes the Military’s best ball players and travels the country playing Major, Minor, and Collegiate teams in order to raise money and awareness for Veterans dealing with PTSD, suicide, unemployment, and disabilities…

The team is participating in the Summerball Showdown, and will present a service dog to a designated veteran at Friday, (8/6/21), nights game in Goddard.  Bruce Jazwinski is the President of Military Wardogs and Forever Never Forgotten.

“We have military members from all over the world that are going to be playing on one team.  It’s a great group of guys and not only that, what (spectators), they’re going to see is a once in a lifetime show,” Jazwinski said.

For the players, the team draws on the history of military baseball teams of the past.  “It’s organized chaos, but it’s a real tribute to the way that history has molded everything from military baseball from where it first started, to now,” Jazwinski said.

Anyone wanting to see the service dog presentation and featured baseball game with Military Wardogs baseball, can still get tickets for Friday night’s game that will take place at the Genesis Sports Complex in Goddard.

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