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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Over the Line takes a twist on tradition

By Cpl. Michelle Brinn | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | September 26, 2012

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A pitcher and batter assist each other during their turn up to bat during Camp Pendleton's Over-the-Line tournament at the Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. The tournament served as a pilot event to potentially have the sport incorporated into the Pendleton Cup Series beginning next year.

A pitcher and batter assist each other during their turn up to bat during Camp Pendleton's Over-the-Line tournament at the Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. The tournament served as a pilot event to potentially have the sport incorporated into the Pendleton Cup Series beginning next year. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Brinn)


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Members of the team "Drunk and Disorderly" attempt to catch a fly ball during the first round of Camp Pendleton's Over-the-Line tournament at the Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. Any ball hit into fair-territory without being caught by fielders is considered a "hit" in OTL.

Members of the team "Drunk and Disorderly" attempt to catch a fly ball during the first round of Camp Pendleton's Over-the-Line tournament at the Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. Any ball hit into fair-territory without being caught by fielders is considered a "hit" in OTL. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Brinn)


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An Over-the-Line tournament was held at Camp Pendleton's Del Mar Beach, Sept 22. Nineteen teams of three participated in the pilot event that was brought to base through the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, who hosts an annual adult-themed OTL tournament in San Diego.

An Over-the-Line tournament was held at Camp Pendleton's Del Mar Beach, Sept 22. Nineteen teams of three participated in the pilot event that was brought to base through the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, who hosts an annual adult-themed OTL tournament in San Diego. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Brinn)


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Mike Tobias of team "Drunk and Disorderly" prepares to hit the ball during Camp Pendleton's Over-the-Line tournament at the Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. Tobias also competes on the All-Marine Softball team, and his experience showed true during the tournament as he hit numerous line-drives over-the-line while up to bat.

Mike Tobias of team "Drunk and Disorderly" prepares to hit the ball during Camp Pendleton's Over-the-Line tournament at the Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. Tobias also competes on the All-Marine Softball team, and his experience showed true during the tournament as he hit numerous line-drives over-the-line while up to bat. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Brinn)


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The first "Over the Line" tournament was held on Camp Pendleton's Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. Only wooden Official Softball or Official Little League bats are authorized as part of official OTL rules and regulations.

The first "Over the Line" tournament was held on Camp Pendleton's Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. Only wooden Official Softball or Official Little League bats are authorized as part of official OTL rules and regulations. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Brinn)


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Tabitha Carter, captain of team Big Stix, stands ready in the field during the first elimination round of the first "Over the Line" tournament on Camp Pendleton's Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. Carter was the only female in the all-male divisions of the competition, noting that her shop didn't have enough participants to make a regular softball team. Even being a female in the all-male portion of the competition, Carter was able to hang with the men, often times catching many line drives and scoring points for her team.

Tabitha Carter, captain of team Big Stix, stands ready in the field during the first elimination round of the first "Over the Line" tournament on Camp Pendleton's Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. Carter was the only female in the all-male divisions of the competition, noting that her shop didn't have enough participants to make a regular softball team. Even being a female in the all-male portion of the competition, Carter was able to hang with the men, often times catching many line drives and scoring points for her team. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Brinn)


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Participants from team "New Jack City" step up to bat during Camp Pendleton's Over-the-Line tournament at the Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. The three players came out to the base's tournament to practice for the upcoming San Diego OTL tournament that attracts more than 1,200 teams.

Participants from team "New Jack City" step up to bat during Camp Pendleton's Over-the-Line tournament at the Del Mar Beach, Sept. 22. The three players came out to the base's tournament to practice for the upcoming San Diego OTL tournament that attracts more than 1,200 teams. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Brinn)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Fall had begun, but summer-like temperatures at Del Mar Beach Resort here Sept. 22 suggested otherwise as Marines, sailors and civilians competed in a sunny, sandy over-the-line tournament.

Over-the-line is similar to softball and baseball but with a few glaring exceptions: A team consists of three players; the object is to hit a ball over a line 55 feet away to score a run, but runners don't actually run. Outs are made when the opposing team catches the ball.

For this tournament, teams played four-inning games.

"It was a new experience," said Lance Cpl. Tabitha Carter, a radio operator with 1st Marine Division, "Our (section) didn't have enough people to make a regular softball team, so the three of us decided to try this out for fun," said the captain of “Big Stix” and the only woman in the all-male division.

With its tongue-in-cheek spin on America's favorite pastime, the sport may appear in the Pendleton Cup Series next year, according to one Semper Fit Division official.

"We wanted to make this competition a little bit more visible for the Marines," said tournament director Wayne Frater, representing San Diego's Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. He said the competition attracts more than 1,200 teams to the Southern California area.

"We usually try and go to a bunch of different tournaments to get in some practice for the big San Diego competition," said Kevin Ratzlaff of team "New Jack City." He said he and his friends have been participating for the last eight years. "But we really drove all the way up here to support the troops. It's awesome that we get to play against the Marines right now."

With its interesting spin on America’s favorite pastime, OTL took tradition away from the stadium and onto Pendleton sand until the Naval Hospital’s team “Moneyball” reigned victorious. “Nurses With Wood” also from NHCP took second, and team “Drunk and Disorderly” took third.

To learn more about OTL and other OMBAC sponsored sports, visit www.ombac.org.


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