Day 1.0 of Marine WestPac Regional Softball Tournament; washout!
Published: August 8, 2010
They'd hoped to play six games Monday in the 2010 Marine Corps Western Pacific Regional Softball Tournament. Instead, they got a healthy dose of Tropical Storm Dianmu.
The fifth numbered storm of the 2010 northwest Pacific tropical cyclone season forced the six opening-day games of the tournament to be pushed back to Tuesday. And Tuesday's weather forecast looks no better than Monday's; 50-percent chance of rain and showers until 6 p.m., with a break in the evening, followed by 60-percent chance of rain and showers on Wednesday.
The WestPac tournament runs through Saturday.
Seven teams, the most since 2005, are vying for tournament championship honors:
-- Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler, Okinawa.
-- 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa.
-- 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa.
-- III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, Okinawa
-- 3rd Marine Logistics Group, Okinawa.
-- U.S. Naval Hospital Camp Lester, Okinawa.
-- Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
From those seven teams, six players will earn berths in the All-Marine men's softball tryout camp, scheduled for Aug. 27-Sept. 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
The All-Marine team then plays in the All-Armed Forces tournament Sept. 18-24 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Players selected to the All-Armed Forces team next play in the Amateur Softball Association's national championship tournament scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 4 at ASA headquarters in Oklahoma City.