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Rare co-championship in Kanto Kup softball

For the first time in the decade-long history of the Kanto Kup softball tournament, held every year but one since 2004 at Yokota Park, we saw a co-championship in the tournament, with Misawa Air Base’s Jets of northern Japan and the Naval Air Facility Atsugi Flyers sharing the honor.

They got three batters into the second “if necessary” championship game of the double-elimination tournament when the heavens opened up just after 6 p.m. Sunday with a deluge of huge raindrops pelting Yokota Park for a good 20 minutes. By the time the downpour ended, there were puddles of standing water all over the infield.

By coaches’ and umpires’ agreement, the rest of the game was canceled. Atsugi and Misawa were the only teams left in the tournament with one loss each.

Atsugi sent Misawa to the knockout bracket with a 12-11 win earlier Sunday in the championship bracket final; Misawa replied with a 15-14 win in the first championship game, breaking it open with seven runs in the top of the seventh and holding on as Atsugi answered with seven of its own in the bottom of the frame.

The complete list of tournament scores and standings:

Final pool-play standings
(listed in order of playoff seeding)
Misawa Air Base, 3-1
Naval Air Facility Atsugi, 3-1
Yokota Air Base, 3-1
Camp Zama, 2-2
Slammers, 1-3
Camp Fuji, 0-4

Friday’s scores
Naval Air Facility Atsugi 20, Camp Fuji 10
Yokota Air Base 17, Slammers 4
Misawa Air Base 26, Camp Zama 1
Saturday’s scores
Naval Air Facility Atsugi 21, Slammers 13
Camp Zama 14, Camp Fuji 6
Yokota Air Base 11, Misawa Air Base 10
Slammers 18, Camp Fuji 8
Misawa Air Base 19, Naval Air Facility Atsugi 4
Yokota Air Base 27, Camp Zama, 16
Misawa Air Base 25, Camp Fuji 12
Naval Air Facility Atsugi 20, Yokota Air Base 16
Camp Zama 24, Slammers 14

Double-elimination playoffs
Saturday’s scores

Game 1—Camp Zama 26, Slammers 11
Game 2—Yokota Air Base 13, Camp Fuji 5
Sunday’s scores
Game 3—Misawa Air Base 8, Camp Zama 3
Game 4—Naval Air Facility Atsugi 6, Yokota Air Base 5
Game 5—Camp Zama 16, Camp Fuji 4; Camp Fuji eliminated
Game 6—Yokota Air Base 18, Slammers 13; Slammers eliminated
Game 7—Naval Air Facility Atsugi 12, Misawa Air Base 11
Game 8—Yokota Air Base 18, Camp Zama 13; Camp Zama eliminated
Game 9—Misawa Air Base 11, Yokota Air Base 5; Yokota Air Base eliminated
Game 10—Misawa Air Base 15, Naval Air Facility Atsugi 14
Game 11—Misawa Air Base vs. Naval Air Facility Atsugi, ccd., rain; Misawa and Atsugi share championship 

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