Game of the week
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 15, 2018
Kubasaki (2-3) vs. Nile C. Kinnick (2-0)
When — 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Where —Yokota Air Base, Japan.
What — First of three inter-district matchups for the Dragons. They face the Red Devils on Friday at Division II Yokota’s home ballpark, then play two games on Saturday against four-time defending Far East Division I Tournament champion American School In Japan at Mustang Valley.
Players to watch — Kubasaki is led at the plate by Cade Schaffer (.545, 2 extra-base hits, 3 RBIs) and Adam Garlick (.500, 1 triple, 3 RBIs). On the mound, the Dragons are led by Kyle Palmer (1-0, 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 6 walks, 10 strikeouts in 10 innings). The Red Devils got a three-RBI performance Tuesday in a 9-2 win at Yokota from Jonathan Acosta; he got the win in relief last Saturday when Kinnick rallied from a 4-0 deficit to upend defending D-II champion Matthew C. Perry 12-7. Sebastian Hineman leads Kinnick with a .800 average and two RBIs.