Games of the week
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 22, 2018
Yokota (6-2) at Matthew C. Perry (3-4)
When — 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where — Atago Sports Complex, Iwakuni, Japan.
What — Second of two regular-season get-togethers between the winners of the last two Far East Division II Tournaments. The host Samurai edged out the Panthers 2-1 last May 17 for the school’s first D-II title; the Panthers had won Far East the previous two years. The Panthers downed the Samurai 17-2 and 5-2 in their first weekend meeting March 2-3 at Yokota.
Players to watch — Senior Garrett Macias leads the Samurai with a .647 batting average, 11-for-17 with six extra-base hits and seven RBIs; he’s 3-2 on the mound with 27 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings and a 4.02 ERA. Eli Perez paces the Samurai with 15 RBIs and sports a .600 average. For the Panthers, Sean Caffrey and Glen Willingham each sport identical .667 averages on 10-of-15 hitting, each with nine RBIs. On the mound, Sean Caffrey leads the Panthers with a 1.75 ERA, while Jack Winkler has 13 strikeouts and allowed just one walk in eight innings. Overall, Panthers pitchers have struck out 67 batters in 40 innings.