TORII STATION, Okinawa — With a nervous eye cast skyward and Typhoon Nabi lurking off Okinawa’s east coast Saturday, the Kadena Falcons captured their second major softball tournament title of the season.

Tasha Bland hit two inside-the-park home runs that drove in four runs, and All-Air Force outfielder Candace Graham homered, singled and drove in three runs as Kadena rallied from a 9-6 deficit to beat the host Torii Tides 17-10 for the title in the 19th Typhoon Classic.

Kadena won despite being without two of its starters — 2004 All-Armed Forces pitcher Twyla Sears and outfielder Mandy Snyder, who was in Dallas with the All-Armed Forces team playing in the Amateur Softball Association Western Regional tournament.

“We knew we didn’t have all our girls but they just played hard,” said assistant coach George Shaffer, tipping his hat to the Tides and the other two women’s teams. “They all fought back hard.”

The eight-team men’s playoff field was racing against the clock and weather to complete as many games as possible before Nabi closed in on the island.

Heavy rain just after midnight finally forced a suspension of play, with only the championship game remaining.

“This has been a test for me,” said tournament director Jim Perry, who is running his first Typhoon Classic. He tried to move the men’s playoffs to the FourDiamonds Complex at Kadena Air Base but with the island already in TCCOR-2, he was told no.

“I really wanted to get them [the women’s games] finished so we could get moving through the men’s bracket,” Perry said. He invoked a one-pitch format for Saturday’s remaining games, after the first six were played by regular rules.

Yellow Box and Kadena are scheduled to play the championship game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

In other tournaments:

At Yokota Air Base, Japan, the host Yokota Warriors finished round-robin play with only one loss and were seeded second among four teams for the double-elimination playoffs in the Kanto Kup.Tiebreakers ruled the opening day of the POW-MIA Tournament at camps Casey and Hovey in South Korea.Osan Air Base, the International Guzzlers and Camp Casey each finished 2-1 in round-robin Pool A, with Osan winning the top playoff seed because it scored the most runs. Guzzlers II and Kunsan Air Base tied at 3-1 atop Pool B, with the Guzzlers grabbing the top seed by virtue of their 13-11 victory over Kunsan.

2005 Typhoon Classic Softball Tournament

2005 Typhoon Classic Softball Tournament

At Torii Field, Torii Station, Okinawa

Final round-robin standings

Men's Pool A

Kadena Falcons 3-0

One Run Exit 1-2

Torii Knights 1-2

BGS 1-2

Friday's games

Torii 15, BGS 6

Kadena 19, One Run Exit 2

One Run Exit 17, Torii 3

Kadena 21, BGS 12

Men's Pool B

Club Red 3-0

Yellow Box 2-1

Pats Sats 1-2

Young Gunz 0-3

Friday's games

Club Red 22, Yellow Box 20

Pats Sats 21, Young Gunz 11

Yellow Box 29, Young Gunz 9

Club Red 22, Pats Sats 15

Women's Pool

Kadena Falcons 2-1

1st Command 2-1

Torii Tides 2-1

Pink Panthers 0-3

Friday's games

1st Command 6, Pink Panthers 3

Kadena 11, Pink Panthers 7

Men's double-elimination playoffs


Kadena 20, Young Gunz 4

Yellow Box 16, Torii 4

Club Red 22, BGS 6

One Run Exit 8, Pats Sats 7

Young Gunz 18, Torii 8; Torii eliminated

Pats Sats 23, BGS 15; BGS eliminated

Yellow Box 23, Kadena 9

Club Red 17, One Run Exit 7

Kadena 20, Pats Sats 6; Pats Sats eliminated

Young Gunz 7, One Run Exit 6; One Run Exit eliminated


Yellow Box 25, Club Red 8

Kadena 21, Young Gunz 16; Young Gunz eliminated

Kadena 21, Club Red 16; Club Red eliminated


Kadena vs. Yellow Box, 7 p.m.

Kadena vs. Yellow Box, if Yellow Box loses first game, 8 p.m.

Women's double-elimination playoffs


1st Command 11, Pink Panthers 6

Kadena 18, Torii 5

Torii 10, Pink Panthers 9; Pink Panthers eliminated

Kadena 12, 1st Command 4

Torii 8, 1st Command 4; 1st Command eliminated

Kadena 17, Torii 10; Torii eliminated

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