CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Call it a Korea sweep dream.
Led by MVPs Doug Guerrette and Jihrleah Showman, Osan Air Base’s men and Area I’s women made mincemeat of their Okinawa foes on Sunday to cap the Firecracker Shootout Interservice Softball Tournament’s revival.
In searing heat and sunshine, Area I rallied from a 7-0 first-inning deficit to rout Yard Busters 27-16. The men’s championship in the double-elimination tournament went two games, with Osan coming out of the loser’s bracket to dethrone American Legion 15-14 and 15-11.
"To come over to Okinawa’s house and show who Korea is, in these conditions, this was great," Osan men’s coach Tony Dunaway said.
It was the first time the tournament’s been held since 2004; it was canceled the last three years due to budget cuts and lack of teams.
Osan 15-15, American Legion 14-11: Despite nagging leg injuries and the heat — it reached 91 degrees with 75 percent humidity — Guerrette went 8-for-9 with a homer and five RBIs in the two games. As pitcher, he walked just three batters in 12 games.
"Doug is a hitting and pitching machine," Dunaway said. "He sets the example, absolutely. It took everything he had. He had nothing left."
"Heart and guts," said Guerrette, sweat covering his face and shirt. "Old school. There ain’t many of us left; those who are left, we’re trying to show the young kids how to do it."
Anthony Germany, Joe Rivera and Guerrette hit back-to-back doubles in the sixth inning of the first game, giving Osan a 15-13 edge. Rivera, Germany and Guerrette combined to go 11-for 12 with nine RBIs in the opener. Legion’s Chadd Malin was 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs.
Osan led throughout the clincher. Inez Ornelas put it out of reach with a two-run single in the third and an RBI hit in the fourth that put Osan up 13-3. Legion cut it to 14-11 in the sixth but got no closer.
Chris Cugier was 5-for-5 and Ornelas 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Malin went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
It was Osan’s third Pacific Grand Slam tournament title. Legion was aiming for its 10th; it also finished second in the Pacificwide Open in May at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.
Area I 27, Yard Busters 16: While Guerrette’s in the twilight of a 21½-year career, a ham-and-egger who never made it to the All-Air Force level, Showman, in her second year in the Army, soundly stated why she’s being eyed for her first All-Army tryout camp.
Showman, a private first class assigned to Camp Hovey, belted two shots over the 225-foot fence and drove in five runs as Area I won its first Grand Slam tournament title.
"It’s all about the zone," Showman said. "Clearing your head, preparing for the perfect pitch and swing. Form is key."
Four-year West Point starter Lauren Shaw was 5-for-5 with two jacks and five RBIs and pitcher Christy Lee homered twice and drove in five runs. Casey scored 10 times in the first inning and eight more in the fourth. As a team, Area I belted nine round-trippers.
Lindsay Barrish went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs and Renee Longlais was 4-for-4 with a three-run double for Yard Busters.
10th Firecracker ShootoutAt Foster Athletics Complex,Camp Foster, Okinawa
Men’s double-elimination playoffs
SundayChampionship Game 1Osan 15, American Legion 14Osan..........800 304 0—15 20 3Legion..........251 321 0—14 18 2Batting—Osan, Doug Guerrette 4-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI; Joe Rivera 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Anthony Germany 4-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Robert Gullett 2-for-3, 2 RBI. American Legion, Chadd Malin 3-for-3, 2B, HR, 4 RBI; David DeRemer 3-for-4, 2B; Bob Willard 2-for-4, 2 RBI; Chris Stephens 2 RBI; Will Twaddell 2 RBI.Championship Game 2Osan 15, American Legion 11Osan..........434 210 1—15 26 5Legion..........210 602 0—11 17 4Batting—Osan, Chris Cugier 5-for-5; Doug Guerrette 4-for-5, RBI; Inez Ornelas 4-for-5, 3 RBI; Joe Rivera 2-for-4, SF, 3 RBI; Robert Gullett 3-for-3, 2 SF, 2 RBI; Josh Lubben 1-for-2, 2 BB, SF, 2 RBI; Anthony Germany 2-fof-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI. American Legion, Will Twaddell 3-for-4, 2B, RBI; Chadd Malin 2-fof-3, 3 RBI; Kevin Cumbie 2-for-3, SF, 2 2B, 2 RBI.
AwardsMost Valuable Player—Doug Guerrette, Osan Air Base.All-Tournament coach—Tony Dunaway, Osan Air Base.All-Tournament team—Inez Ornelas, Doug Guerrette, Justin James, Osan Air Base; Will Twaddell, Chadd Malin, American Legion; Dez Ray, Camp Humphreys; George Isla, Yellow Box; Chad Baldini, Yokota Air Base; Doug Gist, Yongsan Garrison; Kevin Petty, Club Red.
Women’s double-elimination playoffs
SundayChampionshipArea I 27, Yard Busters 16Yard Busters..........702 124 0—16 16 6Area I ..........(10)33 821 x—27 24 6Batting—Area I, Lauren Shaw 5-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI; Kathleen Hedges 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI; Jihrleah Showman 2-for-4, BB, 2 HR, 5 RBI; Christy Lee 2-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI; Constance Hammonds 4-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Vernetta Hollier 2 RBI; Jennifer Wilson HR, 2 RBI; Jackie Kershaw 2-for-4, HR, RBI. Yard Busters, Lindsay Barrish 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 5 RBI; Renee Langley 4-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Morgan Frances HR, 2 RBI.
AwardsMost Valuable Player—Jihrleah Showman, Area I.All-Tournament coach—Paul Hansell, Area I.All-Tournament team—Jihrleah Showman, Kathleen Hedges, Jacqueline Kershaw, Area I; Lindsay Ciullo, Becca Tongen, Osan Air Base; Renee Langley, Yard Busters; Tiffani Carritt, Yard Busters; Amber Fagan, Yokota Air Base; Marcy Erickson, Islanders; Maria Garcia, Yongsan Garrison.