Two was the magic number for Korea’s Osan Defenders and the Yokota Warriors of Japan, who capped unbeaten playoff runs by capturing the titles in their respective Labor Day weekend interservice softball tournaments.
Led by MVP Mike Lemond, Osan survived a two-game final in the POW-MIA tournament at Camp Casey, losing the first game to the International Guzzlers 17-10 before rallying to win the second game 21-11. Lemond led the tournament in hitting and walked 24 times.
Osan Mustangs player coach Sammy Kurk earned the tournament’s sportsmanship award, while Donnie Morris of the Kunsan Wolf Pack won the tournament’s Home Run King award, with nine.
Meanwhile, Yokota swept through the double-elimination playoffs unbeaten to win the Kanto Kup tournament championship Sunday at its home Wilkins Park.
The Warriors rode the bat of tournament home-run champion and offensive MVP Dan Davis, defensive MVP Charlie Holloway and all-tournament player Brooks Biel. Yokota beat Jeff’s Fitness of Tokyo 15-2, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station 8-7 and Jeff’s Fitness 7-3 in the title game of the double-elimination playoffs.
Every team which has won a Labor Day title has become two-time champions of an interservice tournament thus far this season:
Osan (53-13), second this year in the Korea Traveling League and third in the Koreawide post-level tournament last month at Yongsan Garrison, also hosted and won the Independence Holidays tournament over the July 4th weekend.Yokota (21-4) won the U.S. Forces Japan Varsity Softball League regular-season championship, and also took the league’s postseason tournament title on June 26 at Yokosuka Naval Base.The Kadena Falcons on Saturday captured the women’s crown in the 19th Typhoon Classic at Okinawa’s Torii Station. Coupled with their title in the Pacificwide open tournament Memorial Day weekend at Yongsan Garrison, the Falcons have won two Pacific Grand Slam tournament titles, with the Kadena Klassic to follow on Columbus Day weekend.ACE squad falls below .500WAEGWAN, South Korea -- Reliever Adam Kirk got rocked for seven runs in the fifth inning as Taegu Ares, a South Korean team, rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the predominantly GI Taegu ACE 10-7 on Sunday at Waegwan Field near Camp Carroll.
After evening its record at 6-6 in its last game on Aug. 8, ACE fell below .500, where its been for most of the campaign after losing its first four games to open the Taegu amateur Hammer League season. ACE is 6-7 overall and 5-6, fifth in the Hammer League, with three regular-season games left. The top six teams make the playoffs.
Ares strung together a series of hits and took advantage of a three-run error in right field to mount its comeback against Kirk, which put Ares up 7-4.
ACE responded with two runs in the sixth inning, but Ares put away the contest with three runs in the top of the seventh, and ACE could only tack on one to end the game.