Pacific roundup: Twin Pigs hand Taegu Lumber first baseball loss
CAMP HENRY, South Korea — Corey Gumbert allowed 11 walks in six innings as the Taegu Lumber suffered their first loss in six Taegu MBC/ESPN amateur baseball league games this season, falling 7-6 on Sunday to the Taegu Twin Pigs, a South Korean team.
The Lumber (5-1), composed of Taegu-area GIs, Department of Defense civilians and dependents, are tied for first place with the Taegu Utopia.
Gumbert pitched a six-inning complete game and allowed only four hits but constantly had to pitch out of trouble.
The Lumber trailed 3-0 in the top of the first and 5-2 three innings later but rallied for two runs in the fourth and two in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead. But a fielding error allowed the tying and winning runs to score in the sixth inning.
Pedro Arocho led off the Lumber’s half of the sixth with a walk, then stole second and third, but was left stranded as the next two batters struck out and the third popped to second.
The Twin Pigs were kept in check by Lumber catcher Luke Davis, who threw out five would-be base stealers and caught another in a rundown at third.
In the first inning, the Lumber’s Keith Ross led off with a walk and then stole second, third and home.
Lubben powers Yokota into first in U.S. Forces softball
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Joshua Lubben hit six homers and Travis Harrison went 13-for-13 as the Yokota Samurai won all three of their games Sunday in U.S. Forces Japan varsity softball play.
Matt Norris added 11 hits in 13 at-bats as the Samurai beat the Yokosuka Seahawks 25-7 and 20-7 and pounded Camp Fuji, 35-7. The Samurai (3-0) lead Misawa Air Base (2-0) by a half-game.
Five men’s and three women’s teams are competing in the first USFJ-sponsored varsity softball league since 1997. Misawa and Yokota are tied atop the women’s standings with 2-0 records.
Military players to hit the ice
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Two clubs composed partly of U.S. servicemembers will take part in a nine-team ice hockey tournament Thursday through Saturday at the Anyang Sports Complex just south of Seoul, team organizers said.
The Geckos Glaciers Blue, with four GIs and a DOD civilian on the roster, along with Canadian and American expatriates, will join Japan’s Yokosuka Seahawks — made up of servicemembers and civilians from Yokosuka, Atsugi Naval Air Facility and Yokota Air Base — in the tournament.
Representing the Geckos Glaciers are soldiers Paul Sabin, Clay Janssen, Donnie Corliss and Paul Rigby and civilian Paul Novak, all of Yongsan.
The Seahawks include Adam Bennett, Don Trudeau, Nick Torres, Nathan Stalker and Ross Anderson of Yokosuka; Dan Dreher and Tom Hoyt of Atsugi, and Jesse McCabe and Merrill Slepica of Yokota.
The Geckos Glaciers and Seahawks will battle three other teams from South Korea, two from Japan, a Northeast Asian All-Star squad of players from South Korea and Beijing and a Southeast Asian team from Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.