Pacific sports briefs: Rain washes out softball games in Korea
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Rain washed out all 28 post-level softball games scheduled last weekend in Korea’s Warrior Division and Traveling League, Bennie Jackson, 34th Support Group sports director at Yongsan, said Monday.
The rain-outs leave just a two-day window this weekend to make up Traveling League games before the Koreawide Post-Level Tournament Aug. 7-8 at Yongsan. The top four men’s teams in the Warrior and Traveling leagues qualify for the tournament.
Jackson said only a handful of games might be made up July 31 and Aug. 1, when the 8th U.S. Army company-level, men’s senior and women’s tournaments are scheduled, also at the Lombardo Field FourPlex on Yongsan’s South Post.
“We’ll try to get as many games made up this weekend as we can,” he said.
Crucial to deciding the Traveling League’s top seed in the Koreawide Post-Level Tournament is a four-game series between Osan Air Base (28-2 overall, 20-0 league) and Yongsan Garrison (17-6, 13-3). Should Yongsan sweep Osan, Yongsan would earn the top seed and Osan would fall to second.
Otherwise, Jackson said, Kunsan Air Base (14-5, 7-3) and Camp Humphreys (15-13, 13-9) are the third and fourth seeds from the Traveling League.
There’s no chance the four Warrior Division games will be made up; the league holds its postseason tournament this weekend.
The women’s field in the Koreawide will feature all six remaining teams in the Traveling League, rather than press forward to make up games and decide the top four seeds, Jackson said.
Osan Air Base (14-5, 11-1) will get the top seed, followed by Taegu (13-8, 13-3), Yongsan (16-9, 14-6), Camp Casey (15-5, 8-4), Kunsan Air Base (9-8, 6-4) and Camp Humphreys (3-20, 2-16). Camp Red Cloud dropped out of the league earlier this year.
Lumber seeks players
CAMP WALKER, South Korea — With one starter on vacation and two others transferring to Seoul, the Taegu Lumber baseball team is busily recruiting new players, coach Pedro Arocho said Monday.
The squad of Taegu-area GIs, DOD civilians and dependents now has 11 players on the roster, Arocho said.
“That’s enough to put a team on the field, but it doesn’t leave us any room if one or two can’t show up due to duty.”
The Lumber is 5-1, a game behind Utopia, a Korean team, in Taegu’s MBC/ESPN amateur league. The Lumber next plays Sunday against Taegu Equis.
Call Arocho at DSN 764-5815 or John Behrend at DSN 768-7832 for more information on joining the team.