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Rainy weather in both the Pacific and European theaters is responsible for canceling or postponing sports events every spring. This time, it’s the start of the DODEA-Korea season.

Rainy weather in both the Pacific and European theaters is responsible for canceling or postponing sports events every spring. This time, it’s the start of the DODEA-Korea season. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan – DODEA-Korea’s entire season-opening slate of spring sports scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to a forecast of bad weather, coaches and athletics directors said Friday.

Meanwhile, heavy rain forced the cancellation of Friday’s and Saturday’s DODEA-Japan baseball and softball games at Iwakuni’s Kizuna sports complex. Games between Yokota, Robert D. Edgren and Nile C. Kinnick on Friday at Yokosuka were also rained out.

According to Korea Meteorological Agency, Saturday’s forecast calls for low temperatures near freezing and highs in the low 40s with snow and freezing rain through much of the day.

Humphreys was to host baseball and track and field, Daegu boys soccer and Osan softball and girls soccer on Saturday. Those games have been pushed back to the league’s scheduled April 23 rainout day and the first competitions of the regular season are now slated for April 9.

Kinnick baseball coach Chad Stark said the DODEA-Japan baseball and softball games scheduled for Saturday are a go for the moment.

Matthew C. Perry baseball coach Frank Macias said heavy rains in the Iwakuni area overnight into Friday morning forced officials to close Kizuna for the weekend. That’s a Japanese sports complex off base, used by Perry for home softball and baseball games.

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages the Pacific Storm Tracker.
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