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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Foul weather proved to be the big winner on Tuesday in the Marine Forces Pacific Regional Softball Tournament.

Rain showers throughout the day rendered Field 1 at the Foster Field Complex unplayable and forced organizers to postpone Tuesday’s seven scheduled games by a day, and to play them under a one-pitch format to get back on schedule.

“If we had continued, it would have been stop-and-go all night, and that would have been a waste of everybody’s time,” said Mike Desmond of Marine Corps Community Services-Okinawa Semper Fit Athletics.

As a result, all remaining round-robin pool play games — 14 total — were slated to be played Wednesday.

Each of the seven teams in the tournament would play two games under those rules. Desmond estimated that would put the tournament back on schedule by 2 p.m. Wednesday, with seven more games to be played under regular rules.

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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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