The double-elimination playoffs of the 10th Kadena Klassic Pacificwide Open Softball Tournament on Okinawa were pushed back to Saturday because of Typhoon Songda.

Play was suspended at 6:20 p.m. Saturday with a few round-robin games still to be played.

Tournament director Dexter High was hoping to wrap up the tournament on Monday by throwing out the pool-play games that had no bearing on the playoffs and moving straight to the double-elimination phase of the tournament.

Instead, all remaining games will be played starting at 7 a.m. Saturday at Kadena’s FourDiamonds Complex, High said.

That means the Outcasts of Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base will have to leave without competing for the title despite going 5-0 in Pool B.

“They’ll leave here with some medals, since they won their division,” High said.

The tournament’s other off-island team, the Sasebo Pirates of Japan, might not return home on Tuesday as scheduled because the typhoon is headed that way, High said.

“With the storm headed to Sasebo, they may not leave [Tuesday],” High said.

Osan wins POW-MIA tournament

CAMP CASEY, South Korea — Led by MVP Steve Marquez, Osan Air Base roared out of the loser’s bracket and beat the International Guzzlers in a two-game final Monday to capture the POW-MIA Labor Day Open Tournament.

Osan upended the Guzzlers 24-13 in the first final game, forcing an “if-necessary” second title game, which Osan won 18-8.

“We’ve done it before,” Osan coach Carlee Keys said, referring to the Pacificwide Open two years ago when Osan double- dipped Camp Casey in the championship.

He credited Osan’s title on Monday to “a lot of good hitting.”

“My guys hit the ball well in both games against the Guzzlers. We had a good weekend. The Guzzlers played really well, hit the ball and played good defense. They just didn’t hit the ball when they needed to.”

Marquez hit nine homers in the two 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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