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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - August 26, 1991, Tokyo, Japan MONDAY,AUGUST 26,1991 STARS AND STRIPESTitles to USNH Yokosuka, Diego GarciaBy Dave OrnauerStripes Assistant Sports EditorYOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — KathyMaxwell and Barbara Brown were both late for aU.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka dental corps func-tion. And for good reason — they were busyarranging to take an extra special present withthem."She can take the trophy to the ball and showwhy she was late," said USNH Yokosuka CoachHenry Melton after a history-making pair of vic-tories, 12-6 and 8-2, in a two-game final Saturdayover Diego Garcia, giving USNH Yokosuka theirthird Navy Western Pacific Regional SoftballTournament title in four years.Diego Garcia's men ensured the tiny U.S. Navalfacility in the Indian Ocean did not go homeempty-handed, beating USNH Okinawa in a one-game final 12-7.But the host doctors sent Diego Garcia's hopesfor a double title out on a stretcher, capped a busythree weeks for Yokosuka women's softball andadded another chapter to a growing WestPac leg-end:• It was the third time USNH Yokosuka hadcome out of the loser's bracket to win WestPacand, like the big seventh-inning rally in the firstfinal game in 1988 that helped beat the prohibitivefavorite Naval Security Group Activity Misawa,USNH Yokosuka scored eight runs in the seventhinning against Diego Garcia to rally from a 6-4deficit and begin the title run.§oftbal!"I'm, like, here we go again. Deja vu," saidUSNH Yokosuka assistant coach Jeff Bolden, whowas head coach in 1988.• For Maxwell, Tracy Mclntyre and five otherUSNH players, it's been a busy 22 days, in which,either as USNH Yokosuka or the Yokosuka Sea-hawks they first won the Yokosuka Miller LiteFar East Invitational Tournament, the U.S.Forces Japan tournament at Yokota Air Base andthen WestPac."It's very special for us," said Melton, a staffsergeant from Chicago assigned to Yokosuka'sMarine Barracks. "Everybody was pushing us off,but we proved a point —Yokosuka -is a place toplay ball. We take it seriously."• And for Bolden, 28, a Navy petty officersecond class from Compton, Calif., it was threetimes as special, as he matched USNH's TonyHickson in a rare WestPac double-triple.Either as an assistant or head coach, Bolden,who leaves Yokosuka Wednesday for an assign-ment in the states, has been involved with threeWestPac softball title teams and three WestPacbasketball champions, all with USNH Yokosuka.As a basketball player, Hickson played for West-Pac winners in 1984-86 (amphibious commandship USS Blue Ridge) and 1989-91 (USNH)."This was just the way I wanted to go out,"said Bolden. "I'm very proud of the ladies. Theywanted to show they were the best in the Pacific. Itake my hat off to them."En route to the final, USNH Yokosuka neededa 9-0 victory in the loser's bracket final to oustdefending champion NSGA Misawa, which fin-ished third. U.S. Naval Forces Philippines fin-ished fourth.In men's games leading up to the final, DiegoGarcia beat the destroyer USS Fife 13-3 in thewinner's bracket final. In the loser's bracket, itwas USNH Okinawa over the third-place Fife 11-5and over fourth-place NSGA Kamiseya 12-7. Ka-miseya eliminated host Fleet Activities Yokosuka8-6.Women's ChampionshipUSNH Yokosuka 12-8, Diego Garcia 6-2Sending 12 batters to the plate in the seventhinning of Game 1, USNH took advantage of fourDiego Garcia errors and got timely hitting fromMost Valuable Player Cindy Lawrence.Her RBI single scored Maxwell from secondbase and sparked the eight-run USNH Yokosukauprising, then Jeanna Waltersdorf added a two-run single and Maxwell capped the rally with anRBI single."All I knew was that hit would make or shakethe game," said Lawrence, a petty officer thirdclass from Charleston, S.C., assigned to USNH'seducation and training division. "It seemed to dothe trick."Lawrence batted 3-for-4 with a triple and twoRBIs, Tammy Tolar batted 2-for-4 with threeRBIs, Waltersdorf batted 3-for-4, Maxwell batted3-for-5 with an RBI and Brown 2-for-5 with anRBI as Yokosuka outhit Diego Garcia 15-9 butstranded 10 runners, three in the sixth. AngelaSmith had two RBI singles and McGary a third-inning RBI double for Diego Garcia.In the title-clinching second game, Lawrence'sRBI single broke a 2-2 tie in the third and Mcln-tyre, the Miller Lite Far East MVP, broke out of atournament-long slump, batting 4-for-4 with fourRBIs, including a two-run single that capped athree-run fourth and made it 7-2."I went through a lot of batting practice today,finally found the stroke and they fell in for me,"said Mclntyre, a petty officer second class fromLouisville, Ky., assigned to the Yokosuka-basedSubmarine Group 7.Lawrence batted in two runs and Maxwell bat-ted 2-for-4. Debi Johnson batted 3-for-3, MelanieBarragan 2-for-3 and Marie Berry l-for-2 with anRBI for Diego Garcia, which was outhit 10-7.USNH left 10 runners.Other Women's GamesTrudy Patzner had two RBI singles, TrenaBoldt a two-run single in the first and Lawrence,Waltersdorf, Tolar and Sue Washington all drovein runs for USNH against NSGA Misawa.Men's ChampionshipDiego Garcia 12, USNH Okinawa 7George Regal and men's MVP Larry Reedhelped rally Diego Garcia from a 4-1 deficit, Reedtying it with an RBI single and Regal puttingDiego Garcia ahead to stay with a three-run dou-ble in a four-run fifth. After USNH Okinawa cut itto 7-6 on RBI hits by Terry Allemang and VictorEspinoza, Diego Garcia put it away with five-runsixth."I'm not a high pitch-hitter, he (USNH pitcherJeff Blanford) threw two high and outside and hefinally dropped one down and I turned on it," saidRegal, 29, a petty officer first class from Chicagoassigned to Diego Garcia Naval Support Facility,of his three-run double."Okinawa came out of the loser's bracket, theywere tired and we were flat early, but we got acouple of clutch hits," said Diego Garcia player-coach Randy Pipkin. "We never gave up."Reed batted 4-for-4 with two RBIs, Rick Ber-rard 2-for-3 with a two-run double and Paul Brad-shaw a two-run single in the third for DiegoGarcia. Mike Duncan batted 3-for-4, Espinoza, Ro-land Hillard and Blanford all batted 2-for-3, Blan-ford and Espinoza with RBIs, and Dan Madisondrove in a run for USNH Okinawa.Other Men's GamesJohn Young had two sacrifice flies and fourRBIs and Butch Beach batted 3-for-4 with twoRBIs for USNH Okinawa against the Fife. Duncandrove in three runs, one with a sacrifice fly, andYoung batted 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and threeRBIs in eliminating Kamiseya, which got twoRBIs each from Doug Steffen, Ralph Beaudin andPaul Joseph.In the winner's final, Bradshaw batted 3-for-4with three RBIs, Pipkin had a two-run double andTommy Humphrey had a pair of two-run singlesagainst the fife.In a game that actually began Friday night butwas pushed back to Saturday due to heavy rain —and, in fact, was played in steady rain Saturdaymorning — Joe Boogren batted 3-for-4 with atriple and three RBIs as Kamiseya ousted hostYokosuka.All-Tournament TeamsLawrence, Patzner and Tolar headlined the 10-player All-Tournament women's team, along withOldham, McGary and Sharon Sellars of DiegoGarcia. They were joined by Lynn Spaulding,tournament home-run co-leader Susan Jacksonand the lone women's repeat selection, Geri Mar-tin. Lynn Kueck of the Philippines was also select-ed.Reed, Regal, Duncan and Young topped themen's team, and were joined by Joseph, home-runco-leader Richard Trullo of the Blue Ridge BlueJars, Paul Barbour of Korea's Chinhae Naval Fa-cility, the Philippines' Allen Miller, Yokosuka'sAustin Maxwell and Charles Overstreet of Guam'sNaval Communications Area Master Station.Taiwan wins Little League World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Tai-wan won its 15th Little League WorldSeries championship Saturday, usingPan Chin-Chang's 14 strikeouts andLin Wei-Chu's grand slam to routeSan Ramon Valley, Calif., 11-0.California starter Kevin Grahamstifled Taiwan with 78 mph fastballsin the first and second innings, butFang Sheng connected for a 240-foothome run in the third that triggeredthe onslaught.After the Tai Chung LittleLeaguers chased Graham in thefifth, Lin hit his grand slam off re-liever Jason Barringer for an 11-0lead, capping an eight-run inning.Taiwan now is 47-3, including 15-2in championship games, since itsfirst appearance in the Little Leaguetournament in 1969. A crowd of36,000, most of them on the hillsoverlooking Lamade Stadium,watched as Taiwan won its secondtitle in a row. Last year, Taiwan beatShippensburg, Pa., 9-0.A California team finished as run-ner-up for the 12th time in 15 titlegame appearances, the most second-place finishes by any state.The Danville, Calif., teammounted its most serious threat inthe third, when Stephen Otus walkedand moved to second on Greg Isom'ssingle. Pan struck out California'sNos. 2 and 3 hitters to retire the side.In the fourth, he struck out themiddle of the San Ramon Valleylineup, giving him five in a row. Hestruck out the side again in the sixthto end the game.Lin and Fang, Taiwan's first twohitters, each hit four home runs dur-ing the series.Taiwan scored its first run in thesecond inning without a hit. HuangChun-Wei walked, took third on twopassed balls and scored on a doublesteal.Graham overpowered Taiwan'sbatters the first time around, strik-ing out two and getting threegroundouts. But as his fastball beganto fade, the Far East champions be-gan to connect.In his second at-bat, Fang made it2-0 when he homered on Graham'sfirst pitch. Pan walked and laterscored on Lin Chung-Chun's singlefor a 3-0 lead.Taiwan then put the game awaywith its big inning. During the eight-run fifth, Graham walked three, hit abatter and gave up two singles. •He left after walking a batter withtwo out, and after Barringer gave upa single and a walk to load the bases,Lin hit the first pitch 36 feet past the204-foot fence.The Taiwanese have sent teams to18 tournaments and moved into thetitle game 17 times. Only in 1970,when it lost to Nicaragua in the firstround, has a Taiwan team failed tomake the final.Jeremy Hendershot and ChadPennington combined for a one-hit-ter as Hamilton, Ohio, beat Dhahran,Saudi Arabia, 5-1, for seventh place.San Cristobal, Dominican Repub-lic, beat Dunedin, Fla., 3-2, for fifthplace in the day's other loser'sbracket game.Pennington doubled twice for thegame's only extra-base hits and hadtwo RBIs for the Central regionchampion.Luis de la Rosa pitched a completegame for San Cristobal's victory.Jeremy Kurella, the loser, left aftertwo outs in the second after a shotback to the mound brushed his face.He returned in the sixth as apinch-hitter.* * *WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Ri-cardo Bella and Danny Castro hitconsecutive home runs to start thegame and Angel Rolon and JoseCamilo also hit homered as SanJuan, Puerto Rico, defeated Foun-tain Valley, Calif., 8-2 in the cham-pionship game of Pony LeagueWorld Series on Friday night.