Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - August 26, 1991, Tokyo, JapanMONDAY,
AUGUST 26,1991 STARS AND STRIPES
Titles to USNH Yokosuka, Diego Garcia
By Dave Ornauer
Stripes Assistant Sports Editor
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — KathyMaxwell and Barbara Brown were both late for a
U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka dental corps func-tion. And for good reason — they were busy
arranging to take an extra special present withthem.
"She can take the trophy to the ball and showwhy she was late," said USNH Yokosuka Coach
Henry Melton after a history-making pair of vic-tories, 12-6 and 8-2, in a two-game final Saturday
over Diego Garcia, giving USNH Yokosuka theirthird Navy Western Pacific Regional Softball
Tournament title in four years.Diego Garcia's men ensured the tiny U.S. Naval
facility 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 busy
three weeks for Yokosuka women's softball andadded another chapter to a growing WestPac leg-
end:• It was the third time USNH Yokosuka had
come out of the loser's bracket to win WestPacand, like the big seventh-inning rally in the first
final 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 6-4
deficit and begin the title run.
"I'm, like, here we go again. Deja vu," saidUSNH Yokosuka assistant coach Jeff Bolden, who
was head coach in 1988.• For Maxwell, Tracy Mclntyre and five other
USNH 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's
Marine Barracks. "Everybody was pushing us off,but we proved a point —Yokosuka -is a place to
play ball. We take it seriously."• And for Bolden, 28, a Navy petty officer
second class from Compton, Calif., it was threetimes as special, as he matched USNH's Tony
Hickson 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 three
WestPac 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 command
ship 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. They
wanted 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 oust
defending champion NSGA Misawa, which fin-ished third. U.S. Naval Forces Philippines fin-
ished fourth.In men's games leading up to the final, Diego
Garcia beat the destroyer USS Fife 13-3 in thewinner's bracket final. In the loser's bracket, it
was USNH Okinawa over the third-place Fife 11-5and over fourth-place NSGA Kamiseya 12-7. Ka-
miseya eliminated host Fleet Activities Yokosuka8-6.
USNH Yokosuka 12-8, Diego Garcia 6-2
Sending 12 batters to the plate in the seventhinning of Game 1, USNH took advantage of four
Diego Garcia errors and got timely hitting fromMost Valuable Player Cindy Lawrence.
Her RBI single scored Maxwell from secondbase and sparked the eight-run USNH Yokosuka
uprising, then Jeanna Waltersdorf added a two-run single and Maxwell capped the rally with an
RBI single."All I knew was that hit would make or shake
the game," said Lawrence, a petty officer thirdclass from Charleston, S.C., assigned to USNH's
education 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 three
RBIs, Waltersdorf batted 3-for-4, Maxwell batted3-for-5 with an RBI and Brown 2-for-5 with an
RBI as Yokosuka outhit Diego Garcia 15-9 butstranded 10 runners, three in the sixth. Angela
Smith 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 four
RBIs, 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-based
Submarine 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 an
RBI for Diego Garcia, which was outhit 10-7.USNH left 10 runners.
Other Women's Games
Trudy 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.
Diego Garcia 12, USNH Okinawa 7
George Regal and men's MVP Larry Reedhelped rally Diego Garcia from a 4-1 deficit, Reed
tying 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 Victor
Espinoza, 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 he
finally dropped one down and I turned on it," saidRegal, 29, a petty officer first class from Chicago
assigned 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 a
couple 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 Madison
drove in a run for USNH Okinawa.
Other Men's Games
John Young had two sacrifice flies and fourRBIs and Butch Beach batted 3-for-4 with two
RBIs for USNH Okinawa against the Fife. Duncandrove in three runs, one with a sacrifice fly, and
Young batted 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and threeRBIs in eliminating Kamiseya, which got two
RBIs 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 and
Tommy 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 a
triple and three RBIs as Kamiseya ousted hostYokosuka.
Lawrence, Patzner and Tolar headlined the 10-player All-Tournament women's team, along with
Oldham, 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-run
co-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's
Naval Communications Area Master Station.
Taiwan wins Little League World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Tai-wan won its 15th Little League World
Series championship Saturday, usingPan Chin-Chang's 14 strikeouts and
Lin Wei-Chu's grand slam to routeSan Ramon Valley, Calif., 11-0.
California starter Kevin Grahamstifled Taiwan with 78 mph fastballs
in the first and second innings, butFang Sheng connected for a 240-foot
home run in the third that triggeredthe onslaught.
After the Tai Chung LittleLeaguers chased Graham in the
fifth, Lin hit his grand slam off re-liever Jason Barringer for an 11-0
lead, capping an eight-run inning.Taiwan now is 47-3, including 15-2
in championship games, since itsfirst appearance in the Little League
tournament in 1969. A crowd of36,000, most of them on the hills
overlooking Lamade Stadium,watched as Taiwan won its second
title in a row. Last year, Taiwan beatShippensburg, Pa., 9-0.
A California team finished as run-ner-up for the 12th time in 15 title
game appearances, the most second-place finishes by any state.
The Danville, Calif., teammounted its most serious threat in
the third, when Stephen Otus walkedand moved to second on Greg Isom's
single. Pan struck out California'sNos. 2 and 3 hitters to retire the side.
In the fourth, he struck out themiddle of the San Ramon Valley
lineup, giving him five in a row. Hestruck out the side again in the sixth
to end the game.Lin and Fang, Taiwan's first two
hitters, each hit four home runs dur-ing the series.
Taiwan scored its first run in thesecond inning without a hit. Huang
Chun-Wei walked, took third on twopassed balls and scored on a double
steal.Graham overpowered Taiwan's
batters the first time around, strik-ing out two and getting three
groundouts. But as his fastball beganto fade, the Far East champions be-
gan to connect.In his second at-bat, Fang made it
2-0 when he homered on Graham'sfirst pitch. Pan walked and later
scored 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 up
a single and a walk to load the bases,Lin hit the first pitch 36 feet past the
204-foot fence.The Taiwanese have sent teams to
18 tournaments and moved into thetitle game 17 times. Only in 1970,
when it lost to Nicaragua in the firstround, has a Taiwan team failed to
make the final.Jeremy Hendershot and Chad
Pennington 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's
bracket game.Pennington doubled twice for the
game's only extra-base hits and hadtwo RBIs for the Central region
champion.Luis de la Rosa pitched a complete
game for San Cristobal's victory.Jeremy Kurella, the loser, left after
two 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 the
game and Angel Rolon and JoseCamilo also hit homered as San
Juan, Puerto Rico, defeated Foun-tain Valley, Calif., 8-2 in the cham-
pionship game of Pony LeagueWorld Series on Friday night.