Riley DeMarco and Yokota enter next week's Far East Division II Tournament as the favorite to win their fourth title in five years, on the heels of their fourth straight DODEA-Japan tournament title. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Riley DeMarco and Yokota enter next week's Far East Division II Tournament as the favorite to win their fourth title in five years, on the heels of their fourth straight DODEA-Japan tournament title. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

ASIJ, Yokota are clear teams to beat on the diamond

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

Discuss the matter with a handful of coaches and players, and one might think that next week’s Far East baseball tournaments are merely a chase for second place, as dominant as American School In Japan and Yokota have been over recent years.

The Mustangs (15-1) enter the Far East Division I tournament as five-time defending champions and prohibitive favorites to make it six straight.

“They have a presence about them,” said Kubasaki coach Randy Toor, which lost 9-3 in last year’s final to the Mustangs and lost twice to ASIJ in an early season tournament. “They expect to win when they go out there.”

Meanwhile, the Panthers are 12-6 this season. But they are unbeaten against all Division II foes in Japan, have only lost to Division I teams and look to be a solid favorites to make it four D-II titles in five years.

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