ASIJ, Yokota are clear teams to beat on the diamond
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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