...A high school baseball player has died after he was struck in the neck by a baseball during practice.
17-year-old Takuma Takehara (竹原拓槙) was fielding grounders during batting practice on March 28th when he was struck in the side of the neck by a batted ball. Takehara lost consciousness after being struck by the ball and was hospitalized. According to a rep from the hospital, Takehara passed away at 8:40pm due to brain complications suffered from the accident.
...The Japan High School Baseball Federation met for a council meeting on the 16th and decided:
Tenri High School will be allowed to participate in the Fall Tournament despite one of their players getting arrested on charges of indecent assault.
The Manager and the Club Head, however, did not get off so easily. Yoshio Morikawa (manager) and Kunio Morita (club head) were given indefinite suspensions, back dated to 9/14.
Also from the meeting:
Sakata Minami will likely not receive a suspension from games with other school after 3-7 members of their team were found to be drinking.
11 other schools will receive various suspensions for things like violent behavior within the team.
...Hanamaki Higashi High School was honored by the town of Hanamaki in Iwate Prefecture for their performance at the Summer Koshien this year.
...Hiroshi Sasaki has said that he will not talk to Yusei Kikuchi about what his plans are until after the National Tournament.
"I will not talk to Kikuchi about what's to come until after the National Tournament," said Sasaki. "A ban? Yes."
...Former Koriyama High School manager Tatsuyuki Morimoto was honored on 9/12 by the high school for his 47 years of service.
...Pitcher Toshiya Okada (岡田俊哉), out of Chiben Wakayama High School, submitted his letter of intent on the 16th.