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Koshien: Final Day – Konan wins it!

by on Aug.21, 2010 @ 2:51 pm, under Summer Koshien

Finals Game

13:01 - 14:57 (1h 56m) | Attendance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TokaiDai Sagami 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 9 2
Konan 0 0 0 7 1 5 0 0 x 13 19 1

TokaiDai Sagami

Hifumi L, 6 IP, 36 BF, 106 NP, 16 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 13 R, 12 ER.

Egawa 2 IP, 7 BF, 29 NP, 3 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Watanabe: 2-for-4 - single to center, single to left, strikeout swinging, ground out to the pitcher.

Ijuin: 0-for-3 - sac bunt, fly out to left, ground out to second, ground out to short.

Tanaka: 1-for-3 - walk, ground out to first, infield single, ground out to short.

T. Oshiro: 1-for-4 - DP, fly out to center, fly out to left, single to center.

Hifumi: 1-for-3 - single to left (picked off during K. Oshiro's AB), ground out to third, strikeout swinging.

Egawa: 1-for-1 - single to right.

Fukuyama: 0-for-3 - sac bunt, fly out to left, line out to first, strike out swinging.

Someya: 0-for-3 - fly out to center, ground out to first, ground out to first.

Kiyota: 0-for-1 - foul out to third.

K. Oshiro: 2-for-4, R - ground out to second, single to center, single to center (advance to second on fielding error, E8), ground out to first.

Ijichi: 1-for-2, RBI - HBP, fly out to left, RBI single to left.

Miyazaki 0-for-1 - strikeout swinging (pinch-hit for Ijichi in 9th).

Konan

Shimabukuro W, 9 IP, 36 BF, 121 NP, 9 H, 4 SO, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER.

Tairiku Kuniyoshi: 2-for-4, 2 R - ground out to short, HBP, single to center, single to left, line out to second.

Kedashiro: 4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI - single to left, sac bunt, 2-run triple to right-center, single to right, single to center (CS).

Ganeko: 3-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI - walk, ground out to third, RBI infield single, 3-run homer to left, single to left.

Maehira: 1-for-4, RBI - fly out to short, walk, RBI triple to right, fly out to center, strikeout looking (and Kedashiro thrown out trying to steal third).

Mekaru: 1-for-5, 2 R - ground out to short, failed to advance runner on sac bunt, strikeout swinging, double to left, fly out to left.

Yamakawa: 2-for-5, R - ground out to short, single to center, fly out to first, ground out to short, single to left.

Irei: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI - strikeout swinging, RBI single to center, double to center, RBI triple to right-center.

Nakama 0-for-1 - strikeout swinging (and Yamakawa is throw out trying to steal second; pinch-hit for Irei in 8th).

Shimabukuro: 1-for-4, RBI - ground out to first, ground out to second (also attempted squeeze bunt that led to a run scoring on throwing error, E2), ground out to short, RBI single to right.

Oshiro: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI - ground out to first, RBI single to left, RBI infield single (CS during Tairiku Kuniyoshi's AB), ground out to third.

Note: Konan sent 11 batters to the plate the 4th. ... Irei was just a homer away from the cycle. ... Okinawa gets their first ever Koshien Tournament victory.  They are also the 6th high school in tournament history to win both the Spring and Fall tournaments in the same year.  The other 5: Sakushin Gakuin (Tochigi) in 1962; Chukyo Shogyo (now ChukyoDai Chukyo, Aichi) in 1966; Minoshima (Wakayama) in 1979; PL Gakuen (Osaka) in 1987; and Yokohama (Kanagawa) in 1998. ... Konan became the third team in tournament history to score 7 runs in one inning during a Finals game.

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General News and Notes

Seems doors to the stadium opened 1h and 25m earlier than originally posted due to the number of people waiting in line (8:35am instead of 10am). In all, 94 people waited in line over night. And by 8:10am, there were apparently 5,650 people waiting in line. By 9:00am, there was an announcement that the stadium was full.

844,000 fans attended the tournament this year.  That's up from the 812,000 fans that attended the Summer Koshien last year.

2 comments on “Koshien: Final Day – Konan wins it!

  1. Michael Morris

    I always enjoy watching Koshien baseball, as I feel it is baseball at its purest. But I doubt the wisdom of having young pitchers try and throw back to back games, like both pitchers did yesterday. No wonder so many young pitchers end up with arm and shoulder trouble. I know that this goes back to the Japanese custom of bamgare, but I think there should be at least a day off between the semi-finals and the final game. I’m pretty sure Hifumi the pitcher for Tokaidai, just had nothing left in his arm, if he had had a day off to rest, it might have been a much better game.

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    1. Gen Post author

      I’m conflicted about the usage of players in Koshien games. On the one hand, if you think of their careers, they can’t really be doing themselves any good to throwing so much. Then on the other hand, I think the minute you start bringing in things like pitch counts and days of rest, you take away from the energy and the spirit.

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