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Tohto University Baseball League to play tournament against Australia

by on Dec.19, 2011 @ 3:24 pm, under College

The media learned on Sunday that the Tohto University Baseball League is planning to play a 22 and under tournament against a team from Australia.  A date has not yet been decided, but the tournament is expected to take place next year or some time thereafter.  A name has already been selected: The Kangaroo Cup.

The Tohto team will be made up of players from universities in the first division.  Australia has not decided on their team format yet, but it seems there is a chance they may select both university and professional players.

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The Tohto University Baseball League held an 80th Anniversary Celebration at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo on Sunday.  Around 1,800 people attended the event, including 12 former players currently active in the NPB, like Hiroki Kokubo (Aoyama Gakuin), Tadahito Iguchi (Aoyama Gakuin), Masanori Ishikawa (Aoyama Gakuin), Kentaro Kyuko (Aoyama Gakuin), Fumiya Nishiguchi (Rissho), Masaki Mnami (Rissho), Hiroshi Kisanuki (Asia), Takahiro Fujioka (Toyo).