Rehearsals for the 84th Spring Koshien Opening Ceremony took place at Koshien today.
Ishinomaki Kogyo High School captain Shoto Abe was excused with a fever (gastroenteritis). Takumi Miura acted as his replacement and tried to memorize Abe's opening speech, but was told he did not have to actually perform it. Abe is expected to attend the Opening Ceremonies tomorrow.
The Japan High School Baseball Federation also announced today that all 102 players from the thirty-two participating schools were cleared to play in the tournament (no players had to be removed due to elbow or shoulder problems).