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[9/17/2013] Plans to include day off in 86th Spring Koshien schedule

by on Sep.17, 2013 @ 3:08 pm, under High School, Spring Koshien

The Spring Koshien steering committee met in Osaka today to discuss plans to include a day off in the 86th tournament schedule.

The Summer Koshien schedule included a day off this year for the first time in tournament history.  This kept teams from playing more than two games on consecutive days.  The day off worked out well for the summer tournament and there are now plans to include a day off for the spring tournament as well.

This spring, Saibi pitcher Tomohiro Anraku started three games in three days beginning in the quarterfinals -- he tossed two complete games and then ran out of steam in the finals.  He ended up throwing a total 772 pitches over five tournament games.

If all four quarterfinal games were shifted to one day, the spring tournament would still run the same number of days.  With the cooler temperatures during the spring, the extra day off would allow pitchers to rest and avoid possible injury.

Source: Sponichi 9/17/2013

UPDATE @ 8:44pm -

Ticket prices will go up for the 86th spring tournament:

  • behind home plate, special reserved - from 1,600 yen to 2,000 yen
  • first/third base side, special reserved - from 1,200 yen to 1,500 yen
  • Alps seats - from 500 yen to 600 yen

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2013

Thirty-two schools (twenty-eight regular, three twenty-first century, one Jingu tournament champion) will participate in the 86th Spring Koshien Tournament.  The tournament will begin on March 21 and end on April 1.  Additionally, a day off has been scheduled after the quarterfinals, with four quarterfinal games set to take place one day, instead of the usual two.

Schools will be selected on January 24.  Brackets will be drawn on March 14.

Source: Sponichi 9/17/2013