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[9/2/2014] Saibi High School baseball manager passes away

by on Sep.02, 2014 @ 1:58 pm, under High School

Saibi High School baseball manager Masanori Joko died of bile duct cancer earlier today at 9:15am at a hospital in Toon, Ehime. He was sixty-seven.

According to people close to the situation, Joko had to be hospitalized when his condition worsened in mid-August. He appeared to be okay in July during the Ehime Tournament. He also made headlines last year as Tomohiro Anraku's manager.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014

[8/29/2014] Rubber baseball semifinals game ends after fifty innings (UPDATED 8/31 @ 5:02pm)

by on Aug.30, 2014 @ 12:32 am, under High School
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The 59th National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament is currently taking place in Hyogo.  The semifinals game between Chukyo High School and Sotoku High School began at 9:59am on Thursday at Akashi Tocalo Baseball Stadium.  The game had to be suspended because it was 0-0 after fifteen innings.

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[8/27/2014] 2014 National Athletic Tournament (Rubber Baseball)

by on Aug.28, 2014 @ 2:51 am, under High School
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The 2014 National Athletic Tournament (Kokutai) will take place in Nagasaki this year, from October 12 to October 22. The high school rubber baseball competition will begin on the 13th and end on the 16th.  The following are the ten schools that will be competing at the tournament this year.

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Participating Schools

School JPN School ENG
北海道尚志学園(北海道) Hokkaido Shoshi Gakuen
能代(秋田) Noshiro
三浦学苑(神奈川) Miura Gakuen
中京(岐阜) Chukyo
南部(和歌山) Minabe
神港学園(兵庫) Shinko Gakuen
崇徳(広島) Sotoku
福岡大大濠(福岡) FukuokaDai Ohori
文徳(熊本) Buntoku
奈留(長崎) Naru

Alternates

上田西(長野) Ueda Nishi (Nagano)

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2014

[8/26/2014] 96th Summer Koshien: Notes, Sponichi Best Nines, Twitter Stats

by on Aug.26, 2014 @ 4:24 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien
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Summer Koshien Notes

  • Total attendance for the tournament was 853,000, down from 854,000 last year.  This was the seventh straight tournament where attendance topped 800,000.
  • Thirty-six home runs were hit during the tournament, down from thirty-seven last year.
  • The first two days were rained out, a first in tournament history.
  • Tsuruga Kehi's Sho Oyana hit a grand slam in the semifinals against Osaka Toin.  He became the forty-first player in tournament history to hit a grand slam.
  • Nihon Bunri's Makoto Arai recorded a walk-off home run against Toyama Shogyo.  He became the eighteenth player in tournament history to hit a walk-off home run.
  • KenDai Takasaki's Atsuki Hirayama stole eight bases during the tournament.  That tied the tournament record set in 1921.
  • Four games went into extra innings.

Source: Sponichi 8/26/2014

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Sponichi compiled a list of Best Nines, as chosen by its writers and professional scouts.

Sponichi Writers

Pos Name JPN Name ENG School
P 西嶋 亮太 Nishijima, Ryota Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Daiyon
C 今村 大輝 Imamura, Daiki Nishogakusha Daigaku Fuzoku
1B 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen
2B 新井  充 Arai, Makoto Nihon Bunri
3B 香月 一也 Katsuki, Kazuya Osaka Toin
SS 植田  海 Ueda, Kai Omi
OF 平山 敦規 Hirayama, Atsuki Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
OF 御簗  翔 Oyana, Sho Tsuruga Kehi
OF 八百板卓丸 Yaoita, Takumaru Seiko Gakuin

Professional Scouts

Pos Name JPN Name ENG School
P 松本 裕樹 Matsumoto, Yuki Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku
C 清水 優心 Shimizu, Yushi Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzuoku
1B 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen
2B 峯本  匠 Minemoto, Takumi Osaka Toin
3B 香月 一也 Katsuki, Kazuya Osaka Toin
SS 古沢 勝吾 Furusawa, Shogo Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzuoku
OF 秦 匠太朗 Hata, Shotaro Nishogakusha Daigaku Fuzoku
OF 脇本 直人 Wakimoto, Naoto Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
OF 長野 勇斗 Nagano, Hayato Mie

Source: Sponichi 8/26/2014

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Twitter announced that 4.85 million tweets were posted with #高校野球 (kokoyakyu, or high school baseball).

Top five match-ups, based on the number of tweets made during the game:

  • August 25 - Mie vs Osaka Toin
  • August 24 - Tsuruga Kehi vs Osaka Toin
  • August 12 - Fujishiro vs Osaka Toin
  • August 13 - Koryo vs Mie
  • August 24 - Nihon Bunri vs Mie

Source: Twitter Japan 8/26/2014

[8/25/2014] Rito Koshien, National Part-time/Correspondence High School Rubber Baseball Tournament

by on Aug.26, 2014 @ 12:06 am, under High School, Other
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The 2014 Rito Koshien took place at four stadiums in Sado, Niigata between August 18 and 22.  Twenty-three teams with junior high school aged players from across Japan participated in this year's tournament.  Tanegashima Junior High beat the Tsushima Yamaneko Boys 3-1 in the Finals game on August 21.  Additional information can be found at the tournament website.  Nikkan Sports also provided some coverage.

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Tenri took the 61st National Part-time/Correspondence High School Rubber Baseball Tournament by blanking Aichi Kogyo 2-0 in the finals game on August 22.  More information can be found at the official tournament site.

[8/25/2014] Samurai Japan: 18U Asia Championship, National Team Roster

by on Aug.25, 2014 @ 9:29 pm, under High School, International, Samurai Japan
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Samurai Japan unveiled the official 18U National Team roster today.  They also posted portions of the BFA 18U Asia Championship schedule.  The tournament will take place in Bangkok, Thailand between September 1 and 6.

Group 1

  • Japan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, China

Group 2

  • Korea, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Pakistan

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[8/25/2015] Yakyubaka Summer Koshien Merchandise Mini Giveaway

by on Aug.25, 2014 @ 5:46 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien
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For those looking for Summer Koshien final results - 96th Summer Koshien: Tournament Schedule – Osaka Toin 2014 Champions

I happened to be in the Osaka area over the weekend and got a chance to drop by Koshien Stadium on Sunday.  I didn't purchase tickets so I couldn't watch any of the games, but I did check out one of the stadium stores and picked up a few Summer Koshien related merchandise.

As a way to say thanks for all the support you've provided over the years, I'd like to give these items away to three lucky Yakyubaka readers.

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