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[8/26/2015] Sakushin Gakuin wins ninth National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament

by on Aug.27, 2015 @ 3:56 am, under High School
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Sakushin Gakuin's Seiya Fukuda tossed four consecutive shutouts to help his team win its ninth championship, first in six years.

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Date Gm Time Away Team Score Home Team Venue
8/22
(Mon)
-- 09:00 Opening Ceremony Akashi Tocalo
1 10:20 Higashiyama
Kinki
0-3 Hokkaido Shoshi Gakuen
Hokkaido
Akashi Tocalo
2 12:50 Sendai Shogyo
Minami Tohoku
5-1 Shinko Gakuen
Hyogo
Akashi Tocalo
3 12:00 Kurashiki Kogyo
Higashi Chugoku
0-6 Sakushin Gakuin
Kita Kanto
Takasago
4 14:30 Naniwa
Osaka
6-3 Shutoku
Tokyo
Takasago
8/23
(Tue)
5 09:30 Kagoshima Jitsugyo
Nanbu Kyushu
0-2 Ueda Nishi
Hokushinetsu
Akashi Tocalo
6 12:00 Chukyo
Tokai
0-3 Nitta
Shikoku
Akashi Tocalo
7 10:00 Tsukumi
Hokubu Kyushu
1-2 Noshiro
Kita Tohoku
Takasago
8 12:30 Shochi Fukaya
Minami Kanto
2-3 Sotoku
Nishi Chugoku
Takasago
8/24
(Wed)
9 09:30 Naniwa
Osaka
0-2 Sakushin Gakuin
Kita Kanto
Akashi Tocalo
10 12:00 Noshiro
Kita Tohoku
2-0 Sotoku
Nishi Chugoku
Akashi Tocalo
11 10:00 Sendai Shogyo
Minami Tohoku
1-2 Hokkaido Shoshi Gakuen
Hokkaido
Takasago
12 12:30 Ueda Nishi
Hokushinetsu
4-0 Nitta
Shikoku
Takasago
8/25
(Thu)
13 9:30 Hokkaido Shoshi Gakuen
Hokkaido
0-1 Sakushin Gakuin
Kita Kanto
Akashi Tocalo
14 9:30 Noshiro
Kita Tohoku
3-1 Ueda Nishi
Hokushinetsu
Takasago
8/26
(Sun)
15 9:30 Noshiro
Kita Tohoku
0-2 Sakushin Gakuin
Kita Kanto
Akashi Tocalo
    Closing Ceremony Akashi Tocalo

[8/25/2015] 2015 National Athletic Tournament, Rubber Baseball: Participating Schools

by on Aug.26, 2015 @ 3:20 am, under High School
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The 2015 National Athletic Tournament (Kokutai) will take place in Wakayama this year, from September 26 to October 6. The high school rubber baseball competition will begin on September 27 and end on September 30. The games will be played at Kurushio Stadium and Sun Nantan Land Baseball Field. 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 Hokkaido
能代 秋田 Noshiro Akita
仙台商 宮城 Sendai Shogyo Miyagi
作新学院 栃木 Sakushin Gakuin Tochigi
上田西 長野 Ueda Nishi Nagano
浪速 大阪 Naniwa Osaka
崇徳 広島 Sotoku Hiroshima
新田 愛媛 Nitta Ehime
津久見 大分 Tsukumi Oita
南部 和歌山 Minabe Pref. Rep.

Alternates

  • 鹿児島実(岩手) - Kogashima Jitsugyo (Kogashima)
  • 正智深谷(埼玉) - Shochi Fukaya (Saitama)

Source: Sanspo 8/25/2015

[8/24/2015] Tenri wins 62nd All-Japan Teijisei Tsushinsei High School Rubber Baseball Tournament

by on Aug.24, 2015 @ 11:19 pm, under High School
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The 62nd All-Japan Teijisei Tsushinsei (Part-Time/Correspondence) High School Rubber Baseball Tournament took place in Tokyo between August 15 and 19. Twenty-five schools from all across Japan competed in the tournament. Games took place at five different venues in Tokyo, including Jingu Stadium and Ota Stadium.

The quarterfinals and semifinals were supposed to take place at Jingu Stadium and Ota Stadium on August 17, but the games were canceled because of rain. The new schedule set all four quarterfinals games at Jingu on August 18 and the semifinals and finals games at Ota Stadium on August 19.

Tenri blanked Shiyujuku 7-0 in the Finals game on August 19 for their ninth straight tournament victory (twelfth overall).

Road to the Championship

  • August 19 vs Hachioji Takushin (9:02): 3-2 (thirteen innings)
  • August 18 vs Osaka Momodani (7:58): 2-0
  • August 16 vs Clark Memorial International, Sapporo (8:59): 8-1

More information can be found at the official tournament website.

[8/21/2015] 97th Summer Koshien: Sponichi Best Nine

by on Aug.21, 2015 @ 1:15 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien
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Sponichi put together two Best Nine lists based on opinions from professional scouts and their own writers.

Best Nine - Pro Scouts

Pos Name Yr High School
投 手
P
小笠原慎之介
Ogasawara, Shinnosuke
3 東海大相模
TokaiDai Sagami
捕 手
C
加藤 雅樹
Kato, Masaki
3 早実
Waseda Jitsugyo
一塁手
1B
清宮幸太郎
Kiyomiya, Kotaro
1 早実
Waseda Jitsugyo
二塁手
2B
千野啓二郎
Chino, Keijiro
3 東海大相模
TokaiDai Sagami
三塁手
3B
山本武白志
Yamamoto, Musashi
3 九州国際大付
Kyushu KokusaiDaiFuzoku
遊撃手
SS
平沢 大河
Hirasawa, Taiga
3 仙台育英
Sendai Ikuei
外野手
OF
オコエ瑠偉
Okoye, Rui
3 関東第一
Kanto Daiichi
外野手
OF
船曳  海
Funabiki, Wataru
3 天理
Tenri
外野手
OF
紀伊 海秀
Kii, Kaishu
3 仙台育英
Sendai Ikuei

Best Nine - Sponichi Writers

Pos Name Yr High School
投 手
P
佐藤 世那
Sato, Sena
3 仙台育英
Sendai Ikuei
捕 手
C
郡司 裕也
Gunji, Yuya
3 仙台育英
Sendai Ikuei
一塁手
1B
磯網 栄登
Isoami, Eito
3 東海大相模
TokaiDai Sagami
二塁手
2B
富田 直希
Tomita, Naoki
3 早実
Waseda Jitsugyo
三塁手
3B
篠原  涼
Shinohara, Ryo
3 敦賀気比
Tsuruga Kehi
遊撃手
SS
杉崎 成輝
Sugizaki, Naruki
3 東海大相模
TokaiDai Sagami
外野手
OF
姫野 優也
Himeno, Yuya
3 大阪偕星学園
Osaka Kaisei Gakuen
外野手
OF
長嶋 亮磨
Nagashima, Ryoma
3 関東第一
Kanto Daiichi
外野手
OF
宮本 隆寛
Miyamoto, Takahiro
2 高崎健康福祉大高崎
Takasaki Kenko FukushiDai Takasaki

Source: Sponichi 8/21/2015

[8/20/2015] 97th Summer Koshien: Okoye’s post-game interview

by on Aug.20, 2015 @ 11:26 am, under High School, Summer Koshien
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Rui Okoye's August 19 post-game interview, from Daily Sports:

[What are your thoughts now that] the game is over?

It's a frustrating end, but we played top class high school. We can only face great pitchers like this by making it to the Koshien. I have no regrets.

You recorded your first hit in your fourth at bat.

We were already behind by quite a bit, but I wanted to create a scoring opportunity. I felt I may not have the skill, but I do have the desire.

After everyone lined up after the game, what did you say to TokaiDaiSagami's Ogasawara?

I told him to win one for us as well.

Can you tell us about your at bat against Ogasawara [in the 8th]?

I was happy he came at me with his fastball.

Did you hear the cheering during your fourth at bat in the 8th?

I heard them. The fans gave me power.

What was the Koshien like for you?

I grew in a lot of areas, like mentally. This will be a place I'll never forget. I got the crowd excited by making good plays. It's a great place.

What now?

I want to play professionally. I want to become a player that excels in everything. I want to brush up my skills and I want to be the kind of player that leads a team with his running, hitting, and fielding. I want to become like no other player in Japan, it will be different. I batted third in the fall and I don't have to bat lead-off. I want to find the best style.

Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2015

[8/19/2015] 2015 National Athletic Tournament: Participating Schools

by on Aug.20, 2015 @ 8:08 am, under High School
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The 2015 National Athletic Tournament (Kokutai) will take place in Wakayama this year, from September 26 to October 6. The high school baseball competition will begin on September 27 and end on September 30. The games will be played at Wakayama Kimiidera Baseball Stadium. The following are the twelve schools that will be competing at the tournament this year.

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Participating Schools

School JPN School ENG
秋田商 秋田 Akita Shogyo Akita
仙台育英 宮城 Sendai Ikuei Miyagi
花咲徳栄 埼玉 Hanasaki Tokuharu Saitama
東海大相模 神奈川 Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Sagami Kanagawa
早実 東京 Waseda Jitsugyo Tokyo
敦賀気比 福井 Tsuruga Kehi Fukui
中京大中京 愛知 Chukyo Daigaku Fuzoku Chukyo Aichi
鳥羽 京都 Toba Kyoto
広島新庄 広島 Hiroshima Shinjo Hiroshima
九州国際大付 福岡 Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzuoku Fukuoka
興南 沖縄 Konan Okinawa
智弁和歌山 開催地 Chiben Wakayama Pref. Rep.

Alternates

  • 花巻東(岩手) - Hanamaki Higashi (Iwate)
  • 遊学館(石川) - Yugakkan (Ishikawa)

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2015

[8/19/2015] 97th Summer Koshien: Kiyomiya’s post-game interview

by on Aug.19, 2015 @ 11:36 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien
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Kotaro Kiyomiya post-game interview, from Daily Sports:

How do you feel right now?

I'm frustrated that I will no longer be able to play baseball with [the third year players]. I'm really... I'm frustrated that I couldn't help the team. We had a decent number of hits, but double plays at key points gave them the momentum.

What was it like facing Sendai Ikuei's Sena Sato?

He's a really good pitcher. He did a good job using his fork and fastball, but it wasn't like he was unhittable. You can't win a championship without going against pitchers like him.

It was the last game for the third year players.

Yeah, they allowed someone like me, a first year, to go out there any enjoy myself. I wouldn't be here without the third year players. I'm so frustrated. Sato-san told me to come back.

Is the frustration you're feeling now something you've never felt before?

I have never gotten this far and lost before. It's very frustrating.

What about your tears?

A lot of people cheered for us and this is the last Koshien game [for us] this year. It means we have to leave. When I thought about how we can't play at this stadium any more this year, it felt like the stadium was saying goodbye and I felt grateful.

Have you every cried before?

No. I have never cried, win or lose.

What did it feel like, to hear your opponent's school song?

It was very frustrating. I don't ever want to forget what I felt when I heard [the other] school's song.

What are your thoughts on the third-year players?

I didn't have to carry the load by myself, the third-year players provided support. This tournament helped me understand kindness. I can't even begin to express how much gratitude I have for their presence. If I could do this all over again, I'd want to play with the third-year players.

What about the Koshien dirt?

I don't need any because I'll be back.

Did you have fun during your first Koshien?

Yes, I had a lot of fun.

On looking back at the tournament.

This wasn't just about me. The third-year players also helped bring us here. I don't want to forget this Koshien, I don't want to forget this frustration. I'll be happy if I can come back here and win one for the third-year players. The third-year players really supported us and this tournament helped me see that. It was a lot of fun.

How would you like to return?

This can't be it. I'll practice hard, improve myself, and come back. I want to become the kind of hitter that can put up better numbers.

What does baseball mean to you?

It is everything to me. I wouldn't be here if there was no baseball.

How did this tournament help you grow?

It helped me relax. I know now that results will naturally come if I just enjoy high school baseball.

What about the next team?

That's not something I can really think about right now.

Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2015