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[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 – UPDATE 9/5 @ 12:41am

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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[8/22/2014] 2014 National Athletic Tournament

by on Aug.23, 2014 @ 3:03 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 baseball competition will begin on the 13th and end on the 16th.  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
東海大四(北海道) Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Daiyon
八戸学院光星(青森) Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei
聖光学院(福島) Seiko Gakuin
高崎健康福祉大高崎(群馬) Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
日本文理(新潟) Nihon Bunri
敦賀気比(福井) Tsuruga Kehi
三重 Mie
大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin
八頭(鳥取) Yazu
明徳義塾(高知) Meitoku Gijuku
沖縄尚学 Okinawa Shogaku
海星(長崎・開催地) Kaisei

Alternates

  • 近江(滋賀) - Omi
  • 二松学舎大付(東京) - Nishogakusha Daigaku Fuzoku

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014

[8/22/2014] 96th Summer Koshien: Day Twelve

by on Aug.22, 2014 @ 2:24 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien
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Day Start Gm First Base Score Third Base
08/22
(Fri)
08:00 Gm 1 三重
Mie
9-3 沖縄尚学
Okinawa Shogaku
10:30 Gm 2 敦賀気比
Tsuruga Kehi
7-2 八戸学院光星
Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei
13:00 Gm 3 高崎健康福祉大高崎
Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
2-5 大阪桐蔭
Osaka Toin
15:30 Gm 4 聖光学院
Seiko Gakuin
1-5 日本文理
Nihon Bunri

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