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[3/23/2015] 87th Spring Koshien: Day 3

by on Mar.23, 2015 @ 4:39 pm, under High School, Spring Koshien
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Day 3

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nara Daigaku Fuzoku 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tsuruga Kehi 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 X 3 9 2

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sendai Ikuei 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 12 18 0
Kamimura Gakuen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 7

Game 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Urawa Gakuin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 10 1
Ryukoku Daigaku Fuzoku Heian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

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[3/22/2015] 87th Spring Koshien: Day 2

by on Mar.22, 2015 @ 2:56 pm, under High School, Spring Koshien
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Day 2

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Imabari Nishi 2 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 4 11 11 2
Toin 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 7 8 6

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Shizuoka 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 10 1
Ritsumeikan Uji 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0

Game 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Okayama Rika Daigaku Fuzoku 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 7 0
Kisarazu Sogo 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 X 8 10 0

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[3/21/2015] 87th Spring Koshien: Day 1

by on Mar.21, 2015 @ 2:46 pm, under High School, Spring Koshien
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Day 1

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 9 11 1
Kyushu Gakuin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 2

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Osaka Toin 2 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 8 10 0
Tokai Daigaku Sugao 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

Game 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Joso Gakuin 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 6 2 14 16 1
Yonago Kita 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 4

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[3/20/2015] 87th Spring Koshien: Short list of players to watch

by on Mar.21, 2015 @ 4:02 am, under High School, Spring Koshien
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The 87th Spring Koshien is set to begin on Saturday with three games:

  • Kyushu Gakuin vs Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei
  • Osaka Toin vs Tokai Daigaku Sugao
  • Joso Gakuin vs Yonago Kita

Below is a short list of players that might be interesting to keep an eye on. The list is not definitive, but should be a good place to start. If there are any players you are following, feel free to post them in the comments section down below.

You can also view the complete tournament schedule here.

School Player Name
豊橋工
Toyohashi Kogyo
森 奎真
Mori, Keima
仙台育英
Sendai Ikuei
平沢 大河
Hirasawa, Taiga
仙台育英
Sendai Ikuei
佐藤 世那
Sato, Sena
浦和学院
Urawa Gakuin
江口 奨理
Eguchi, Shori
浦和学院
Urawa Gakuin
津田 翔希
Tsuda, Shoki
木更津総合
Kisarazu Sogo
桧村 篤史
Himura, Atsushi
常総学院
Joso Gakuin
宇草 孔基
Ugusa, Koki
常総学院
Joso Gakuin
和田 慎吾
Wada, Shingo
健康福祉大高崎
Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
柘植 世那
Tsuge, Sena
東海大菅生
Tokai Daigaku Sugao
勝俣 翔貴
Katsumata, Shoki
敦賀気比
Tsuruga Kehi
平沼 翔太
Hiranuma, Shota
静岡
Shizuoka
堀内 謙伍
Horiuchi, Kengo
静岡
Shizuoka
安本 竜二
Yasumoto, Ryuji
県岐阜商
Kenritsu Gifu Shogyo
高橋 純平
Takahashi, Junpei
天理
Tenri
船曳 海
Funabiki, Wataru
天理
Tenri
坂口 漠弥
Sakaguchi, Hiroya
龍谷大平安
Ryukoku Daigaku Fuzoku Heian
高橋 奎二
Takahashi, Keiji
奈良大付
Nara Daigaku Fuzoku
坂口 大誠
Sakaguchi, Taisei
大阪桐蔭
Osaka Toin
青柳 昂樹
Aoyanagi, Koki
大阪桐蔭
Osaka Toin
福田 光輝
Fukuda, Koki
近江
Omi
小川 良憲
Ogawa, Ryoken
英明
Eimei
田中 寛大
Tanaka, Kanta
九州学院
Kyushu Gakuin
伊勢 大夢
Ise, Hiromu
糸満
Itoman
大城 龍生
Oshiro, Ryuki
神村学園
Kamimura Gakuen
山本 卓弥
Yamamoto, Takuya

[3/13/2015] 87th Spring Koshien: Tournament Schedule

by on Mar.13, 2015 @ 6:58 pm, under High School, Spring Koshien
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03/21 Sat - 9:00 Opening Ceremony
First Round
Date Game Time First Base Score Third Base
03/21 Sat 1-1 10:30 Kyushu Gakuin
Kumamoto
2-9 Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei
Aomori
1-2 13:00 Osaka Toin
Osaka
8-0 Tokai Daigaku Sugao
Tokyo
1-3 15:30 Joso Gakuin
Ibaraki
14-1 Yonago Kita
Tottori
03/22 Sun 2-1 09:00 Imabari Nishi
Ehime
11-7 Toin
Wakayama
2-2 11:30 Ritsumeikan Uji
Kyoto
1-7 Shizuoka
Shizuoka
2-3 14:00 Kisarazu Sogo
Chiba
8-3 Okayama Rika Daigaku Fuzoku
Okayama
03/23 Mon 3-1 09:00 Nara Daigaku Fuzoku
Nara
0-3 Tsuruga Kehi
Fukui
3-2 11:30 Sendai Ikuei
Miyagi
12-0 Kamimura Gakuen
Kagoshima
3-3 14:00 Urawa Gakuin
Saitama
2-0 Ryukoku Daigaku Fuzoku Heian
Kyoto
03/24 Tue 4-1 09:00 Eimei
Kagawa
1-4 Omagari Kogyo
Akita
4-2 11:30 Kenritsu Gifu Shogyo
Gifu
4-1 Matsusho Gakuen
Nagano
4-3 14:00 Omi
Shiga
2-0 Kyushu Sangyo Daigaku Fuzoku Kyushu
Fukuoka
03/25 Wed 5-1 09:00 Itoman
Okinawa
2-7 Tenri
Nara
5-2 11:30 Ube Kojo
Yamaguchi
1-9 Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
Gunma
5-3 14:00 Nishogakusha Daigaku Fuzoku
Tokyo
4-5 Matsuyama Higashi
Ehime
03/26 Thu 6-1 09:00 Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Daiyon
Hokkaido
3-0 Toyohashi Kogyo
Aichi
Second Round
Date Game Time First Base Score Third Base
03/26 Thu 6-2 11:30 Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei
Aomori
1-4 Osaka Toin
Osaka
6-3 14:00 Joso Gakuin
Ibaraki
8-1 Imabari Nishi
Ehime
03/27 Fri 7-1 09:00 Shizuoka
Shizuoka
4-2 Kisarazu Sogo
Chiba
7-2 11:30 Tsuruga Kehi
Fukui
2-1 Sendai Ikuei
Miyagi
7-3 14:00 Urawa Gakuin
Saitama
5-1 Omagari Kogyo
Akita
03/28 Sat 8-1 09:00 Kenritsu Gifu Shogyo
Gifu
3-0 Omi
Shiga
8-2 11:30 Tenri
Nara
1-3 Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
Gunma
8-3 14:00 Matsuyama Higashi
Ehime
2-3 Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Daiyon
Hokkaido
Quarterfinals
Date Game Time First Base Score Third Base
03/29 Sun 9-1 08:30 Osaka Toin
Osaka
5-3 Joso Gakuin
Ibaraki
9-2 11:00 Shizuoka
Shizuoka
3-4 Tsuruga Kehi
Fukui
9-3 13:30 Urawa Gakuin
Saitama
5-0 Kenritsu Gifu Shogyo
Gifu
9-4 16:00 Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
Gunma
0-1 Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Daiyon
Hokkaido
Semifinals
Date Game Time First Base Score Third Base
03/31 Tue 10-1 11:00 Osaka Toin
Osaka
0-11 Tsuruga Kehi
Fukui
10-2 13:30 Urawa Gakuin
Saitama
1-3 Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Daiyon
Hokkaido
Finals
Date Game Time First Base Score Third Base
04/01 Wed 12:30 Tsuruga Kehi
Fukui
- Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Daiyon
Hokkaido
04/01 Wed -   Closing Ceremony

[3/9/2015] More backlogged news and notes

by on Mar.10, 2015 @ 5:51 am, under High School, International, Samurai Japan

Sorry for the sudden backlog in news updates... Better late than never.

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The NPB, Baseball Federation of Japan, and the Japan Softball Association created a promotional video for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The video will be aired during the Spring Koshien and during NPB games. Sadaharu Oh, Shigeo Nagashima, Hideki Matsui are among some of the people in the video. There are three versions of the video at vary lengths (fifteen, thirty, and sixty seconds).

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015, Sponichi 3/5/2015

Other Olympics and baseball notes:

  • If baseball makes it back to the Olympics, the top Samurai Japan team could be selected to compete. Source: Sponichi 12/9/2014 ... Senichi Hoshino feels if professional players have the WBC, amateur players should have the Olypmics. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014
  • Preliminary round games could be played at rural stadiums in Niigata and Shizuoka with the finals game at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 12/9/2014 ... Multiple venues would keep the schedule to five or six day until the finals round. Softball could share venues with baseball. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014 ... Eight teams could compete. Two venues would be used -- Tokyo Dome and Jingu Stadium. Stadium advertisements could become a problem. Rural stadiums are also an option. In addition to Niigata and Shizuoka, a stadium in the Tohoku region could help revitalize the region. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014
  • Japan Amateur Baseball Association vice president Yoshinobu Suzuki feels it might be good to implement seven-inning rules to some of their tournaments as way to prepare for the possibility of baseball returning to the 2020 Olympics under new rules. Source: Sanspo 12/11/2014Nikkan Sports 12/11/2014Sponichi 12/11/2014

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Samurai Japan is planning to schedule a practice game at Jingu Stadium between the university and top teams on June 29 as a way for the university team to prepare for the 2015 Universiade. The top team will most likely be made up of younger players since the NPB will be in the middle of a season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2015

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The Tokyo High School Baseball Federation decided to implement tie-breaker rules beginning in the 10th inning during this year's Spring Tokyo Tournament. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015

The Osaka High School Baseball Federation will be adding the tie-breaker rules beginning in the 13th inning during this year's Spring Kinki Tournament Osaka Qualifier. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015

[3/9/2015] JABA, JUBF special rules to speed up games

by on Mar.10, 2015 @ 4:58 am, under College, High School, Industrial, NPB

Japan Amateur Baseball Association and the All Japan University Baseball Federation introduced special rules on February 3 to help speed up Industrial League and University League baseball games this year.

  1. Pitchers will be allowed to throw up to five practice pitches.
  2. The pitcher will have up to twelve seconds with no runners and up to twenty seconds with runners to throw the ball after the catcher or other infielder gets the ball from the umpire. If there is no runner on base, the batter will be given a ball. If there are runners, the batter will be given a ball after three failed attempts. The twenty second clock will reset on pick-off throws.
  3. Managers and coaches will have to follow rule 8.06 when visiting pitchers on the mound.
  4. Managers and coaches will be allowed to make three mound visits during one nine inning game. A visit will not be counted as a mound visit when pitchers are changed. Pitchers will automatically be removed from games after three mound visits. Rule 8.06 will be used during extra innings.
  5. If a pitching change is made in the middle of the inning and the manager or coach stays while the new pitcher begins warm-ups, the stay will be counted as one mound visit. The same will apply when pitchers are changed before the start of an inning. Visits will be counted as mound visits during pitching changes if the manager or coach stays when the new pitcher begins warm-ups.
  6. The manager or coach will have to announce a pitching change to the umpire before their fourth mound visit or second mound visit in one inning.
  7. During double-switches, the manager must announce batting order changes to the umpire before they cross the foul line. Double-switches will not be allowed once the manager or coach crosses the foul line.
  8. Mound visits by managers or coaches will be limited to forty-five seconds.
  9. Infielders, including catchers, will be allowed to one mound visit per inning. One infielder will be allowed to visit the mound when the manager or coach visits the mound. This will count as one mound visit by an infielder. The catcher will be allowed to visit the mound after a new pitcher finished throwing warm-ups. This will not be counted as a mound visit by an infielder.
  10. Managers will be allowed to call time and speak to batters, base runners, or coaches up to three times during the game. Managers will be allowed to call time to speak to batters, base runners, or coaches up to one time for every three innings in extra innings. Managers will be allowed to talk to batters, base runners, or coaches during other moments when time is called (for example: opponent manager or coach is visiting the mound, injury on the field, player substitutions) without any penalty, provided they do not delay the game.

Source: official announcement

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The NPB announced a number of rule updates on January 27. Among them:

  • Rule 6.10b - Pitchers can replace designated hitters as a hitter or runner, but that will terminate the designated hitter role for the remainder of the game. A pitcher in the game can become a hitter or runner for the designated hitter.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 1/8/2015

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Umpire licenses will be introduced at the amateur baseball level. There will be four classes: S, 1, 2, 3. Class 1 licenses will be required for high school Koshien Tournaments and various other national tournaments.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015

[3/6/2015] Spring Koshien: Ceremony Notes

by on Mar.07, 2015 @ 3:13 am, under High School, Spring Koshien
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Opening Ceremony: Noriko Honda (Kumamoto Daichi), Saki Tanaka (Saga Seiwa)

National Anthem: Kanon Adachi (Teikyo University)

Closing Ceremony: Haruka Funatogawa (Utsunomiya Chuo Joshi)

Mirai Shibata, youth softball player from Kobe, and Isaki Yamanishi, youth baseball player from Osaka, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on the second day of the tournament as part of baseball and softball's push to make the 2020 Olympics.

Source: Asahi Digital 3/5/2015, Sponichi 3/6/2015