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[11/5/2014] 97th Summer Koshien to start on August 6

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 3:35 am, under High School, Summer Koshien
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The Summer Koshien Steering Committee met in Osaka on Wednesday and decided that the 97th Summer Koshien tournament will take place over a fifteen day period beginning on August 6. The tournament will begin earlier than usual out of consideration for the 18U Baseball World Cup, which is scheduled to start on August 28.

Forty-nine high schools will compete in the tournament. Bracket selections will begin at 4:00pm on August 3 at the Festival Hall in Osaka.

In addition, the 60th National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament will take place over a five day period beginning on August 22.

Source: NHK News 11/5/2014, Sanspo 11/5/2014

[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

[8/25/2015] 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] 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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[8/21/2014] 96th Summer Koshien: Day Eleven

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 9:59 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien
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Day Start Gm First Base Score Third Base
08/21
(Thu)
08:00 Gm 1 富山商
Toyama Shogyo
5-6 日本文理
Nihon Bunri
10:30 Gm 2 八頭
Yazu
0-10 大阪桐蔭
Osaka Toin
13:00 Gm 3 聖光学院
Seiko Gakuin
2-1 近江
Omi
15:30 Gm 4 高崎健康福祉大高崎
Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
8-3 山形中央
Yamagata Chuo

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