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[8/1/2015] 97th Summer Koshien News and Notes

by on Aug.01, 2015 @ 2:37 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien
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The Summer Koshien will be starting a little earlier than usual because of the U18 Baseball World Cup. Due to the earlier schedule, schools will not be given their usual thirty minutes of practice time on the field. They will instead be given fifteen minutes to check the field.

Source: Daily Sports 8/1/2015, Daily Sports 8/1/2015

Waseda Jitsugyo and Kanto Daiichi swapped hotels because of security issues. Waseda Jitsugyo was originally scheduled to stay at Koshien Hotel Yudachiso, but tournament organizers decided it would be best if they swapped places with Kanto Daiichi and stayed at Miyako Hotel New Archaic in Amagasaki. Koshien Hotel Yudachiso is about a five minute walk from Koshien Stadium and there were concerns about what fans might do if they knew Waseda Jitsugyo prospect Kotaro Kiyomiya was walking to and from the stadium to his hotel.

By bus, the Miyako Hotel New Archaic is about a twenty minutes away from Koshien Stadium.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Sponichi 8/1/2015

[8/1/2015] 97th Summer Koshien: List of participating high schools

by on Aug.01, 2015 @ 8:18 am, under High School, Summer Koshien
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北海道 - Hokkaido
北北海道
Kita Hokkaido
白樺学園
Shirakaba Gakuen
3(4)
南北海道
Minami Hokkaido
北海
Hokkai
36(4)
東北 - Tohoku
青森
Aomori
三沢商
Misawa Shogyo
2(29)
岩手
Iwate
花巻東
Hanamaki Higashi
8(2)
宮城
Miyagi
仙台育英
Sendai Ikuei
25(2)
秋田
Akita
秋田商
Akita Shogyo
18(2)
山形
Yamagata
鶴岡東
Tsuruoka Higashi
4(4)
福島
Fukushima
聖光学院
Seiko Gakuin
12[9]
関東 - Kanto
茨城
Ibaraki
霞ケ浦
Kasumigaura
1(0)
栃木
Tochigi
作新学院
Sakushin Gakuin
11[5]
群馬
Gunma
高崎健康福祉大高崎
Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
3[2]
埼玉
Saitama
花咲徳栄
Hanasaki Tokuharu
3(4)
千葉
Chiba
専大松戸
Senshu Daigaku Matsudo
1(0)
東東京
Higashi Tokyo
関東第一
Kanto Daiichi
6(5)
西東京
Nishi Tokyo
早実
Waseda Jitsugyo
29(5)
神奈川
Kanagawa
東海大相模
Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Sagami
10[2]
山梨
Yamanashi
東海大甲府
Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Kofu
13[2]
北信越 - Hokushinetsu
新潟
Niigata
中越
Chuetsu
9(12)
富山
Toyama
高岡商
Takaoka Shogyo
17(7)
石川
Ishikawa
遊学館
Yugakkan
6(3)
福井
Fukui
敦賀気比
Tsuruga Kehi
7[2]
長野
Nagano
上田西
Ueda Nishi
2(2)
東海 - Tokai
岐阜
Gifu
岐阜城北
Gifu Johoku
3(14)
静岡
Shizuoka
静岡
Shizuoka
24[2]
愛知
Aichi
中京大中京
Chukyo Daigaku Fuzoku Chukyo
27(5)
三重
Mie
津商
Tsu Shogyo
1(0)
近畿 - Kinki
滋賀
Shiga
比叡山
Hieizan
8(16)
京都
Kyoto
鳥羽
Toba
6(15)
大阪
Osaka
大阪偕星学園
Osaka Kaisei Gakuen
1(0)
兵庫
Hyogo
滝川二
Takigawa Daini
4(3)
奈良
Nara
天理
Tenri
27(3)
和歌山
Wakayama
智弁和歌山
Chiben Wakayama
21(3)
中国 - Chugoku
鳥取
Tottori
鳥取城北
Tottori Johoku
4(2)
島根
Shimane
石見智翠館
Iwami Chisuikan
9(2)
岡山
Okayama
岡山学芸館
Okayama Gakugeikan
1(0)
広島
Hiroshima
広島新庄
Hiroshima Shinjo
1(0)
山口
Yamaguchi
下関商
Shimonoseki Shogyo
9(20)
四国 - Shikoku
香川
Kagawa
藤井学園寒川
Fujii Gakuen Sangawa
2(6)
徳島
Tokushima
鳴門
Naruto
10[4]
愛媛
Ehime
今治西
Imabari Nishi
13(3)
高知
Kochi
明徳義塾
Meitoku Gijuku
17[6]
九州 - Kyushu
福岡
Fukuoka
九州国際大付
Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzuoku
6[2]
佐賀
Saga
龍谷
Ryukoku
3(20)
長崎
Nagasaki
創成館
Sohseikan
1(0)
熊本
Kumamoto
九州学院
Kyushu Gakuin
8(5)
大分
Oita
明豊
Meiho
5(4)
宮崎
Miyazaki
宮崎日大
Miyazaki Nihon Daigaku
2(18)
鹿児島
Kagoshima
鹿児島実
Kagoshima Jitsugyo
18(5)
沖縄
Okinawa
興南
Konan
10(5)

Key

  • (n) = First time in n years
  • [x] = xth straight year

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[5/29/2015] Sadaharu Oh to throw out ceremonial first pitch during Summer Koshien

by on May.30, 2015 @ 11:21 am, under High School, Summer Koshien
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced on May 29 that Sadaharu Oh will throw out the ceremonial first pitch after the opening ceremonies as part of the tournament's 100th anniversary.

"They came to me about two months ago and I wasn't really sure if I was the right person, but I also wanted to throw one while I still could. And I probably won't be able to do it ten years from now. So they offered me the opportunity and I said I would be happy to comply if they were okay with me doing it. I haven't stood on the Koshien mound since high school. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make a good throw, but this is a great honor, so I hope I'll at least be able to get the ball to the catcher," said Oh to reporters.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/29/2015, Sponichi 5/29/2015

[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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