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Koshien 2009 Day 15: Results

by on Aug.24, 2009 @ 1:07 pm, under Summer Koshien
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Congratulations to Chukyodai Chukyo for winning their first Koshien in 43 years!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Nihon Bunri 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 5   9 14 1
Chukyodai Chukyo 2 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 X   10 17 1


A pretty excited game all around.

Chukyodai Chukyo grabbed an early lead in the bottom of the first on Dobayashi's (堂林翔太) 2-run homer over the right-center field fence.

Over the next two innings, Nihon Bunri made their way to a 2-2 tie: two back-to-back doubles in the top of the second by Yoshida (吉田雅俊) and Y. Takahashi (高橋義人) for the first run and a solo homer in the third inning by J. Takahashi (高橋隼之介) over the left field fence for the second run.

The game would remained knotted at 2 until the bottom of the 6th when Chukyodai Chukyo sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 6 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and an HBP. If you were a Nihon Bunri fan, you just had to cringe because it wasn't a very pretty inning.

And it all started off innocently enough with a ground out to second, followed by a walk to Morimoto (森本隼平). After that, things slowly started to unravel for Nihon Bunri:

  • a wild pitch moved Morimoto to second
  • Yamanaka (山中渉伍) picked up a hit that probably should have been handled by the shortstop (ruled a hit). It was a tough play though.
  • Kunitomo (国友賢司) tried to lay down a squeeze, but failed when Ito (伊藤直輝) purposely threw the ball outside
  • Kunimoto still ended up getting on base on a hotshot that deflected off the third baseman's glove over to short. But by the time the shortstop was ready to throw the ball, everyone was safe (ruled an infield hit).

Ito managed to strike out Kawai (河合完治) for the second out, but that brought Dobayashi to the plate. Dobayashi nailed an 0-1 hanging slider into left field to break a 2-2 tie and give Chukyodai Chukyo a 4-2 lead.

And then more unraveling:

  • An HBP to the next batter re-loaded the bases.
  • Ito hit a high chopper back to the mound that Ito grabbed and turned to throw to first on, but neither the first baseman nor the second baseman were covering the bag. Another run scored and the bases remained loaded.

And then Shibata (柴田悠介) drilled one over the left fielder's head for a bases clearing double. And just like that, Nihon Bunri found themselves training by 6-runs.

The next two innings saw both teams exchange 2 runs that left Nihon Bunri still trailing by 6 runs heading into the top of the 9th.

Chukyodai Chukyo put Dobayashi back on the mound in the top of the 9th. He recorded the first two outs of the inning on a strike out looking and a ground out to short. And then he fell apart... Just 1 strike away from ending it all...

After walking Kitte (切手孝太) on 6 pitches, he threw a 1-2 wild pitch that allowed Kitte to advance to second. J. Takahashi managed to work the count to 3-2 (he also nailed a hanging 2-2 slider that just went foul) before driving a ball into the gap in left-center for an RBI double.

Dobayashi went to 1-2 on Takeishi (武石光司), but once again, the batter fought off some tough pitches to even the count at 2. On the 7th pitch of the at bat, Takeishi hit a liner to right that rolled all the way to the wall (right fielder couldn't stop it) and Takeishi had himself an RBI triple. Nihon Bunri cut Chukyodai Chukyo's lead to 4.

The next batter, Yoshida (吉田雅俊), hit a pop-up in foul territory that should have been easily caught by the third baseman, but ended up dropping harmlessly to the ground. Dobayashi hit Yoshida on the next pitch and was quickly relieved by Morimoto.

With the count 3-2, Y. Takahashi fouled off 2 pitches before working out a walk to load the bases. And that brought up Ito, who proceed to hit the ball through the left side to score 2 more runs and make it 10-8.

Pinch-hitter Ishizuka followed with another single into left that pulled Nihon Bunri to within 1 run of tying the game.

With the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on first, Wakabayashi (若林尚希) nailed a hard liner to third that was caught for the final out of the inning. Chukyodai Chukyo managed to hold on for a 10-9 win over Nihon Bunri.

Key Offensive Players
Nihon Bunri: J Takahashi (高橋隼之介) 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; Y. Takahashi (高橋義人) 3-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Ito (伊藤直輝) 1-for-5, 2 RBI

Chukyodai Chukyo: Yamanaka (山中渉伍) 3-for-6, 3 R; Dobayashi (堂林翔太) 3-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI; Shibata (柴田悠介) 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Nihon Bunri

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Ito (伊藤直輝) L 8 46 147 17 8 4 1 10 10


Chukyodai Chukyo

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Dobayashi (堂林翔太)   5 0/3 21 66 6 5 0 1 2 2
Morimoto (森本隼平) W 3 13 48 4 1 0 0 2 1
Dobayashi (堂林翔太)   0 2/3 6 31 2 1 1 1 4 4
Morimoto (森本隼平)   0 1/3 4 14 2 0 1 0 1 1


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Some other news and notes:

...Chukyodai Chukyo wins it (out of 4,041 high schools that competed).

...Sanspo has pictures from the stands from the final day of the Koshien.

...The final attendance numbers are in: over the 15-day event, 812,000 people attended the games. For those wondering, 47,000 were in attendance for the Finals game on Monday afternoon.

...Kazuhiro Kiyohara was one of the 47,000 in attendance on Monday. Kiyohara was also on hand to watch the opening ceremonies and the opening game back on the 8th.

...And some interesting numbers:

  • Chukyodai Chukyo became the 3rd team this tournament and the 64th team in tournament history to record a hit in every inning of a game (Finals games).
  • Chukyodai Chukyo tied the record for most double by a team in a tournament with 19.
  • Chukyodai Chukyo's Dobayashi tied the record for most double in a tournament with 6.
  • Chukyodai Chukyo's Kawai set a new tournament record for most total bases with 28. The previous high was 27 held by three players.

...The Koshien will be creating special "Hero Bricks," dedicated to the heroes of this year's Koshien.

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Koshien 2009 Day 14: Results

by on Aug.23, 2009 @ 4:46 pm, under Summer Koshien
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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Ken Gifu Sho 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 6 1
Nihon Bunri 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 X   2 10 0


Backed by a strong outing by Ito (伊藤直輝), Nihon Bunri beat Ken Gifu Sho, 2-1.

Nihon Bunri took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 5th when Kitte (切手孝太) led off the inning with a triple and came around to score on J. Takahashi's (高橋隼之介) line single to right. They tacked on another run in the bottom of the 6th after Ito (伊藤直輝) led off with a double and, 2 outs later, scored on Nakamura's (中村大地) single into right.

Ken Gifu Sho did make things interesting in the top of the 9th. After the first batter struck out, Ikai (井貝星良) reached with a single. Yamada (山田智弘) was up next and Ito struck him out. Ken Gifu Sho then sent in pinch-hitter Furukawa (古川隼也) to keep the inning going, but he did more than just that: he jumped all over the first pitch he saw and hit it over the left fielder's head for a double, scoring Ikai all the way from first. But Ito kept his cool and and got Izumida (泉田純弥) to ground out to short to end the game.

Key Offensive Players
Ken Gifu Sho: Ikai (井貝星良) 1-for-3, BB, R; Furukawa (古川隼也) 1-for-1, 2B, RBI

Nihon Bunri: J. Takahashi (高橋隼之介) 1-for-4, RBI; Y. Takahashi (高橋義人) 2-for-4; Nakamura (中村大地) 2-for-4, RBI

Ken Gifu Sho

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Yamada (山田智弘) L 8 36 124 10 4 1 1 2 2


Nihon Bunri

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Ito (伊藤直輝) W 9 34 129 6 11 3 0 1 1


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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Hanamaki Higashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1 7 0
Chukyodai Chukyo 1 0 0 5 1 2 1 1 X   11 13 1


This game was pretty much over after Chukyodai Chukyo put up a 5-spot in the bottom of the 4th that included a solo homer by Isomura (磯村嘉孝), an RBI single by Yamanaka (山中渉伍), and a 3-run triple by Kawai (河合完治).

But to be entirely honest, I think I kept thinking that Hanamaki Higashi might be able to pull off some sort of amazing upset until about the 5th or 6th inning, about the time I think the offense really started to sputter: Hanamaki Higashi went down in order in the 5th and the 6th inning ended with Sarukawa trying to stretch a single into a double (although a case could be made that it was a good risk to take).

When Hanamaki finally did manage to push a run across the board, it was in the top of the 7th and the run scored when Sasaki (佐々木大樹) grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.

Sad to see Hanamaki Higashi eliminated, but it was probably for the best.

Key Offensive Players
Hanamaki Higashi: Sarukawa (猿川拓朗) 3-for-3, BB; Chiba (千葉祐輔) 2-for-3

Chukyodai Chukyo: Kunitomo (国友賢司) 1-for-2, HBP, BB, 2 R; Kawai (河合完治) 3-for-5, 2 3B, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI; Isomura (磯村嘉孝) 1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI; Ito (伊藤隆比古) 1-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI; Kanayama (金山篤未) 2-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI

Hanamaki Higashi

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Yoshida (吉田陵) L 3 1/3 17 62 5 5 2 0 4 4
Sarukawa (猿川拓朗)   1/3 3 5 1 0 0 1 2 2
Kikuchi (菊池雄星)   2/3 4 11 2 1 0 0 1 1
Sarukawa (猿川拓朗)   3 2/3 19 56 5 3 3 0 4 4


Chukyodai Chukyo

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Dobayashi (堂林翔太) W 8 29 96 6 2 2 0 1 1
Morimoto (森本隼平)   1 3 9 1 0 0 0 0 0


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Some other news and notes:

...And then there were 2...

...Sanspo has pictures from the stands from Day 14.

...If you're at the Koshien, you might want to think about picking up a Hermann Dog (500yen). Vendors are currently selling about 200 of these a day.

The Hermann Dog is modeled after the first hot dog that was sold in Japan back in 1934. That hot dog was created by Hermann Friedrich Wolschke, a sausage maker from Germany.

...Nihon Bunri manager Michio Ohi wasn't feeling well after the game and was diagnosed with a minor heat stroke.

...Ken Gifu Sho ace, Tomohiro Yamada, was taking pain-killers for most of the tournament due to a bruised right index finger he suffered during the Gifu Tournament that never had a chance to heal.

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What's on tap tomorrow:

13:00 - Nihon Bunri vs Chukyodai Chukyo

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Koshien 2009 Day 13: Results

by on Aug.22, 2009 @ 4:27 pm, under Summer Koshien
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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Teikyo 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0   3 12 2
Ken Gifu Sho 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 X   6 12 1


With runners on first and third, Teikyo took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on Haraguchi's (原口文仁) single into left. But the lead wouldn't last for very long.

In the bottom of the 1st, Gifu Ken Sho started things off with a single back up the middle by Matsuda (松田智宏). The number two batter, Fujita (藤田知晃), attempted to move Matsuda over to second with a sac bunt, but Hirahara (平原庸多) was quick off the mound and threw out Matsuda at second. Hirahara struck out the next batter for the second out of the inning, but then threw a wild pitch, moving Fujita into scoring position. Esaki (江崎秋馬) poked single through the right side and Fujita rounded third. He stopped and began running back to third when he saw the throw going home, but the ball went over the catcher's head. Hirahara, backing up the play, quickly recovered the ball and threw over to third to try and get Fujita, but the throw was off the mark and rolled into the outfield and gave Fujita more than enough time to cross home plate. Game tied at 1.

A runner still on second with 2 outs, Yamada (山田智弘) poked a single by the shortstop. Esaki, who was on second, was off on the pitch and rounding third when the throw went to home. An off-base slide allowed Esaki to score safely and Ken Gifu Sho had a 2-1 lead.

Ken Gifu Sho tacked on 4 more runs in the bottom of the 3rd to take a 6-1 lead.

Teikyo did manage to score 2 runs in the top of the 5th to make it 6-3, but they also missed a great chance in the top of the 3rd when they had had runners on first and third with only 1 out, but failed to get a run across. Hoshi (星宏樹) couldn't lay down a 1-1 squeeze and ended up striking out. The next batter walked to load the bases, but Ariga (有賀ナビル) grounded out second to end the inning.

In the top of the 6th, Teikyo had another scoring opportunity when Kaneko (金子竜也) and Taguchi (田口公貴) picked up back-to-back 1-out singles, but Hirahara grounded into a force at second and Sato (佐藤秀栄) struck out to end the inning.

Still down 6-3 in the top of the 9th, Hirahara almost led off the inning with a single, but Fujita made a great play to get to the ball and throw it over to first in enough time to get a diving Hirahara (his momentum was taking him toward second). The next batter, Sato, took Yamada's 3-2 pitch into right. As rounded second, he hesitated a bit and then kept going. And it was that hesitation that got him thrown out at third. The game ended when Ikai (井貝星良), the third baseman, grabbed Haraguchi's pop-up in foul territory.

Key Offensive Players
Teikyo: Kaneko (金子竜也) 2-for-4, R; Sato (佐藤秀栄) 3-for-4, BB, 2B; Haraguchi (原口文仁) 2-for-5, R, RBI; Yoshioka (吉岡駿) 2-for-2, HBP, BB, RBI

Ken Gifu Sho: Fujita (藤田知晃) 2-for-4, HBP, 2 R; Yokoyama (横山貴大) 1-for-2, 2B, R, 2 RBI; (平林一浩) 2-for-3, BB

Teikyo

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Hirahara (平原庸多) L 2 0/3 12 46 4 4 2 0 4 3
Ito (伊藤拓郎)   1 5 16 2 0 1 0 2 2
Yamasaki (山崎康晃)   3 14 39 2 1 0 2 0 0
Suzuki (鈴木昇太)   0 9 35 4 2 0 0 0 0


Ken Gifu Sho

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Yamada (山田智弘) W 9 41 139 12 5 2 1 3 3


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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Miyakonojosho 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   2 5 1
Chukyodai Chukyo 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 X   6 9 1


With 2 outs in the bottom of the first, Kawai (河合完治) and Dobayashi (堂林翔太) hit back-to-back singles. Dobayashi nailed the first pitch he saw from Shinnishi (新西貴利) and deposited it over the left-center field fence to give Chukyodai Chukyo a 3-0 led. With that one swing, the tone for the rest of the game was set. Well, that and a solid out by Dobayashi.

Chukyo tacked on another run in the bottom of the 3rd on an RBI double by Dobayashi.

Miyakonojosho finally pushed 2 runs across and cut Chukyo's lead to 3-2 in the top of the fourth on an 2-run double by Mera (米良孝秋). But after that hit, Dobayashi was simply un-hittable, retiring 16 of the last 17 batters he faced (he surrendered a walk in the 5th).

In the bottom of the 7th, Kawai's RBI single to left with a runner on second and Dobayashi's towering RBI double up against the wall in left-center with Kawai on first made it 6-2.

Key Offensive Players
Miyakonojosho: Mera (米良孝秋) 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Chukyodai Chukyo: Kawai (河合完治) 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI; Dobayashi (堂林翔太) 3-for-3, BB, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI; Isomura (磯村嘉孝) 2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI

Miyakonojosho

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Shinnishi (新西貴利) L 3 16 49 5 2 2 0 4 4
Fujimoto (藤本雄也)   5 20 75 4 4 1 1 2 2


Chukyodai Chukyo

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Dobayashi (堂林翔太) W 9 33 116 5 9 1 0 2 2


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Some other news and notes:

...And then there were 4...

...Sanspo has pictures from the stands from Day 13.

...A sign of rough economic times? A shrine (Susano'o Shrine) that usually gets quite a few visits from teams wanting to win at the Koshien has seen about a 50% drop in traffic this year, compared to last year.

It's the first time since 1955 that two schools from the Tokai Region (Ken Gifu Sho and Chukyodai Chukyo) made it to the semifinals at the Summer Koshien.

Two schools from the Tokai Region (Tokoha Gakuen Kikugawa and Ogaki Nichidai) did face off against each other in the finals during the 2007 Spring Koshien.

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What's on tap tomorrow:

11:00 Ken Gifu Sho vs Nihon Bunri

13:30 Hanamaki Higashi vs Chukyodai Chukyo

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Koshien 2009 Day 12: Results

by on Aug.21, 2009 @ 6:10 pm, under Summer Koshien
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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   R H E
Hanamaki Higashi 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 1   7 13 1
Meiho 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 0   6 9 1


Yusei Kikuchi (菊池雄星) started the game strong, retiring the first 12 batters in a row.

On the other side of the mound, Imamiya (今宮健太) held Hanamaki Higashi to 1 run over the first 3 innings. But things fell apart for Imamiya in the 4th. He surrendered a lead-off double and single before allowing Hanamaki's second run of the game to score on an infield single to Sasaki (佐々木大樹).

Kikuchi was up to bat next and he laid down a bunt to move the runners up a base. The bunt was good, but Kikuchi ran hard into first and bumped into the first baseman. He crumpled to the ground and looked to be in pain, but he got up, shook it off, apologized to the first baseman, and returned to the dugout.

With runners on second and third, Yamada (山田隼弥) poked a single through the left side to push Hanamaki's third run across the home plate. Meiho then brought in Noguchi (野口昂平) to try and get out of the inning without surrendering any more runs, but Noguchi gave up a first-pitch single back up the middle to Kashiwaba (柏葉康貴) that gave Hanamaki a 4-0 lead.

Meiho finally scored a run off Kikuchi in the bottom of the 5th on a sac fly by Kawano (河野凌太). Kikuchi retired the next batter on a pop-up to short, but he also began putting his left hand on his right hip, as if to try and stave off some pain. Kikuchi was relieved by Sarukawa (猿川拓朗) after that.

In the bottom of the 6th, with the bases loaded and 1 out, Sarukawa surrendered a 2-run single to Kotobuki (寿雄大).

The game really started to move in the bottom of the 8th as Imamiya led off the inning with a double. A strike out and an HBP later, Kawano (河野凌太) drove in the tying run with a double down the first base line. Kimori (木森恭平) followed that with another double that cleared the bases and gave Meiho a 6-4 lead.

Two consecutive singles put runners on second and third for Hanamaki in the top of the 9th. Yokokura (横倉怜武) followed with a single into right-center that cleared the bases and tied the game at 6. One batter later, with a runner on third, Imamiya returned to the mound and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Imamiya had a chance to win the game for Meiho in the bottom of the 9th when he stepped up to bat with a runner on second and 1 out, but Hanamaki played it safe and gave him a free pass.

In the top of the 10th, Kashiwaba picked up an infield single with 1 out. Sato (佐藤涼平) bunted him over to second and hit Meiho's first baseman pretty hard and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

It was now up to the captain, Kawamura (川村悠真), to make some noise, which he did, with a single back up the middle that scored Kashiwaba from second. Hanamaki had their lead.

Sarukawa gave up a 1-out walk, but retired the next two batters on ground outs to give his team a 7-6 victory.

Key Offensive Players
Hanamaki Higashi: Kashiwaba (柏葉康貴) 2-for-4, HBP, IBB, R, RBI; Kawamura (川村悠真) 2-for-6, R, RBI; Yokokura (横倉怜武) 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Yamada (山田隼弥) 2-for-3, RBI

Meiho: Hirai (平井徹) 2-for-5, R; Kotobuki (寿雄大) 2-for-4, HBP, R, 2 RBI; Kawano (河野凌太) 1-for-3, IBB, 2B, R, 2 RBI; Kimori (木森恭平) 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI

Hanamaki Higashi

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Kikuchi (菊池雄星)   4 2/3 16 67 1 4 1 0 1 1
Sarukawa (猿川拓朗) W 5 1/3 29 97 8 3 4 1 5 5


Meiho

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Imamiya (今宮健太)   3 1/3 18 60 5 2 1 1 4 4
Noguchi (野口昂平)   1 6 19 1 0 2 0 0 0
Yamano (山野恭介)   4 18 59 5 4 2 0 2 2
Imamiya (今宮健太) L 1 2/3 7 21 2 2 0 0 1 1


* Imamiya (今宮健太) hit 154km/h on the radar gun.

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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Risshodai Shonan 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0   3 7 1
Nihon Bunri 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 5 X   11 19 0


This game was actually a pretty close contest early on.

In the bottom of the second, with the bases loaded and 1 out, Sakida (崎田聖羅) gave up a run-scoring single to Nakamura (中村大地). But he bounced back and got out of the inning on a double play.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the 4th, Rissho got runners on first and third with 2 out. Narita (成田渉) followed with a bloop single into center that scored the runner at third and tied the game at 1. Ito (伊藤直輝) walked the next two batters and gave Rissho a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Ito (伊藤直輝) hit a 1-out double and came around to score on Nakamura's (高橋隼之介) single through the left side.

Rissho took the lead again in the top of the 6th on Sakida homer into the left field stands. But that lead wouldn't last very long as Nihon Bunri quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI triple by Kitte (切手孝太). A first pitch wild pitch to the next batter then allowed Kitte to cross the plate and give Nihon Bunri a 4-3 lead. A double and a ground out later, Sakida's second wild pitch of the inning gives Nihon Bunri a 5-3 lead.

And from this inning on, it was pretty much over for Rissho. They went down in order in the 7th, gave up a run in the bottom of the inning (RBI double by Nakamura), got 2 runners on in the 8th but failed to score, and gave up 5 more runs in the bottom of the 8th (RBI triple by Yoshida, a 2-run homer by Y. Takahashi, and a 2-run single by Kitte) before going down in order in the top of the 9th.

Still, what a gutsy performance by Sakida. 9 innings and 165 pitches.

Key Offensive Players
Risshodai Shonan: Sakida (崎田聖羅) 3-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI; Narita (成田渉) 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Nihon Bunri: Kitte (切手孝太) 2-for-4, HBP, BB, 3B, R, 3 RBI; Takahashi (高橋隼之介) 3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI; Takahashi (高橋義人) 3-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI; Nakamura (中村大地) 4-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Risshodai Shonan

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Sakida (崎田聖羅) L 8 46 165 19 1 4 1 11 11


Nihon Bunri

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Ito (伊藤直輝) W 9 35 122 7 7 4 0 3 3


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Some other news and notes:

...And then there were 6...

...Sanspo has pictures from the stands from Day 12.

...Yusei Kikuchi had x-rays taken of his back and everything appears to be ok with him. He probably won't do anything throwing today (Saturday) to give his body some time to heal. It is still not known whether or not he'll be ready to pitch on Sunday.

Kikuchi also gave the crowd a big scare when he ran into Meiho's first baseman really hard in the top of the 4th on a sac bunt.

...Hanamaki Higashi's Sato (佐藤涼平) caused a bit of a scare in the 10th when he crashed into the first baseman on a sac bunt. He left the field on a stretcher to get treatment and didn't return to the field immediately after the inning ended, so there was some concern that he may have injured himself badly. But moments later, he ended up running out of the dugout with a big smile on his face; he played out the rest of the game.

...Hanamaki Higashi's Yamada (山田隼弥) was taken out after the 6th inning because of a cramp in his left calf, likely brought on by a heat stroke.

...Nihon Bunri became the first team to play 2 straight games where where every member in the starting line-up has at least 1 hit.

...Rissho ace Sakida (崎田聖羅) tossed 165 pitches in his team's loss on Friday. For the tournament, he threw 3 complete games and threw 413 pitches.

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What's on tap tomorrow:

11:00 Teikyo vs Ken Gifu Sho

13:30 Miyakonojosho vs Chukyodai Chukyo

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Koshien 2009 News and Notes (August 21 @ 2:55pm JST)

by on Aug.21, 2009 @ 2:01 am, under Summer Koshien
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...Chukyodai Chukyo picked up their 125th Koshien win yesterday when they beat Nagano Nichidai, 15-5. That's the most a team has ever won at the Koshien.

...Yusei Kikuchi's second fastball that hit 154km/h on the Koshien speed gun on Thursday also apparently hit 155km/h on a Lotte speed gun.

Speaking of Kikuchi, just how popular is he?

He's got some fans that are following his every move. Some have even taken paid vacations from their jobs to watch him pitch at the Koshien.

...Rissho announced that their captain, Hayashida (林田真央), tested positive for the swine flu after complaining of a high fever on Thursday night. Teammate Tsukada (塚田鉄也) complained of a fever on Thursday morning and his tests came back negative. Both players are not available for today's game.

Rissho is competing with only 13 players today.

...And Hanamaki Higashi beat Meiho earlier today in extra innings, 7-6. It was a pretty exciting game to watch.

And for those wondering, Kikuchi went 4.2 innings and tossed 67 pitches while giving up an unearned run on a hit, 4 strike outs, and a walk. Considering he pitched yesterday, that's actually not all that bad.

  • 8/12: 118 pitches
  • 8/17: 124 pitches
  • 8/20: 125 pitches
  • 8/21: 67 pitches

I guess his arm is not in the greatest shape right now. Even the manager admitted so much after the game. But it seems like Hanamaki Higashi is hopeful that a full day off will be enough for him to recover and start on Sunday. He also apparently hurt his back while pitching, which also contributed to his early exit.

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Koshien 2009 Day 11: Results

by on Aug.20, 2009 @ 5:14 pm, under Summer Koshien
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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12   R H E
Meiho 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 2   8 13 1
Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   6 13 2


Down 6-5 in the top of the 9th, Imamiya (今宮健太) stepped up to the plate with a runner on third and no out. He fouled off four pitched before finally poking a single through the right side (on the 6th pitch, all of which were fastballs) to tie the game at 6.

In the bottom of the inning, Shoji (庄司隼人) had a chance to return the "favor" when he stepped up to bat with a runner on first and 2 out. When Imamiya (今宮健太) threw him a fork, the two just smiled at each other. Shoji (庄司隼人) ended up grounding out to short on a fastball down the plate.

Meiho loaded the bases in the top of the 12th with 1 out. On Shoji's (庄司隼人) 208 pitch, Hirai hit a gounder to short. Tokoha almost turned a double play on the grounder, but the throw to first was a little late. And the slight pause while Tokoha waited for the ump to make his call was just long enough for Meiho to score their second run of the inning.

Ushia (牛場友哉) struck out in the bottom of the 12th with Shoji (庄司隼人) on second to end the game.

Key Offensive Players
Meiho: Hirai (平井徹) 1-for-7, 2 RBI; Sunagawa (砂川哲平) 3-for-6, BB, 2B, 3B, 3 R; Imamiya (今宮健太) 3-for-3, 3 BB, 2 B, R, RBI; Kotobuki (寿雄大) 1-for-1, 2B, 2 RBI

Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana: Koizumi (小泉泰樹) 3-for-4, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI; Shoji (庄司隼人) 2-for-6, 2 RBI; Hayakawa (早川顕一) 3-for-5, RBI; Yamada (山田飛輝) 2-for-5, 2 R

Meiho

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Noguchi (野口昂平)   2 1/3 15 59 7 1 1 0 4 3
Imamiya (今宮健太)   7 2/3 27 84 5 7 0 2 2 2
Yamano (山野恭介) W 2 7 25 1 3 0 0 0 0


Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Shoji (庄司隼人) L 12 56 211 13 5 7 3 8 8


*Imamiya (今宮健太) topped out at 153km/h on the radar gun.

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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Nagano Nichidai 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0   5 11 5
Chukyodai Chukyo 5 0 0 0 0 4 4 2 X   15 16 1


Nagano managed to tie the game at 5 in the 5th, but after that, Chukyodai completely shut-down their offense, limiting them to just 1 hit over the final 4 innings of the game.

Meanwhile, Chukyodai exploded for 10 runs on 10 hits (3 of which were doubles) over their final 4 innings of the games.

Incidentally, 7 of the 15 runs Chukyodai scored were unearned.

Key Offensive Players
Nagano Nichidai: Niimura (新村涼賢) 1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI; Kitazawa (北沢哲) 2-for-4, R; Kobayashi (小林聡) 3-for-4, RBI; Hondo (本藤昇吾) 2-for-4, R, RBI; Kato (加藤幸宏) 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI

Chukyodai Chukyo: Yamanaka (山中渉伍) 2-for-5, HBP, 2B, 3 R; Kunitomo (国友賢司) 2-for-3, HBP, R, 3 RBI; Kawai (河合完治) 3-for-6, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI; Dobayashi (堂林翔太) 2-for-4, BB, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI; Shibata (柴田悠介) 3-for-4, HBP, 3 R; Kaneyama (金山篤未) 1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI

Nagano Nichidai

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Kato (加藤幸宏) L 5 2/3 32 103 10 4 2 2 9 3
Nishiyama (西山尊徳)   1 1/3 9 32 3 0 0 3 4 4
Sato (佐藤丞)   1 7 23 3 2 0 0 2 1


Chukyodai Chukyo

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Dobayashi (堂林翔太)   4 1/3 24 84 10 1 1 0 5 4
Morimoto (森本隼平) W 3 2/3 11 41 1 3 0 0 0 0
Yamada (山田貴大)   1 3 13 0 1 0 0 0 0


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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Tohoku 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 6 2
Hanamaki Higashi 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 X   4 8 2


Sato (佐藤涼平) was at it again today:

  • 1st AB: 10 pitches / result: strike out
  • 2nd AB: 3 pitches / result: HBP
  • 3rd AB: 3 pitches / result: single
  • 4th AB: 5 pitches / result: fly out

A TV report I saw mentioned that he spends a lot of time practicing how to foul pitches off.

In any case, another very solid start by Yusei Kikuchi.

Hanamaki's offense wasn't really overpowering. They scored their first run in the 3rd inning on Yamada's (山田隼弥) slap hit through the left side (he was faking a bunt) that scored Sasaki (佐々木大樹) from second. Their second run was pretty much manufactured by Sato (佐藤涼平) in the 4th as he got on base with an HBP, moved to second on a sac bunt, stole third, and then came around to score on Yokokura's (横倉怜武) chopper to short. And the third run scored in the bottom of the 5th after Yamada (山田隼弥) reached on a bunt single, stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw by the catcher, and finally crossed the plate on a chopper to first. The fourth and final run came in the bottom of the 8th and was the product of a HBP, a wild pitch that moved the runner to second, and a single that passed by a diving shortstop.

Tohoku lone run scored in the top of the 6th on a double by Ito (伊藤航) and an RBI single by Kiryu (桐生穂高).

After the game, Kikuchi said he was feeling tired and still felt a bit tight but managed to overcome all that with a boost in adrenaline during the game.

Key Offensive Players
Tohoku: Ito (伊藤航) 1-for-3, HBP, 2B, R; Kiryu (桐生穂高) 1-for-2, RBI

Hanamaki Higashi: Yokokura (横倉怜武) 1-for-2, HBP, R, RBI; Chiba (千葉祐輔) 2-for-4, RBI; Yamada (山田隼弥) 3-for-3, R, RBI

Tohoku

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Sato (佐藤朔弥) L 7 2/3 33 118 8 7 0 2 4 2
Kiyohara (清原雄貴)   0 1/3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0


Hanamaki Higashi

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Kikuchi (菊池雄星) W 9 36 125 6 9 0 1 1 1


* Kikuchi (菊池雄星) hit 154km/h on the gun twice, which establishes a new high for lefties at the Koshien.

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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Miyokonojosho 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   4 12 2
Chiben Wakayama 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 5 0


Okada had a rough game, giving up 3 big runs in the top of the first on an RBI single by Matsubara (松原大輔) and a 2-run double by Tominaga (冨永圭太).

Chiben managed to return a run in the bottom of the inning when Nishikawa (西川遥輝) hit a grounder that went through the first baseman's legs and into right field, scoring Ohhata from second.

And while Okada managed to keep his team in the game by giving up only 1 more run over the next 8 innings, the offense just could not get anything going against Shinnishi. They did get 2 runners on in the bottom of the 8th with 1 out, but Shinnishi retired the next two batters on a strike out and a fly out.

Key Offensive Players
Miyokonojosho: Fujimoto (藤本雄也) 2-for-5, RBI; Uchida (内田祥文) 2-for-4, BB, 2B, R; Tominaga (冨永圭太) 2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI

Chiben Wakayama: Ohhata (大畑勇) 1-for-3, BB, R; Iwasato (岩佐戸龍) 2-for-4; Kitabatake (北畠良真) 2-for-4

Miyokonojosho

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Shinnishi (新西貴利) W 9 35 125 5 10 2 0 1 0


Chiben Wakayama

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Okada (岡田俊哉) L 9 43 168 12 12 4 0 4 4


* Not an excuse but... Okada (岡田俊哉) was actually feeling under-the-weather prior to the game. He had a fever on Wednesday and almost popped a blister on his middle finger after his start on the 18th. He ends his summer with 37 strike outs over 3 Koshien starts.

** Nishikawa (西川遥輝) had been nursing a fractured left thumb he suffered during a practice game in June.

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Some other news and notes:

...And then there were 8...

...Sanspo has pictures from the stands from Day 11.

...Teikyo's manager, Mitsuo Maeda, recorded his 48th career Koshien victory, good for third on the All-Time list.

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What's on tap tomorrow:

11:00 - Meiho vs Hanamaki Higashi

13:30 - Nihon Bunri vs Risshodai Shonan

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Koshien 2009 Day 10: Results

by on Aug.19, 2009 @ 5:09 pm, under Summer Koshien
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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
PL Gakuen 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0   3 7 3
Ken Gifu Sho 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 X   6 9 0


In the top of the 4th, PL Gakuen finally got on the board with a run. But they may have been able to score more had Nakai (中井都雄) not been so aggressive on the base paths and gotten thrown out at home for the second out of the inning. It was a pretty close play, so perhaps it was a fair risk.

After Yamada (山田智弘) led off the bottom of the 4th with a double, a throwing error by the first baseman on a sac bunt allowed him to score, giving Ken Gifu Sho a 4-1 lead.

Murata's (村田穏行) double in the 5th with a runner on first pulled PL Gakuen to within 2 of Gifu. But a home run by Yamada (山田智弘) in the 5th pushed PL Gakuen away once again.

The two sides exchanged singles runs again in the 7th: Yoshikawa (吉川大幾) hit a home run for PL Gakuen and Ikai (井貝星良) drove in a run with a double for Gifu.

After Yoshikawa's home run in the 7th, Yamada (山田智弘) retired the next 9 batters in a row to give Gifu a 6-3 win over PL Gakuen.

Ken Gifu Sho makes it into the Best 8 for the first time in 31 years.

Key Offensive Players
PL Gakuen: Yoshikawa (吉川大幾) 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI; Murata (村田穏行) 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; Nanba (難波清秀) 1-for-2, RBI

Ken Gifu Sho: Matsuda (松田智宏) 2-for-4, R; Ikai (井貝星良) 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R, RBI; Yamada (山田智弘) 2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI

PL Gakuen

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Inoue (井上大樹) L 2 2/3 14 46 5 3 1 0 3 2
Nanba (難波清秀)   3 2/3 17 46 3 0 1 0 3 1
Taji (多司将仁)   1 2/3 6 31 1 3 1 0 0 0


Ken Gifu Sho

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Yamada (山田智弘) W 9 37 120 7 3 2 2 3 3


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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Nihon Koku Ishikawa 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3   5 10 1
Nihon Bunri 2 5 0 0 0 3 1 1 X   12 20 1


Nihon Bunri collected 20 hits and scored 12 runs. And while Ito gave up 5 runs, he still picked up a complete game victory.

Nihon Koku Ishikawa did make things a bit interesting in the top of the 9th when they managed to collect three straight hits after a double and a ground out to score three runs. But Ito (伊藤直輝) ended the game by getting pinch-hitter Ebisu (胡寛志) to ground into a double play.

Nihon Bunri makes it into the Best 8 for the first time in 25 years.

Key Offensive Players
Nihon Koku Ishikawa: Fukui (福井航輝) 2-for-4, 2B, R; Kitadera (北寺宏規) 2-for-4, 3B, 2 R; Izumi (泉隆史) 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI

Nihon Bunri: Kitte (切手孝太) 3-for-5, 2 R; Takahashi (高橋隼之介) 1-for-3, 3B, R, 3 RBI; Takeishi (武石光司) 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Yoshida (吉田雅俊) 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Takahashi (高橋義人) 4-for-5, 3B, 2 R; Ito (伊藤直輝) 3-for-4, HR, R, 6 RBI; Nakamura (中村大地) 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R

Nihon Koku Ishikawa

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Kurimoto (栗本斗基) L 1 1/3 13 39 9 0 0 0 7 5
Hamada (浜田岳志)   4 1/3 20 74 7 2 0 0 3 3
Nakata (中田起矢)   1 1/3 6 27 3 2 0 0 1 1
Kitadera (北寺宏規)   1 4 11 1 0 0 0 1 1


Nihon Bunri

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Ito (伊藤直輝) W 9 34 119 10 13 0 0 5 5


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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Rissho-dai Shonan 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2   4 6 2
Tono-dai Ni 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   2 10 0


5 hit batsmen, 2 of which came around to score in the 6th and 8th innings, and timely hitting by Sakida (崎田聖羅) allowed Rissho to get back into the game after trailing for most of it.

In the top of the 9th, Rissho finally broke through for a lead. With 2 outs in the books, Hayashida (林田真央) drove a ball to deep right-center that split the outfielders. He was running hard right out of the box and slid safely into third. Ono's (小野友輔) double over the center fielder's head scored the go-ahead run and Goto's (後藤静磨) double down the first base line gave Rissho an insurance.

Sakida hit a batter with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, but retired the next two batters to give his team a 4-2 victory over Tono-dai Ni.

Key Offensive Players
Rissho-dai Shonan: Hayashida (林田真央) 1-for-3, 2 HBP, 3B, 2 R; Ono (小野友輔) 1-for-3, HBP, BB, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Goto (後藤静磨) 2-for-4, BB, 2 2B, RBI; Sakida (崎田聖羅) 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Tono-dai Ni:Machida (町田卓也) 3-for-4; Numazawa (沼沢茂) 2-for-3, RBI; Tsuruta (鶴田龍斗) 2-for-4

Rissho-dai Shonan

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Sakida (崎田聖羅) W 9 39 139 10 8 0 2 2 1


Tono-dai Ni

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Kato (加藤綾) L 9 40 144 6 6 4 5 4 4


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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Kyushu Kokusai-dai Fu 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0   3 8 2
Teikyo 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1X   4 8 1


After Kobayashi's (小林知弘) solo homer put Kyushu up 3-1 in the top of the 7th, it appeared as though all the momentum had shifted away from Teikyo. But in the bottom of the 8th, with runners on first and third and 1 out, Nodomi (納富秀平) threw a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. After walking Hirahara (平原庸多) to put runners on first and second, Nodomi (納富秀平) threw a wild pick-off throw to second that allowed the runners to move up a base. A failed squeeze attempt followed by a bad snap throw to third by the catcher allowed the runner at third to score and tie the game at 3.

In the bottom of the 9th, with the score still tied at 3, Teikyo managed to load the bases on a walk, a sac bunt, a single, and another walk. That set the stage for Kaneko's (金子竜也) walk-off single to right that gave Teikyo a 4-3 victory over Kyushu.

Key Offensive Players
Kyushu Kokusai-dai Fu: Kobayashi (小林知弘) 2-for-3, HR, R, RBI; Kunieda (国枝頌平) 3-for-4, 2B, R; Miyoshi (三好匠) 2-for-4, RBI

Teikyo: Kaneko (金子竜也) 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI; Taguchi (田口公貴) 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI

Kyushu Kokusai-dai Fu

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Nodomi (納富秀平) L 8 1/3 37 127 8 5 4 0 4 2


Teikyo

Name   IP BF NP H K BB HBP R ER
Suzuki (鈴木昇太)   2 0/3 9 40 3 0 0 1 0 0
Hirahara (平原庸多)   4 2/3 19 69 3 4 1 2 3 2
Ito (伊藤拓郎) W 2 1/3 8 25 2 2 1 0 0 0


* Ito maxed out at 148km/h
** Nodomi threw 293 pitches over 3 games

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Some other news and notes:

...And then there were 12...

...Sanspo has pictures from the stands from Day 10.

...According to a TV report, Yusei Kikuchi was experiencing some tightness in his left shoulder and limited his throwing session to just 20 pitches on Wednesday.

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What's on tap tomorrow:

8:30 - Meiho vs Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana

11:00 - Nagano Nichidai vs Chukyodai Chukyo

13:30 - Hanamaki Higashi vs Tohoku

16:00 - Miyokonojosho vs Chiben Wakayama

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