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9th BFA AAA Asia Championship: Japan beats Korea, 6-1

by on Aug.28, 2011 @ 7:35 pm, under High School
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Schedule and Scores

Date Gm Gp Time Team 1 Score Team 2 Venue
8/28 1 B 10:30 Pakistan 0-33 Chinese Taipei Yokosuka Stadium
2 A 10:30 Sri Lanka 0-20 Korea Hodagaya Kanagawa Stadium
3 B 14:00 Hong Kong 0-23 Japan Hodagaya Kanagawa Stadium
4 A 14:00 Thailand 4-7 Philippines Yokosuka Stadium
8/29 5 A 10:30 Sri Lanka 8-4 Thailand Yokohama Stadium
6 B 10:30 Hong Kong 0-14 Chinese Taipei Hodagaya Kanagawa Stadium
7 B 14:00 Japan 34-0 Pakistan Yokohama Stadium
8 A 14:00 Philippines 0-17 Korea Hodagaya Kanagawa Stadium
8/30 9 B 10:30 Pakistan 1-27 Hong Kong Yokohama Stadium
10 A 10:30 Philippines 4-3 Sri Lanka Hodagaya Kanagawa Stadium
11 B 14:00 Chinese Taipei 1-3 Japan Yokohama Stadium
12 A 14:00 Korea 20-0 Thailand Hodagaya Kanagawa Stadium
8/31 Day Off
9/1
8/31
13 10:30 Hong Kong 7-4 Thailand Yokosuka Stadium
14 10:30 Japan 13-1 Philippines Yokohama Stadium
15 14:00 Sri Lanka 20-0 Pakistan Yokosuka Stadium
16 14:00 Korea 4-3 Chinese Taipei Yokohama Stadium
9/2
9/1
Championship Game
17 9:00 Japan 6-1 Korea Yokohama Stadium
3rd & 4th Place
18 9:00 Philippines 0-10 Chinese Taipei Yokosuka Stadium
5th & 6th Place
19 12:30 Thailand 2-6 Sri Lanka Yokohama Stadium
7th & 8th Place
20 11:30 Hong Kong 29-0 Pakistan Yokosuka Stadium
Closing Ceremonies Yokohama Stadium

UPDATE 8/30 - The BFA AAA Asia Championship committee decided to push the final two days of the tournament up by one day due to typhoon 12. 9/2 will become a make-up day.

UPDATE 8/31 - Nikkan Sports has a slightly different schedule for the final day (the times listed above were taken from the Japan High School Baseball Federation site):

Japan vs Korea @ 9:00
Philippines vs Chinese Taipei @ 9:00
Thailand vs Sri Lanka @ 12:30
Hong Kong vs Pakistan @ 11:30

UPDATE 9/1 - Schedule for final day updated.

Official Baseball Federation of Japan Schedule with links to box scores.

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August 28

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Japan 2 3 1 2 11 4 23
Hong Kong 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Attendance: 5,000

Hiroaki Saiuchi started the game tossed 3 perfect innings and struck out 5 (he threw a total 32 pitches and topped out at 142km/h).

Kentaro Yoshinaga entered the game in the bottom of the 6th and struck out the side.

Japan sent 16 batters the plate in the 5th inning. While Japan didn't hit any home runs, they did bang out 19 hits for 23 runs.

Nine NPB/MLB teams had scouts at the game.

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August 29

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 16 10 4 4 x 34

In addition to the 18 hits Japan collected, Pakistan also committed 12 errors.

Japan sent 21 batters to the plate in the 1st inning and 16 batters to the plate in the 2nd inning.

Sho Azegami and Seigo Yada each hit inside-the-park homers.

Azegami also lead the offense with 6 RBI. Toshitake Yokoo and Tetsuya Usuda each drove in 5 runs a piece. Shuhei Takahashi had 4 RBI.

Yoshinao Kamata started the game for Japan and tossed 2 shutout innings while allowing 1 hit. He also struck out 6.

Sources:

日本が34点大勝で2連勝/高校野球

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August 30

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Japan 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Hiroaki Saiuchi started the game for Japan and allowed 1 run to score in the bottom of the 3rd on an RBI infield single (3.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R).

Shogo Noda entered the game in the bottom of the 4th, with runners on first and third and 1 out, and struck out 2 straight to get out of the inning. He stayed in the game after that and faced a total 20 batters before leaving in the 9th. He also topped out at 144km/h.

Kentaro Yoshinaga replaced Noda in the bottom of the 9th, with runners on second and third and 1 out, and struck out two batters in a row to end the game.

Shuhei Takahashi (1-for-3, RBI, BB) drove in the first run of the game for Japan in the top of the 3rd with a 1-out RBI single to right. One out later, Sho Azegami (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) followed with an RBI single to right of his own. Seigo Yada (1-for-3, RBI, BB, SO) was responsible for driving in the third and final run in the top of the 6th with a 2-out RBI single to center.

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August 31

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Philippines 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Japan 1 5 6 1 0 0 x 13

Ryuya Matsumoto started the game and gave up a run over 3 innings of work (2 H, 2 BB, 4 K). Yujo Kitagata (1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) and Yoshinao Kamata (2 H, 0 BB, 4 K) followed with 2 shutout innings of work a peice.

Japan sent 10 players to the plate in the bottom of the 3rd.

Rintaro Kitagawa went 1-for-2: 2nd - HBP, 3rd - 3-run triple to left-center (made the score 9-1), 5th - foul out to third.

Shuhei Takahashi went 2-for-3: 1st - ground out to first, 2nd - RBI single to center (thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double), 3rd - RBI double to right, 6th - walk.

Toshitake Yokoo went 1-for-4: 1st - single to left, 3rd - ground out to short, 3rd - fly out to center, 6th - GIDP.

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September 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Japan 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 6
Korea 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

Kentaro Yoshinaga tossed a complete game and allowed 1 hit and struck out 13 (with at least one strikeout in each inning). He also topped out at 147km/h.

Shuhei Takahashi went 3-for-5: pop out to the pitcher, 2-run homer to right-center, infield single, 2-run double to right, fly out to center.

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Awards

Award Player Country Stat
Most Valuable Player Shuhei Takahashi JPN
Best ERA Kentaro Yoshinaga JPN 0.00
Best Batting Average Hong Sheng Yang TPE .611
Most Wins Kang Sheng Li TPE 3
Most RBI Shuhei Takahashi JPN 13
Most Home Runs Tsung Hsien Lee TPE 2
Most Stolen Bases Min Woo Park KOR 8
Most Runs Scored Tetsuya Usuda JPN 10
Outstanding Defensive Player Jin Su Byeon KOR

All-Star Team

Pos Player Country
RHP Kentaro Yoshinaga JPN
LHP Shogo Noda JPN
C Kensuke Kondo JPN
1B Seigo Yada JPN
2B Hong Sheng Yang TPE
3B Ji Hyuk Ryu KOR
SS Shuhei Takahashi JPN
OF Tzu Wei Lin TPE
OF Sho Azegami JPN
OF Koo Sung Kang KOR
DH Shunsuke Michibata JPN

Other Notes

Seigo Yada recorded an RBI in all 5 tournament games.

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High School National Baseball Team: 8/27/2011 Update

by on Aug.27, 2011 @ 3:52 am, under High School
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The High School National Baseball Team (Team Japan) played a practice game against Kanto Gakuin University on Friday and was defeated 3-2.

Team Japan scored the first run of the game in the 7th inning when lead-off batter Kazuya Miyauchi hit an RBI single to left with runners on first and third and and 1 out.  They tacked on another run in the top of the 9th before losing the game in the bottom of the 9th when Ryuya Matsumoto gave up 3 runs on 3 walks and 2 extra base hits.

Shuhei Takahashi went 0-for-4 in the game.

6 pitches, including Yoshinao Kamata (starter, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R)and Kentaro Yoshinaga (pitched in the 6th), combined to toss 8 shutout innings.

This was the last practice game Team Japan will play before the start of the BFA AAA Asia Championship.

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High School National Baseball Team: 8/26/2011 Update

by on Aug.26, 2011 @ 11:47 am, under High School
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A few notes from various reports (this post will be updated as need throughout the day):

  • 6 scouts from 4 NPB and MLB teams were at yesterday's game between Team Japan and Yokohama Shoka University.
  • Manager Motonori Watanabe told Nikkan Sports he still isn't sure who to bat 3 and 5, but is sure about batting Shuhei Takahashi fourth.  He's also been quoted by Daily Sports as saying that he was happy with Takahashi fourth and Toshitake Yokoo fifth, with the rest just falling into place as needed.
  • Hiroaki Saiuchi on his shaky outing yesterday: "It's been a while since I struggled with my control so much, it felt a little strange.  I think I'll be relied on as a closer, so I want to make sure I'm ready [in time for the tournament]."

Sources:

東海大甲府・高橋JAPAN4番で先制打

聖光学院・歳内ヒヤヒヤ抑えデビュー

英明・松本パーフェク投で日本代表快勝

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High School National Baseball Team: 8/25/2011 Update

by on Aug.25, 2011 @ 4:51 pm, under High School
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Sports Hochi reports that Hiroaki Saiuchi will likely be the team closer with Shuhei Takahashi the clean-up batter.

Manager Motonori Watanabe's comments...

On Saiuchi being closer: "I'm thinking of making Saiuchi the closer. The fact he can get a strikeout is a big reason. I've never seen a high school pitcher throw a splitter like his."

On Takahashi being the clean-up hitter: "He's something else. It doesn't matter that he didn't make Summer Koshien."

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The High School National Baseball Team also played a practice game against Yokohama Shoka University (first and second year students) today and beat them, 3-1.

Final Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Yokohama Shoka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Team Japan 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 x 3

Pitchers Used

Ryuya Matsumoto: 3 IP, 0 H, 4 SO, 0 R
Yujo Kitagata: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 SO, 0 R
Shogo Noda: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 R
Juri Hara: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R
Hiroaki Saiuchi: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 SO, 1 R

Batting Order

Tetsuya Usuda (RF), Kazuya Miyauchi (2B), Seigo Yada (1B), Shuhei Takahashi (SS), Toshitake Yokoo (3B), Sho Azegami (CF), Rintaro Kitagawa (LF), Shunsuke Michibata (C), Kensuke Kondo (DH).

Scoring Summary

Shuhei Takahashi drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to center in the 1st. The other two runs scored in the 4th with the help of a fielding error (E7) in the 4th - Rintaro Kitagawa hit a single to left with runners on first and second and the left fielder committed a fielding error that allowed both runners on base to score.

The lone run allowed came in the 9th with Hiroaki Sauichi on the mound for Team Japan. Aftera walk, a stolen base, and E3, and a walk loaded the bases, Saiuchi threw a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. He then settled down and struck out the next two batters and got the final out on a fly ball to center.

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JHBF: 18-man roster set for 9th BFA AAA Asia Championships

by on Aug.20, 2011 @ 11:22 pm, under High School
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) posted the 18-man roster that will be representing Japan at the upcoming 9th BFA AAA Asia Championships (8/28 - 9/2).

Pos Name (JPN) Name (ENG) High School
P 吉永健太朗 Yoshinaga, Kentaro NichiDaiSan
P 原樹理 Hara, Juri ToyoDai Himeji
P 釜田佳直 Kamata, Yoshinao Kanazawa
P 歳内宏明 Saiuchi, Hiroaki Seiko Gakuin
P 松本竜也 Matsumoto, Ryuya Eimei
P 北方悠誠 Kitagata, Yujo Karatsu Shogyo
P 野田昇吾 Noda, Shogo Kagoshima Jitsugyo
C 道端俊輔 Michibata, Shunsuke Chiben Wakayama
C 近藤健介 Kondo, Kensuke Yokohama
C 佐藤大貢 Sato, Hirotsugu TokaiDai Sagami
INF 板崎直人 Itazaki, Naoto Sakushin Gakuin
INF 横尾俊建 Yokoo, Toshitake NichiDaiSan
INF 宮内和也 Miyauchi, Kazuya Narashino
INF 高橋周平 Takahashi, Shuhei TokaiDai Kofu
INF 谷田成吾 Yada, Seigo Keio Gijuku
OF 畔上翔 Azegami, Sho NichiDaiSan
OF 北川倫太郎 Kitagawa, Rintaro Meitoku Gijuku
OF 臼田哲也 Usuda, Tetsuya TokaiDai Sagami
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BFA AAA Asia Championship to take place as originally scheduled, take two

by on Jun.16, 2011 @ 1:00 am, under Other
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The Baseball Federation of Japan held a AAA Asia Championship committee meeting in Osaka on Wednesday (6/15) and once again deliberated whether or not they should hold the tournament and once again decided that it will take place as originally scheduled (between 8/28 and 9/2).

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BFA AAA Asia Championship to take place as originally scheduled

by on Jun.04, 2011 @ 12:00 am, under Other
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The Baseball Federation of Japan announced today that the 9th BFA AAA Asia Championship (18 and under) will take place as originally scheduled.

The tournament will take place between 8/28 and 9/2 at places like Yokohama Stadium and will involve teams from 8 different countries, including Korea and Taiwan.

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High School Baseball News and Notes from May 27, 2011

by on May.27, 2011 @ 10:20 pm, under High School
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) reappointed Takayasu Okushima (奥島孝康) as chairperson during a trustee's meeting today.  Shimane High School Baseball Federation's chairperson, Jun (?) Oshima (大島淳), was named the new vice chairperson.  Both positions come with 2-year terms.

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The JHBF named Urawa Gakuin High School (Saitama) manager Osamu Mori and Seiko Gakuin High School (Fukushima) manager Tomoya Saito as coaches for the National High School team that will be competing at the AAA Asia Championship (6-day tournament that begins on 8/28 in Yokohama and Yokosuka, Kanagawa).

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The JHBF decided on updated rules (including 5 or fewer scholarship students per grade; no disbursement of living expenses outside of tuition fees and other school-related expenses) for students that require scholarships.  The updated rules will take effect next year.

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Three high schools in Fukushima (Futabashoyo High School, Tomioka High School, and Soma Nogyo High School) applied for permission to take part in the Fukushima Tournament in a joint effort.  The final team would contain 14 players from Futabashoyo, 1 player from Tomioka, and 3 players from Soma Nogyo.  The mixed team is scheduled to take part in their first practice on the 29th.

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BFA AAA Asia Championship preliminary rosters released

by on Apr.03, 2011 @ 10:32 pm, under High School
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The preliminary rosters for this year's BFA AAA Asia Championship were released today.

Pos Name (JPN) Name (ENG) High School Year Ht Wt T/B
P 近藤 正崇 Kondo, Masataka TokaiDai Sagami 3 182 81 R/R
P 吉永 健太朗 Yoshinaga, Kentaro NichiDai San 3 182 80 R/R
P 野村 亮介 Nomura, Ryosuke Seisei 3 187 80 R/R
P 葛西 侑也 Kassai, Yukiya OgakiNichiDai 3 176 73 L/L
P 井上 真伊人 Inoue, Maito Kakogawa Kita 3 178 71 R/R
P 竹内 勇太 Takeuchi, Yuta Jonan 3 182 79 R/R
P 三好 匠 Miyoshi, Takumi Kyushu KokusaiDai Fuzoku 3 173 70 R/R
P 松田 遼馬 Matsuda, Ryoma Hasami 3 183 85 R/R
P 野田 昇吾 Noda, Shogo Kagoshima Jitsu 3 167 64 L/L
C 近藤 健介 Kondo, Kensuke Yokohama 3 172 78 R/L
C 佐藤 大貢 Sato, Hirotsugu TokaiDai Sagami 3 182 83 R/R
C 坂本 誠志郎 Sakamoto, Seishiro Riseisha 3 174 73 R/R
C 道端 俊輔 Michibata, Shunsuke Chiben Wakayama 3 175 80 R/R
C 高城 俊人 Takajo, Shuto Kyushu KokusaiDai Fuzoku 3 177 80 R/R
INF 長谷川 頌磨 Hasegawa, Shoma Tenri 3 178 74 L/L
INF 揚村 恭平 Agemura, Kyohei Kagoshima Jitsu 3 180 92 R/R
INF 正木 健太郎 Masaki, Kentaro Riseisha 3 173 67 R/L
INF 田村 龍弘 Tamura, Tatsuhiro Kosei Gakuin 2 171 77 R/R
INF 横尾 俊建 Yokoo, Toshitake NichiDai San 3 176 82 R/R
INF 小林 賢剛 Kobayashi, Kengo Urawa Gakuin 3 176 72 R/L
INF 石井 元 Ishii, Gen Riseisha 3 181 74 R/R
OF 畔上 翔 Azegami, Sho NichiDai San 3 178 80 L/L
OF 畑 和来 Hata, Kazuki OgakiNichiDai 3 173 63 R/L
OF 臼田 哲也 Usuda, Tetsuya TokaiDai Sagami 3 180 70 R/R
OF 海部 大斗 Kaifu, Hiroto Riseisha 3 180 74 R/L
OF 山下 翼 Yamashita, Tsubasa Kyushu Gakuin 3 173 61 R/B
OF 渡辺 勝 Watanabe, Masaru TokaiDai Sagami 3 173 70 R/L
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