野球甲子園 koshien

WASEDA TAKES HOME FIRST SUMMER TITLE

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at KOSHIEN

It'll be one of the most histrical games in the Japanese high school baseball, which is called the first rematch in Final since a game of Matsuyama-Syo and Misawa in 1969. Waseda-Jitsugyo deserved first summer title over two straight champion Komadai-Tomakomai next day after they fought 15 innings into a draw game on Sunday. Both ace pitchers, Yuki Saito of Waseda and Masahiro Tanaka of Tomakomai, made it amaze and impress who witness their pitching with brave and sportsmanship.

Saito, who allowed 6 hits including 2 homeruns with no walk in 9 innings on Monday, effectively threw breaking balls to collect 13 strikeouts after 7 hits and 4 walks in 15 innings Sunday. In a while, Tanaka, who had given 7 hits and 3 walks midway through 12 2/3 inning on draw game, also relieved starter Syota Kikuchi after 2 outs in the 1st but gave the opponent scoring oppotunities from walks in every earning-runs innings this day. But nobody couldn't blame him. West-Tokyo side pitcher more calmed down in good luck.

This year, Waseda might be supported by not only people concerned with school but a lot of people all around Japan, who may love the guraduated players, Softbank Hawks manager Sadaharu Oh or Seibu Lions pitching coach Daisuke Araki. Though it's very sorry that South-Hokkaido team's ambitious for three-peat had broken out, you sending a warm look to both players, reluctantly ends the 88th high school baseball tornament championship at Koshien.

match results:

The 88th Summer Tournament at Koshien
Final

Komadai-Tomakomai 1-1 Waseda-Jitsugyo (20 Aug)*
*15th inning before Both Forced Rematch

Komadai-Tomakomai 3-4 Waseda-Jitsugyo (21 Aug)
W:Saito
L:Kikuchi

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TANAKA CREATES A CHANCE OF THREE-PEAT FOR TOMAKOMAI

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at KOSHIEN

Komadai-Tomakomai's ace pitcher Masahiro Tanaka relieved Masahiro Okada from on the way of the 2nd and showed strong pitching to contribute a win over Chiben-Wakayama in the Semifainals of the Tournamnt at Koshien. Tanaka allowed 4 hits and a run with 2 walks over 8 innings. Especially his breaking ball was marvellous enough to collect ten strikeouts from a Kinki region team, whose slugger Ryosuke Hiroi was stopped tournament tie record 5th homerun to end no hits and 3 strikeout of 5 at-bats.

Now one more win to three consecutive win of the tournamnet for Tomakomai. The Hokkaido team meets Waseda-Jitsugyo of the West-Tokyo side, which is the guraduated-school of WBC Japan Team and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks manager Sadaharu Oh. The title holder may have to fight with a lot of people cheering Oh.

match result:

The 88th Summer Tournament at Koshien
Semifainals (19 Aug)

Chiben-Wakayama 4-7 Komadai-Tomakomai
W:Tanaka
L:Matsuguma
*Tomakomai Faces Waseda-Jitsugyo in Final

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TOMAKOMAI ADVANCES TO SEMI PAST HIMEJI

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at KOSHIEN

Komadai-Tomakomai aiming three-peat deserved a win over home Toyodai-Himeji 4-5 in the quarterfinals of the national high-school baseball championship 2006. In 7th inning, Tadao Mitani's infield single, or the fielding error between firstbaseman and pitcher I thought, gave Tomakomai a big winning run to home the third-base runnner Yamaguchi, who walked to enter the ininng and advanced to third after a sac bunt and a groundball to shortstop. Himeji led the game since first inning with four runs including Ryo Hayashizaki's two-run homer in 1st. Starter Kinya Tobiishi limited the South-Hokkaido team to just a hit and a walk until he allowed them to equarlize infielders' bad fieldings and 4 consecutive hittings in 6th.

Title-holder's ace pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had bad performances this day but ended the game breaking through the danger when he got the jam in 8th and a runner on 3rd in 9th. Tomakomai maybe lucky to score runs thanks to the opponent's errors. Next round semis, it's anxious how Tanaka has his tiredness in front of 1997 and 2000 winner Chiben-Wakayama, who had a walk-off win against Teikyo on the same day.

match result:

The 88th Summer Tournament at Koshien
Quarterfinals (17 Aug)

Toyodai-Himeji 4-5 Komadai-Tomakomai
W:Tanaka
L:Inui
*Tomakomai Meets Chiben-Wakayama in Semifinals

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HIMEJI SEES OFF KIRYU into QF

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at KOSHIEN

Toyodai-Himeji won against Kiryu-Daiichi the 3rd round match of the 88th Summer Tournament at Koshien. Home team in Hyogo prefecture took an advantage to score each run in the first three innings including Ryo Hayashizaki's homer in 1st. The North Kanto region high-school cut the deficit at 2 with no hits and a wild pitch by Himeji's Kinya Tobiishi in 2nd. But Tobiishi allowed two hits and two runs with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts in 7 innings to hand ace pitcher Masahiro Inui to end the game.

The 1999 Champion, Kiryu made a chance to score with one out and bases loaded in 7th, but missed to be struck out next two batters. The 1977 winner, Himeji advenced to quarterfinals and I wonder if they meet Semifainal opponent at that time, Imabari-Nishi.

match result:

The 88th Summer Tournament at Koshien
3rd round (15 Aug)

Kiryu-Daiichi 2-5 Toyodai-Himeji
W:Tobiishi
S:Inui
L:Ikoshi
*Himeji into QF against Komadai-Tomakomai

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FOR STRAIGHT VICTORY

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at KOSHIEN

There was the meet of former champions, last summer champion Komadai-Tomakomai of Hokkaido and 77th tournament's champ Osaka-Toin of Osaka, in the semi-final of Summer Tournament at Koshien on July 19.

Tomakomai's bats got early lead and starter Masahiro Tanaka limited no-run to Osaka's school through 7th inning. Toin's starter Takanobu Tsujiuchi, who homered over the left-center field to cut the defisits in seventh, didn't allow runs to go for extra-inning after gave five runs in second.

The game had ended in 10th inning when Hiroto Tsuji hit double to score a runner Yuya Hayashi, who got double to open the inning, and reliever Shunsuke Yoshioka, who replace Tanaka in the eighth to make good controlled pitches, struck out Toin's slugger Ryosuke Hirata, who homered the three times in one game at quarter final against Tohoku of Miyagi on the day before, to end the game. Then the Hokkaido's school had gotten the right to reach the second straight victory of Summer Tournament.

Next Day Tomakomai's boys had won the 2nd consective title over Kyoto-Gaidai Nishi of Kyoto. But a scandal came to light that there were violence incidents during the club. I think, players to be beaten by Tomakomai, they seemes to be saddest and most regrettable of all.

match results:

The 87th Summer Tournament at Koshien
Semi Fainal (19 Aug)
Komadai-Tomakomai 6-5 Osaka-Toin*
W:Yoshioka
L:Tsujiuchi
* 10th inning

Final (20 Aug)
Kyoto-Gaidai Nishi 3-5 Komadai-Tomakomai
W:Tanaka
L:Honda

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