Category: Amateur

[4/12/2018] Summer Koshien Ticket Price Increases

The steering committee for the 100th Summer Koshien held a meeting in Osaka on April 11 and approved revisions for ticket sales and costs.

Price changes

  • Outfield Seats (adults) = free → 500 yen
  • Outfield Seats (children) = free → 100 yen
  • Center Special Seats (behind home plate) = 2000 yen, non-reserved → advance purchase only, 2800 yen, reserved
  • First / Third Base Special Seats (adults) = 1500 yen → 2000 yen
  • First / Third Base Special Seats (children) = 600 yen → 800 yen
  • Alps Seats = 600 yen → 800 yen

The Japan High School Baseball Federation made the decision to raise prices due to accidents caused by fans waiting in long lines for games. The extra money raised will be put towards a fund for high school baseball.

Source: JHBF 4/11/2018, Sponichi 4/11/2018, Sponichi 4/12/2018, Sanspo 4/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2018, Daily Sports 4/11/2018

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[4/12/2018] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on April 10 to determine punishments for the following cases:

University

Game Suspensions

東海大北海道
Tokai U, Hokkaido Campus
未成年の飲酒
Underage drinking
3月21日から4月29日まで
From March 21 until April 29

High School

Suspensions

岩見沢緑陵(北海道)の監督
Iwamizawa Ryokuryo (Hokkaido) manager
部員の喫煙を隠蔽
Smoking (cover-up)
3月22日から1年間
One year beginning on March 22
盛岡中央(岩手)の監督
Morioka Chuo (Iwate) manager
酒気帯び運転、事故
Driving under the influence, accident
2月9日から1年間
One year beginning on February 9
桐生西(群馬)の責任教師
Kiryu Nishi (Gunma) supervising teacher
酒気帯び運転、事故
Driving under the influence, accident
3月2日から1年間
One year beginning on March 2
京葉工(千葉)の監督
Keiyo Kogyo (Chiba) manager
入試の不正行為
Entrance Exam Misconduct
3月7日から2年間
Two years beginning on March 7
校名非公表のコーチ
Undisclosed high school coach
部内暴力と部員への破廉恥行為
Violence (internal) and shameful conduct (internal)
3月2日から無期限
Indefinite beginnign on March 2
京華(東京)の監督
Keika (Tokyo) manager
新入生徒練習参加規定違反
Violation of new student practice regulations
3月17日から1年間
One year beginning on March 17
大東(島根)の監督
Daito (Shimane) manager
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
3月14日から3カ月間
Three months beginning on March 14

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Source: Mainichi 4/10/2018, Jiji 4/10/2018

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[4/4/2018] Osaka Toin wins 2018 Spring Koshien

Osaka Toin beat Chiben Wakayama 5-2 in the finals game of the 2018 Spring Koshien earlier today.

Osaka’s Akira Neo recorded a nine-inning complete game victory. He allowed two runs on six hits, a walk, and three hit batsmen. He faced thirty-six, threw 140 pitches, and struck out six. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. Kyota Fujiwara got the start in center for Osaka and batted clean-up. He went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Ryuki Hirata made an appearance on the mound for Chiben Wakayama in the seventh inning. He faced six and allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits and a walk. Hirata came off a 180-pitch win against Tokai Dai Sagami on Tuesday.

Osaka Toin became just the third school in tournament history to win back-to-back spring tournaments. The other two schools were Daiichi Shinko Shogyo (1929 and 1930) and PL Gakuen (1981 and 1982).

Total attendance over the entire tournament was announced at 540,000. This marked the third consecutive year the tournament drew over 500,000 fans.

Source: Daily Sports 4/4/2018, Sanpo 4/4/2018

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90th Spring Koshien Schedule

First Round

Date Start Gm First Base Score Third Base
03/16 (Fri) 09:00 Bracket Selection
03/23 (Fri) 09:00 Opening Ceremonies
  10:30 1 Tochiku
(Fukuoka)
Seiko Gakuin
(Fukushima)
  13:00 2 Eimei
(Kagawa)
Kokugakuin Tochigi
(Tochigi)
  15:30 3 Meishu Gakuen Hitachi
(Ibaraki)
Setouchi
(Hiroshima)
03/24 (Sat) 09:00 1 Yuri Kogyo
(Akita)
NichiDaiSan
(Tokyo)

Second Round

Date Start Gm First Base Score Third Base
03/24 (Sat) 11:30 2 Shizuoka
(Shizuoka)
KomazawaDai Tomakomai
(Hokkaido)
  14:00 3 Nihon Koku Ishikawa
(Ishikawa)
Zeze
(Shiga)
03/25 (Sun) 09:00 1 Meitoku Gijuku
(Kochi)
Chuo Gakuin
(Chiba)
  11:30 2 Toyama Shogyo
(Toyama)
Chiben Wakayama
(Wakayama)
  14:00 3 Chiben Gakuen
(Nara)
NichiDai Yamagata
(Yamagata)
03/26 (Mon) 09:00 1 Shimonoseki Kokusai
(Yamaguchi)
Soseikan
(Nagasaki)
  11:30 2 Osaka Toin
(Osaka)
Imari
(Saga)
  14:00 3 Hanamaki Higashi
(Iwate)
Toho
(Aichi)
03/27 (Tue) 09:00 1 Winner Game 1-1 TokaiDai Sagami
(Kanagawa)
  11:30 2 Winner Game 1-2 Nabeoka Gakuen
(Miyazaki)
  14:00 3 Winner Game 1-3 Kochi
(Kochi)
03/28 (Wed) 09:00 1 Hikone Higashi
(Shiga)
Keio
(Kanagawa)
  11:30 2 Otokuni
(Kyoto)
Okayama Sanyo
(Okayama)
  14:00 3 Matsuyama Seiryo
(Ehime)
Omi
(Shiga)
03/29 (Thu) 09:00 1 Seiryo
(Ishikawa)
Tomishima
(Miyazaki)
  11:30 2 Winner Game 2-1 Mie
(Mie)

Third Round

Date Start Gm First Base Score Third Base
03/29 (Thu) 14:00 3    
03/30 (Fri) 09:00 1    
  11:30 2    
  14:00 3    
03/31 (Sat) 08:30 1    
  11:00 2    
  13:30 3    
  16:00 4    

Quarterfinals

Date Start Gm First Base Score Third Base
04/01 (Sun) 08:30 1    
  11:00 2    
  13:30 3    
  16:00 4    

Semifinals

Date Start Gm First Base Score Third Base
04/03 (Tue) 11:00 1    
  13:30 2    

Finals

Date Start Gm First Base Score Third Base
04/04 (Wed) 12:30    
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[3/2/2018] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on March 2 to determine punishments for the following cases:

College

Game Suspensions

白鴎大
Hakuoh
未成年の部員の飲酒
Underage drinking
2月16日から1カ月
One month beginning on February 16

High School

Game Suspensions

高槻北(大阪)
Takatsuki Kita (Osaka)
部員の窃盗、盗品授受
Stealing, dealing in stolen goods
1月31日から7月6日
From January 31 to July 6
太成学院大(大阪)
Taisei Gakiun (Osaka)
部員の部内暴力、暴言
Violence (internal), violent language
1月22日から1カ月
One month beginning on January 22
田無(東京)
Tanashi (Tokyo)
部員の部内いじめ
Bullying (internal)
1月27日から3カ月
Three months beginning on January 27
稲生(三重)
Ino (Mie)
部員の喫煙
Smoking
2月20日から3カ月
Three months beginning on February 20

Suspensions

岩倉(東京)のコーチ
Iwakura (Tokyo) coach
部内暴力、報告遅れ
Violence (internal) and delayed report
1月28日から6カ月
Six months beginning on Janusry 28
岩倉(東京)の監督
Iwakura (Tokyo) manager
報告遅れ
Delayed report
1月28日から3カ月
Three months beginning on January 28
賀茂(広島)の監督
Kamo (Hiroshima) manager
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
2月4日から1カ月
One month beginning on February 4
輝翔館中教校の監督
Kishokan Chu Kyoko (Fukuoka) manager
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
1月24日から1カ月
One month beginning on January 24
成瀬(東京)の監督
Naruse (Tokyo) manager
盗撮
Secret filming
1月30日から1年間
One year beginning on January 30
初芝橋本(和歌山)の部長
Hatsushiba Hashimoto (Wakayama) director
下宿費用不正使用
Unauthorized use of boarding fees
1月15日から1年間
One year beginning on January 15
遠軽(北海道)の部長と監督
Engaru (Hokkaido) director and manager (at the time)
報告遅れ
Delayed report
2月13日から3カ月
Three months beginning on February 13

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Source: Jiji 3/2/2018

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[2/28/2018] 90th Spring Koshien: Practice Schedule

The Koshien Stadium practice schedule for the thirty-six high school participating in the 90th Spring Koshien were released today. The practices will take place over a three-day period beginning on March 18. Each school will have thirty minutes on the field.

Bracket selections will begin at 09:00 on March 16 at the Oval Hall in Osaka.


Practice Schedule

March 18 – start at 08:30 (thirty minutes per school)

  • Otokuni
  • Seiryo
  • Zeze
  • Shizuoka
  • Eimei

March 19 – start at 09:00 (thirty minutes per school)

  • Hanamaki Higashi
  • Yuri Kogyo
  • Matsuyama Seiryo
  • Hikone Higashi
  • Omi
  • Toyama Shogyo
  • NichiDaiSan
  • NichiDai Yamagata
  • Mie
  • Soseikan
  • Kokugakuin Tochigi
  • Chiben Gakuen
  • Osaka Toin
  • Chuo Gakuin
  • Shimonoseki Kokusai

March 20 – start at 08:30 (thirty minutes per school)

  • Keio
  • Meitoku Gijuku
  • Setouchi
  • TokaiDai Sagami
  • Chiben Wakayama
  • KomazawaDai Tomakomai
  • Meishu Gakuen Hitachi
  • Seiko Gakuin
  • Kochi
  • Tochiku
  • Okayama Sanyo
  • Nabeoka Gakuen
  • Imari
  • Nihon Koku Ishikawa
  • Tomishima
  • Toho

Source: Sponichi 2/28/2018, Mainichi 2/28/2018

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[1/30/2018] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on January 30 to determine punishments for the following cases:

High School

Game Suspensions

玉村(群馬)
Tamamura (Gunma)
部員の部内いじめ
Bullying (internal)
17年11月15日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 15, 2017

Suspensions

鹿児島商(鹿児島)の監督
Kagoshima Shogyo (Kagoshima) manager
中学生の不正勧誘
Illegal recruitment of junior high school students
2017年12月1日から2年間
Two years beginning on December 1, 2017
鹿児島商(鹿児島)の部長
Kagoshima Shogyo (Kagoshima) director
中学生の不正勧誘
Illegal recruitment of junior high school students
2017年12月1日から1年間
One year beginning on December 1, 2017
鹿児島商(鹿児島)のコーチ2人
Kagoshima Shogyo (Kagoshima) coaches (two)
中学生の不正勧誘
Illegal recruitment of junior high school students
2017年12月1日から6カ月
Six months beginning on December 1, 2017
関根学園(新潟)の監督
Sekine Gakuen (Niigata) manager
部内暴力、報告遅れ
Violence (internal), delayed report
17年12月9日から6カ月
Six months beginning on December 9, 2017
関根学園(新潟)の部長
Sekine Gakuen (Niigata) director
報告遅れ
Delayed report
今年1月17日から3カ月
Three months beginning on January 17
校名非公表の監督
Undisclosed School manager
わいせつ行為、部内暴言, Indecent behavior, violent language 無期(肩書は当時)
Indefinite

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Source: Jiji 1/30/2018

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[1/27/2018] Summer Koshien: Outfield seats will no longer be free

The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced on January 24 that the steering committee for the 100th Summer Koshien decided that outfield seats will no longer be free. Special central seats behind home plate will all become advance reserved seats. Additional details, like cost and purchase methods, will be decided in April.

Revenue from ticket sales will help fund the council for High School Baseball: A 200 Year Concept.

The steering committee also approved additional details for the 100th Summer Koshien.

  • fifty-six school will participate in the tournament, seven more than usual
  • the tournament will begin on August 5 at Koshien Stadium
  • the tournament will last for seventeen days (including day off), two days longer than usual
  • assuming no cancellations, the day off will take place on August 19 with the finals game on August 21
  • bracket selections for the first three rounds will take place on August 2 at Festival Hall in Osaka
  • tie-break rules will used

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2018, Daily Sports 1/24/2018, Tokyo Sports 1/24/2018, Sponichi 1/24/2018, Sanspo 1/24/2018, Daily Sports 1/24/2018

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[1/26/2018] 90th Spring Koshien High Schools

Slot Prefecture School JPN School ENG Appearances Region Tournament
Hokkaido Hokkaido 駒大苫小牧 KomazawaDai Tomakomai 4 Championship
Tohoku Fukushima 聖光学院 Seiko Gakuin 5 Championship
  Iwate 花巻東 Hanamaki Higashi 3 Runner-up
  Yamagata 日大山形 NichiDai Yamagata 4 Top Four
Kanto Chiba 中央学院 Chuo Gakuin 1 Championship
  Ibaraki 明秀学園日立 Meishu Gakuen Hitachi 1 Runner-up
  Kanagawa 東海大相模 TokaiDai Sagami 10 Top Four
  Kanagawa 慶 応 Keio 9 Top Four
  Tochigi 国学院栃木 Kokugakuin Tochigi 4 Top Eight
Tokyo Tokyo 日大三 NichiDaiSan 20 Championship
Tokai Shizuoka 静 岡 Shizuoka 17 Championship
  Aichi 東 邦 Toho 29 Runner-up
  Mie 三 重 Mie 13 Top Four
Hokushinetsu Ishikawa 日本航空石川 Nihon Koku Ishikawa 1 Championship
  Ishikawa 星 稜 Seiryo 12 Runner-up
  Toyama 富山商 Toyama Shogyo 6 Top Four
Kinki Osaka 大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin 10 Championship
  Wakayama 智弁和歌山 Chiben Wakayama 12 Runner-up
  Shiga 近 江 Omi 5 Top Four
  Kyoto 乙 訓 Otokuni 1 Top Four
  Nara 智弁学園 Chiben Gakuen 12 Top Eight
  Shiga 彦根東 Hikone Higashi 4 Top Eight
Chugoku Okayama おかやま山陽 Okayama Sanyo 1 Championship
  Yamaguchi 下関国際 Shimonoseki Kokusai 1 Runner-up
  Hiroshima 瀬戸内 Setouchi 3 Top Four
Shikoku Kochi 明徳義塾 Meitoku Gijuku 18 Championship
  Kagawa 英 明 Eimei 2 Runner-up
  Ehime 松山聖陵 Matsuyama Seiryo 1 Top Four
  Kochi 高 知 Kochi 18 Top Eight
Kyushu Nagasaki 創成館 Soseikan 3 Championship
  Miyazaki 富 島 Tomishima 1 Runner-up
  Miyazaki 延岡学園 Nabeoka Gakuen 3 Top Four
  Fukuoka 東 筑 Tochiku 3 Top Four
21st Century Akita 由利工 Yuri Kogyo 1 Top Four
  Shiga 膳 所 Zeze 4 Top Eight
  Saga 伊万里 Imari 1 Runner-up
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[1/23/2018] Automatic Intentional Walks coming to the NPB in 2018

The joint regulation committee for professional and amateur baseball met on January 11 to discuss changes to the rule book. Among changes that will be made to the official rule book:

  • pitchers will no longer be penalized for two-stage deliveries. Pitchers can still be warned. Balks can still be called at the amateur level, but will not be called at the professional level. For amateur, will be used at College and Industrial League levels. Still under review at High School level.
  • automatic intentional walks can be used at any time during an at bat. Will be used at College and Industrial League levels. Still under review at High School level.
  • no playing catch in front of the dugout

The changes are being made based on what is used in the international rule book.

The NPB met in Tokyo on January 22 and went over the rules for the two-stage delivery and automatic intentional walk and accepted the changes. The new rules will be used this season. Additional details will be released during the NPB Manager Meetings on January 25.

Other issues:

  • The maximum number of innings for a Nippon Series game seven will drop from fifteen to twelve innings, in line with regular season games. Games beyond game seven will continue to have no inning limits.
  • The Central League is considering changes to the scheduling for the Climax Series after what happened last year (a First Stage Yokohama-Hanshin game was played despite horrible field conditions due to rain).
  • Memorial ceremonies for victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake will be held during six exhibition games on March 11.
  • Chia-Hao Sung will be eligible for the Rookie of the Year Award.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2018, Sponichi 1/11/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/13/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Sanspo 1/11/2018, Sanspo 1/12/2018, Sanspo 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/13/2018, Daily Sports 1/23/2018, Tokyo Sports 1/12/2018, Sports Hochi 1/13/2018

[UPDATE 1/28 @ 11:04pm]

During the manager meeting on January 25, managers expressed concern that umpires were too strict on balk calls for pitchers in the set position. The NPB asked if teams can follow rule 5.10k (no playing catch in front of the dugout) this season. The NPB also confirmed that if a runner on first advances to second uncontested in a first and third situation with the runner’s team one run away from a walk-off, the play will not be scored a stolen base.

Source: Sanspo 1/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/26/2018, Sponichi 1/26/2018

[UPDATE 1/30 @ 3:51pm]

NPB umpires have decided to go easier on balk calls this season. Of the sixty-two balk calls last year, forty-two were called because pitchers did not come to a complete stop. Teams will be given additional details during spring camp and the exhibition game season.

Source: Sanspo 1/30/2018, Sanspo 1/30/2018

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Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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