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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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[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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[1/26/2018] 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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[1/11/2018] Tie Break Rules for Spring and Summer Koshien

The steering committee for the 90th Spring Koshien (Senbatsu) met in Osaka on January 10 and selected Ima Arite for the opening march. Ima Arite is also currently the tournament song. The thirty-six participating high schools will be decided by the selection committee on January 26.

The following tie break rules will also be introduced, not just to the Spring Koshien, but also to the Summer Koshien and various spring, summer, and fall tournaments.

  • the tie break will be used beginning in the thirteenth inning. Innings will begin with runners on first and second and no out.
  • the batting order will resume where it ended in the previous inning.
  • if the game has to be canceled after the start of a tie break, the game will end in a tie and a rematch will be played on the following day (or at the earliest possible date).
  • if the game is still tied after the fifteenth inning, the game will continue, however, each pitcher will be limited to a total fifteen innings. Pitchers that reach fifteen innings will only be able to continue playing as a position player.
  • the tie break will not be used during the final game. If the game is still tied after fifteen innings, then the game will end and a rematch will be played the following day (or at the earliest possible date). The tie break will be used for the rematch game.

Additional rules:

  • the two runners on base at the start of tie break innings will not count as earned runs if they score. The two runners will not get credit for being on base. Stolen bases, caught stealing, runs, and left on base will count, as will other stats connected to the runners, like RBI and double plays.
  • there will be no complete games.
  • there will be no hitters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018, Daily Sports 1/10/2018, Daily Sports 1/10/2018

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[11/26/2017] Senbatsu Tie-Break Rules, Kanagawa split into two for 100th Summer Koshien

The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) decided that the new tie-break rules for the 90th Spring Koshien next year will be finalized in January 2018. The JHBF originally planned to set the final rules before the end of the year, but they decided to extend the deadline so that they can take all suggestions (provided through surveys given by regional federations across Japan) in consideration.

Source: Sponichi 11/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2017Sanspo 11/26/2017

The JHBF decided the 100th Summer Koshien message will be, “Arigato Natsu 100-kai Korekaramo” (Thank you, summer 100 times, from here on too).

Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2017

The Kanagawa High School Baseball Federation (KHBF) decided to split the Kanagawa region into two tournaments for the 100th Summer Koshien: the South Kanagawa Tournament and the North Kanagawa Tournament. The federation has 194 high school members and ninety-six will be in the South Kangawa and ninety-eight in the North. The Kanagawa Tournament will be split into North and South for the first time since the 90th Koshien Tournament in 2008.

Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2017Sponichi 11/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2017, Official List of North/South Schools (pdf, in Japanese)


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[9/19/2017] Tie-break rules and start date for 90th Spring Koshien

The steering committee for the 90th Spring Koshien met in Osaka today. Tie-break rules will be added beginning next year. The rules will take effect in the thirteenth inning. Additional details will be decided later (some time by November).

Note: 131 games Spring/Summer tournament games have gone into extra innings since 2000. Of the 131 games, twenty-one required more than twelve innings, or about sixteen percent of all extra inning games.

The ninetieth Spring Koshien will feature thirty-six schools, four more than usual. Thirty-two schools will be regular selections, three twenty-first century selections, and one Jingu Tournament slot.

Regular Selection Regions

Hokkaido (one), Tohoku (three), Kanto/Tokyo (six), Hokushinetsu (three), Tokai (three), Kinki (six), Chugoku (three), Shikoku (three), Kyushu (four).

The Tohoku, Hokushinetsu, and Tokai regions will each have an extra slot compared to previous years. The Chugoku/Shikoku regions usually have two each and share one slot for a total of five, but will each have three.

The tournament will take place over thirteen days beginning on March 23, 2018. The selection committee will meet on January 26, 2018. Brackets will be decided on March 16, 2018.

Source: Sanspo 9/19/2017, Sanspo 9/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2017, Daily Sports 9/19/2017Sponichi 9/19/2017, Sponichi 9/19/2017, Asahi 9/19/2017

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[7/5/2017] Thirty-six schools to participate in 2018 Spring Koshien

The Spring Koshien steering committee met in Osaka earlier today. They decided to increase the number of participating schools from thirty-two to thirty-six next year in celebration of the tournament’s ninetieth anniversary.

The breakdown of regions:

  • Hokkaido 1
  • Tohoku 3
  • Kanto/Tokyo 6
  • Tokai 3
  • Hokushinetsu 3
  • Kinki 6
  • Chugoku 3
  • Shikoku 3
  • Kyushu 4

Special brackets:

  • 21st Century 3
  • Jingu Tournament 1

Additional details, like the schedule, will be decided during a steering committee meeting in September.

Source: Daily Sports 7/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2017, Sponichi 7/5/2017

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