Monday, January 5, 2009

第119回北信越地区高等学校野球大会 (119th Fall Hokushinetsu Baseball Tournament)

Going over to platforms 20-23 at Tokyo-eki, we take the Joetsu Shinkansen north to Niigata for the 119th Hokushinetsu tournament.

And what a championship game it was! Nihon Bunri (Niigata) was facing Toyama Shougyou (Toyama) for the title. Toyama built a commanding 7-1 lead early and was headed for victory, but in the 8th inning down 7-3, Nihon Bunri rallied for 7 runs for a 10-7 comeback win!

Unfortunately, there were not many familiar teams on display in the 16 team field, and the games seemed to indicate a lack of depth in the Hokushinetsu area...
  • Tsuruga Kehi (Fukui) - Lost to Niigata's #4 seed Niigata Shougyou 5-3 in the 2nd round.
  • Fukui Kodai Fukui (Fukui) - Lost to Nihon Bunri in the semi-finals 10-7.

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