Friday, January 2, 2009

第61回東北地区高等学校野球大会 (61st Fall Tohoku Baseball Tournament)

Heading south to the Tohoku region, the championship game came down to two teams familiar to playing on the big stage - Kousei Gakuin (Aomori) vs. Ichinoseki Gakuin (Iwate).

Kousei had their way with Ichinoseki, giving them the championship 7-1 running away. This is their 2nd championship and first in 12 years.

Spreadsheet link is here. As with the Hokkaido regionals, english translations are available only for the final bracket (With the time constraints I have, it'll be hard to get through all prefectures before the tournament).

The main 18 team field had notable teams such as:
  • Seikou Gakuin (Fukushima) who lost to eventual champion Kousei 3-1 in 10 innings in the round of 8. The game was scoreless going into enchousen, but Kousei turned on the scoring in extras.
  • Hanamaki Higashi (Iwate) who also lost to eventual champions Kousei in the semifinals 6-3.
  • Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi) lost to the aforementioned Seikou Gakuin in the 2nd round 4-3 in 12 innings. They were actually leading 3-0 after 6, but Seikou scored 3 in the 7th and 1 in the decisive 12th.
  • Aomori Yamada (Aomori) lost in the round of 8 to Ichinoseki Gakuin. The teams traded runs throughout the entire game, but could not get a pitcher to keep Ichinoseki at bay. In all, they used 5 different pitchers to no avail losing 7-5.
  • Sakata Minami (Yamagata) lost in the round of 8 to little known Rifu (Miyagi). Down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Sakata Minami ties the game. However, they would fall 2 innings later when Rifu scores the go-ahead run.
I will post brackets after I finish Hokkaido. Needless to say, the information is strewn all about and a bit hard to find.

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