Oy, rain has officially pushed back the end of the tournament to August 1. Any more and it might delay the start of the Koshien tournament.
Of the games that were played, Osaka Gakuei fell to Naniwa 5-0 while Kansai Souka sends another Waseda school home, Waseda Setsuryou, 5-4. Up 3-0, Waseda rallies for 4 in the 8th to take the lead. However, ace Yamaguchi could not hold the lead as Kansai would score 2 in the bottom half of the frame to retake the advantage.
The draw has been determined for the Best 4, although the participants have not yet.
The A Block winner, well known to all, Chiben Wakayama will face the C Block winner, Kihoku Kougyou who is looking for their 1st appearance.
The other semifinal will have the home of Binchou-tan, Minabe (who is looking for their 1st summer appearance since 1982), versus the winner of the Tanabe - Wakayama Shougyou game to be played today.
(I'm skipping Hyogo for now until I get the brackets totally updated, including dates)
It's almost an all-Tottori semifinal. And for those wondering, yes this is Tottori-ken, but I'm referring to Tottori-shi.
The defending champion, Tottori Nishi, will play in the 2nd semifinal against top seed Tottori Jyouhoku, who is looking for their 1st appearance.
The opening semifinal will see the other top seed Tottori Shougyou, whose only appearance was in 2004, face Yonago Shouin, looking for their 3rd summer appearance and 1st since 2000.
Okayama has reached the semifinal stage.
Top seeds Sakuyou and Konkou Gakuen are still alive, as well as other past participants such as the hard luck Kanzei squad and Kurashiki Shougyou.
- Sakuyou vs. Okayama Kyousei
- Tamano Kounan vs. Kurashiki Shougyou
- Kurashiki Kougyou vs. Kanzei
- Tamashima Shougyou vs. Konkou Gakuen
There will be a new winner in Shimane. Well, at least a winner that hasn't appeared at Koshien since 2000.
The possible favorite in this prefecture, Iwamichisuikan (aka Gonokawa), was upset byt Izumo Shougyou 2-0 in the quarterfinals.
So, semifinal #1 will have Izumo Shougyou, whose only summer appearance was in 1989, face Taisha - who has made 8 prior appearances, but none since 1992.
Semifinal #2 has the most recent participant, Masuda Higashi (3 appearances, last in 2000) squaring up against Risshoudai Shounan looking for their 1st ever.
Interestingly enough, of the 4, Risshoudai Shounan has had the dominating performances. But in a prefecture such as Shimane, one has to take into account the level of competition as well.
Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Tokushima
Games were rained out yesterday, so no new updates.
Same here, but there was games on the 24th to update.
Saijyou advances to the Best 8 with a 3-0 win over Matsuyama Chuo. Their next opponent will be Teikyou Dai-go - who in the spirit of their Tokyo team, has offense for days. Saijyou has not been known for their offense, which puts even more pressure on their ace Akiyama Takumi.
Imabari Nishi has no trouble against the combined Ehime Noudai Fuzoku Nougyou/Ehimedai Fuzoku squad and will face Tanbara next.
Assuming they can get games in, Saibi will play today.
Same here for Kochi as Ehime. The Sweet 16 games concluded on the 24th.
The only close game of the 6 was Kochi Minami vs. Tosa as Kochi Minami scores the sayonara run in the bottom of the 9th.
Hopefully they can get the games in today, but here are the quarterfinal matchups:
- Meitoku Gijuku vs. Susaki
- Kochi Nishi vs. Shimizu
- Kochi vs. Kochi Minami
- Kochi Higashi vs. Kochi Ootemae
Games were rained out yesterday, so no new updates.
The semifinals were on the 24th, and I'm still sad. Nagasaki Nihon handled a late charge by Keihou to win 3-2.
Hasami held a 2 run lead against Souseikan, even after trading a run in the bottom of the 6th and top of the 7th. But Souseikan tied it up in the bottom of the 7th. The game remained tied until the bottom of the 9th where Souseikan scored a run to send Hasami home.
Best 8 games were held on the 24th...
It's almost all chalk for Oita now in the Best 4. Meihou, Hita Rinkou and Oita made it, while Oita Uenogaoka's replacement Tsukumi joins them.
The last prefecture before we head back up to Aomori, weather cancelled the 2nd semifinal. However, Miyakonojyou Shougyou denied Miyazaki Nougyou a chance for the finals. Tied 2-2, Miyanou scored a run in the 7th to take the lead. Matsuyama could not hold the lead however, and subsequently gave up 5 runs in the 8th to fall 7-3.
Miyazaki Shougyou and Miyazaki Nichidai hope to get their game in today...
Well, the story is going as planned for Aomori Yamada. They defeat Misawa soundly 7-1 to advance to tomorrow's final. Their opponent is Oominato, who defeated ⑧Kousei Gakuin Noheji Nishi 10-1 in 7 innings.
Oominato has a chance for their 1st ever appearance, but the vaunted Aomori Yamada stands in their way.
Miyagi will be holding its Best 8 games today at Kleenex Stadium Miyagi, home to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
④Rifu advances with a 7-4 win over Tohoku Seikatsu Bunkadai, but ③Shiroishi Kougyou can't overcome a 3-run first inning by Miyagi Nougyou and falls 3-2.
1st quartfinal game has been played, and Rifu advances with a 6-3 win over Ichihasama Shougyou.
Day off in Gunma today. We've reached the Best 4 with the 2nd set of quarterfinals finally played on the 25th.
Tokyo Noudai Dai-ni breaks a 1-1 tie in the top of the 9th with two runs to beat Kiryuu. And in the other quarterfinal, Shiritsu Maebashi's 2 runs in the 1st are enough as they shutout Oota 2-0.
So tomorrow, Jyutoku will play Shiritsu Maebashi in the first semi, while Tokyo Noudai Dai-ni matches up with Kiryuu Minami in the second.
Sakushin Gakuin and Utsunomiya Kougyou will meet up in the finals. Sakushin shuts out Seiran Taito 3-0 on 9 hits, while Utsunomiya Kougyou needed 2 in the 8th to beat Sano Nihon.
Whomever wins will have waited a long time for this.
Quarterfinal games are happening today. In the round of 16, Tsuchiura Nihon and upstart Ushiku are tied 1-1 until the bottom of the 8th where Tsuchiura scores the go-ahead run to win 2-1. Oota Dai-ichi outlasts Tokiwadai to win 2-1 in 13 innings.
This while seeded Jyousou Gakuin, Shimotsuma Dai-ni and Mito Sakuranomaki advance as well.
In the first set of quarterfinals, Shimotsuma Dai-ni looks to be in trouble down 4-1 after 5½ to Mito Kiryou. Meanwhile, Oota Dai-ichi is holding it's own against Jyousou Gakuin tied 1-1 after 6½.
One semifinal is set with the other to be determined today. Both Seibou Gakuen and Kasukabe Higashi survive 4-3 games to meet up in one semifinal. The other will be between the winners of the Saitama Sakae-Kasukabe Kyouei and Urawa Jitsugyou-Kawaguchi Seiryou.
--Saitama Sakae has just beaten Kasukabe Kyouei 2-1--
They've started the quarterfinals with a bang as Nihon Dai-san annihilated Toua Gakuen 13-1 in 5 innnings. Toritsu Komae trails Toritsu Hino 10-5 after 5½.
They have the day off today as Nishi Tokyo takes over Meiji Jingu.
In the quarterfinals yesterday, Teikyou cruised over Komaba Gakuen 6-1. Nishogakudai Fuzoku sent home Toritsu Sougou Kouka in the bottom of the 9th scoring a sayonara run to win 4-3. They meet up in the first semi.
On the other half of the bracket, Seiritsu Gakuen holds off a late innnigs rally by Koyamadai to advance 3-2. And in a shocker, Toritsu Yukigaya down 3-1 early, score 5 unanswered en route to a 7-5 win over Kokushikan!
You already know one outcome. Narashino had no answer to Takushokudai Kouryou, scoring a meaningless run in the 9th to fall 4-1.
In the other semifinal, Ryuukeidai Kashiwa held a 3 run over Yachiyo Higashi lead going into the 8th. With 2 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th, Yachiyo ties the game! It stays tied until the 11th where Yachiyo pushes the go-ahead run across.
So it's a Yachiyo Higashi-Takushokudai Kouryou final.
The second half of the round of 16 happened yesterday with little excitement. Yokohama Sougakukan, Koujyou and Touin Gakuen all advance easily.
There was one upset. Yokohama Shoudai upsets Yokohama Kita 9-4 via a 5 run 6th inning.
Day off for Niigata yesterday, with semifinal games being held today. Nihon Bunri quickly dispatched Niigata Kenou Kougyou 10-0 in 5 innnings. The 2nd semi should be starting shortly.
Semifinals were held yesterday, with Matsumoto Dai-ichi having to trouble with Iiyama, beating them 7-1. Nagano Nichidai never trailed in its game against Chikyuu Kankyou, although when they scored 3 in the top of the 8th to go up 6-1, Chukyuu scored 3 of their own.
2nd set of Sweet 16 games were held yesterday.
Nanto Sougou Fukuno pulls away with 3 runs in the 8th to defeat Daimon 4-1. Toyama Dai-ichi shuts out Toyama Kokusaidai Fuzoku 3-0. Isurugi does the same to Toyama by a score of 5-0, and finally Takaoka Shougyou dispatches Shin-Minato 16-4.
The first quarterfinals are wrapping up as we speak. Toyama Dai-ichi sends Fujikoshi Kougyou 8-1 in 8 innings.
And in a shocker, Nanto Sougyou Fukuno leads top seed Sakurai 5-4 going into the bottom of the 9th!
In the matinee games, Komatsu Kougyou scores 2 in the 1st and makes it stick, beating Komatsu Shougyou 2-1 while Seiryou scores runs late in the game to beat Hakui Kougyou 5-1.
Semifinal games were to be held today, but with the game scoreless after 5 between Fukui Shougyou and Hokuriku, the game was called due to rain. That can't help either school in their efforts to claim Fukui's bid.
Minobu almost realized their dream, leading Yamanashi Gakuindai Fuzoku 3-1. But in the bottom of the 8th, Yamanashi scored 3 runs to take the 4-3 lead. Ace Yamada made the lead stick and Yamanashi advances to face Koufu Kougyou.
All Sweet 16 games were to be held yesterday, but games were rained out at Numadzu Ashitaka and postopned until today.
In yesterday's games, Shizuoka Gakuen and Seisei Kougyou advance at Kusanagi Stadium. Over at Shimada, the Tokoha schools both mercy ruled their opponents. And finally at Hamamatsu, Shimada Shougyou and Kakegawa Nishi handle their opponents with relative ease.
Hamana has already advanced today with an 8-0 win over Hamamatsu Nishi while Fujieda Meisei has a slim 1-0 lead over Shizuoka Shiritsu.
The draws were set and in semfinal #1 today, Kakamigahara and Gifu Jyouhoku clashed. Kakamigahara took the quick 1-0 lead, only to see Gifu Jyouhoku score 3 in the bottom of the 2nd. But Kakamigahara would come right back in the 3rd with 3 of their own. That 4-3 score would be the final margin.
They look to claim their first ever Koshien appearance, but their opponent is not yet determined. Chuukyou and Kenritsu Gifu Shougyou remain scoreless after 4.
In the matinee games, Seishin shuts out Meijyoudai Fuzoku 3-0 to win C Block.
Block D saw Touhou beat Kyouei with a 3-run sayonara homerun in the bottom of the 10th inning.
And in an upset, Kouzouji upsets Aichi Sangyoudai Mikawa 3-1 to win Block G.
In today's games, Aikoudai Meiden wins Block E comfortably with a 6-3 victory over Seishou while in Block H, Toyota Nishi has the early 1-0 lead over Atsumi Nougyou after 3.
They tried to get the semifinal games in today, but they wound up being rained out.
Komono had nothing for Kaisei in the first semifinal as their run ends with a 6-1 loss. Mie is having equal ease with Kogakkan, leading 6-0 after 5.
Ryuukokudai Heian continues to prove its dominance in Kyoto, defeating Toba 9-2 in 8 innings!
In the other semi, it's a pitchers' duel between Fukuchiyama Seibi's Nagaoka and Kyoto Gaidai Nishi's Mitsuzono. Kyoto Gaidai Nishi opens the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd for a 1-0 lead going into the 4th inning.
And to complete the circle, here's a recap of games going on today in the round of 32.
There have been a ton of shutouts:
- Riseisha blanks Taisei Gakuindai 3-0.
- Osaka Touin brushes off Toneyama 10-0 in 8 innings.
- Konkou Osaka slides by Toyonaka 2-0.
- Uenomiya Taishi scores late to beat Miyakojima Kougyou 7-0.
- Kitano and Ibaraki carried a 1-1 tie into extras. But then Ibaraki scores 3 in the 11th to advance.
- Hirakata Tsuda and Ikuno each scored a run in the 6th and went to the 10th before Hirakata scored the sayonara run.