So let's take a look at the field... (w/respect to the Natsu Koshien). We have...
- 11 first-time participants
- 6 returning participants (Aomori Yamada is making their 6th consecutive!)
- 5 teams making their 20+ appearance
- 7 teams whose last appearance was before 2000 (Kansai Gakuin is the longest - 1939!)
- 13 past champions
Once the brackets are drawn on Wednesday, I'll have a review of each bracket and the teams involved.