Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Tournament Update #4

So to recap the completed Super-Regionals (alternates, possible invitees):

Hokkaido Super-Regional - Hokkai
Tohoku Super-Regional - Tohoku, Kousei Gakuin (Aomori Yamada, Sendai Ikuei)

Now for the ongoing super-regionals:

Kanto Super-Regional
The draw for the Kanto Super-Regional has been held. Urawa Gakuin holds the only 1st round bye. Matchups are:

Hidari Bracket
  • Sano Nichidai (Tochigi 1) vs. Kasukabe Kyouei (Saitama 2)
  • Suijyou (Ibaraki 1) vs. Nihon Koukuu (Yamanashi 2)
  • Maebashi Ikuei (Gunma 1) vs. Washinomiya (Saitama 2)
  • Kisaradzu Sougou (Chiba 1) vs. Toukaidai Sagami (Kanagawa 2)
Migi Bracket
  • Yokohama (Chiba 1) vs. Takasaki Shougyou (Gunma 2)
  • Koufu Kougyou (Yamanashi 1) vs. Kasumigaura (Ibaraki 2)
  • Bunsei Geidai Fuzoku (Tochigi 2) vs. Chiba Keizaidai Fuzoku (Chiba 2)
  • Urawa Gakuin (Saitama 1 ) - Bye
Quick thoughts:
  1. What's up with Suijou facing Nihon Koukuu. I liked how Suijyou played in their game at Koushien, but they have to face Nihon Koukuu. I'm covering this regional under protest!!
  2. Toukaidai Sagami is the leader to reach the super-regional final on the left side of the bracket. Kisaradzu Sougou will be no pushover though, and if Suijyou makes it to the semifinals, well that will make for a good rematch!
  3. It looks like a Yokohama - Urawa Gakuin semifinal on the right side - that would be a Ken vs. Deanna matchup there. Heh. I don't know if the university schools will pose a threat, but it's possible.
  4. So with 4 teams, I figure the semifinalists (and ergo qualifiers) will be Suijyou, Toukaidai Sagami, Yokohama and Urawa Gakuin.
Tokyo Super-Regionals
The round of 16 and 8 have been completed and we're down to the Best 4. And the field isn't exactly what you would think.

After handling Nissho Gakushadai Fuzoku 3-0, Nichidai-ni was thrown for a loop by Hachiouji, getting upset 4-3. Those were the first runs Hachiouji has given up so far in the super-regional as they blanked both Meijidai Nakano-Hachiouji, and Toritsu Ikubunkan.

It was not a good week for the Meiji schools as Meijidai Meiji was blanked by Waseda Gakuin 4-0. Kokugakuin Kugayama did the same thing to Shuutoku for a surprise upset. The surprise continued as Kokukaguin Kugayama upset Waseda Gakuin 9-2 and is now 2 wins away from a Koushien appearance!

Moving along to the other side of the bracket, Toritsu Shouwa edged Toritsu Kunitachi 2-1, but didn't face Kokugakuin! They were upset by Toukaidai Takanawadai 5-2! And with that upset, Shouwa breezed through Takanawadai 4-1 for a spot in the semifinals.

About the only thing that did go right was the last quadrant where Nichidai-san defeated Setagaya Gakuen 6-3 just like their first round, then defeated Kousei Gakuen 8-1.

Nichidai-san has the inside track to earn the bid, but I'm not sure I can sleep on Kokugakuin Kugayama.

Hokushinetsu Super-Regionals
The draw has occurred for the super-regionals and they are the following:

Hidari Bracket
  • Sakurai (Toyama 1) vs. Fukui Shougyou (Fukui 3)
  • Saku Chousei (Nagano 2) vs. Sado (Niigata 2)
  • Fukuoka (Toyama 3/4) vs. Kanazawa (Ishikawa 1)
  • Hokuetsu (Niigata 3) vs. Tsuruga Kehi (Fukui 1)
Migi Brakcet
  • Fukui Koudai Fukui (Fukui 2) vs. Shin-Minato (Toyama 2)
  • Yuugakukan (Ishikawa 3) vs. Tokyo Shidai Shiojiri (Nagano 1)
  • Nihon Bunri (Niigata 1) vs. Toyama Dai-ichi (Toyama 3/4)
  • Matsushou Gakuen (Nagano 3) vs. Kanazawa Sakuragaoka (Ishikawa 2)
Is it bad that I think that Fukui could possibly have 3 of the 4 semifinalists? Saku Chousei could challenge Fukui Shougyou, but I'm not sure. Tsuruga Kehi will only have Kanazawa to worry about. So it could possibly be a replay of the Fukui semifinal!

About the only possible obstacle to having 3 Fukui semifinalists is Yuugakukan. They've always been a good team, and could give Fukui Koudai Fukui a challenge. As for the last semifinalist, it could be Nihon Bunri although Matsushou Gakuen could put up a fight.

Toukai Super-Regional - No change here, see last post for draws. Tournament begins on the 23rd.

Kinki Super-Regional
Well, things on the surface went as expected. With the recent emergence of Riseisha, Uenomiya Taisha stood no chance, falling 8-0 in 7 innings. There was a beatup in the other semifinal, but it was one-sided as PL Gakuen was actually mercy-ruled by Osaka Touin 9-2 in 8 innings!

In the final, it was actually Riseisha who set the pace, never trailing throughout the game taking a 1-0 lead in the 2nd, and having a response for each Osaka Touin score. They led 4-3...

...until the bottom of the 9th. That was when Osaka Touin staged a late rally, scoring 3 runs and coming from behind to win their 2nd consecutive title and surprisingly, only their 4th total.

Uenomiya Taishi would be the bridesmaid in all of this as PL shuts them out (only to the tune of 3-0) to take the last spot.

With Tenri and Chiben Gakuen winning by the mercy rule in the semifinals, it would guarantee that one of these schools would be the fall champ for the 4th consecutive year.

The final would see Chiben Gakuen blank Tenri, winning 3-0 and giving Chiben Gakuen their 13th title, but 1st in 10 years!

So our field as set as follows:
  • Shiga - Hachiman Shougyou, Murayama
  • Kyoto - Tounan, Kyoto Gaidai Nishi, Kyoto Seishou
  • Osaka - Osaka Touin, Riseisha, PL Gakuen
  • Hyogo - Kobe Kokusaidai Fuzoku, Kakogawa Kita, Houtoku Gakuen
  • Nara - Chiben Gakuen, Tenri
  • Wakayama - Chiben Wakayama, Wakayama Kougyou, Wakayama Shougyou
Again, I'll wait to see the draw before I make any analysis.

Chuugoku Super-Regional
The draw has occurred for this super-regionals as well. This is how it shook out:

Hidari Bracket
  • Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin (Hiroshima 2) vs. Yasugi (Shimane 4)
  • Matsue Shougyou (Shimane 1) vs. Soushi Gakuen (Okayama 2)
  • Iwakuni (Yamaguchi 1) vs. Tottori Shougyou (Tottori 3)
  • Ube Koujyou (Yamaguchi 3) vs. Tottori Ikuei (Tottori 1)
Migi Brakcet
  • Kanzei (Okayama 1) vs. Tokuyama Shoukou (Yamaguchi 2)
  • Yazu (Tottori 2) vs. Okayama Gakugeikan (Okayama 3)
  • Hiroshima Sougou Gijyutsu (Hiroshima 3) vs. Taisha (Shimane 2)
  • Izumo (Shimane 3) vs. Onomichi (Hiroshima 1)
On the left side, I don't really see a clear favorite. Perhaps Iwakuni, maybe Matsue Shougyou. The right side has the more well-known teams such as Yazu and Kanzei. I still would like to see Onomichi make it, but the road won't be easy.

Shikoku Super-Regional
So Kagawa Nishi looked to be in the driver's seat against Sangawa, scoring 1 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and 1 in the 6th to lead Sangawa in the final 4-0.

But then Sangawa staged a rally. Three in the bottom of the 6th immediately got the deficit to 1. And in the 9th, a double would plate both the tying and sayonara run to give Sangawa the 2nd consecutive title and 3rd overall.

Marugame Jyousai would handle Kanonji Chuo 8-1 to earn the last bid. We'll see how the draw works out.

Kyushu Super-Regional
Here is the draw for the Kyushu Super-Regional:

Hidari Bracket
  • Kyushu Kokusaidai Fuzoku (Fukuoka 1) vs. Senshuudai Tamana (Kumamoto 4)-Kagoshima Shougyou (Kagoshima 2) winner
  • Nobeoka Gakuen (Miyazaki 1) vs. Okinawa Shougaku (Okinawa 2)
  • Shuugakukan (Kumamoto 1) vs. Ryuukoku (Saga 2)
  • Hasami (Nagasaki 1) vs. Oita (Oita 2)
Migi Brakcet
  • Kounan (Okinawa 1) vs. Souseikan (Nagasaki 2)-Chikuyou Gakuen (Fukuoka 3) winner
  • Kyushu Gakuin (Kumamoto 2) vs. Karatsu Shougyou (Saga 1)
  • Touin (Oita 1) vs. Saito Shougyou (Miyazaki 2)
  • Kagoshima Jitsugyou (Kagoshima 1) vs. Kumamoto Kokufu (Kumamoto 3)-Kurume Shougyou (Fukuoka 2) winner
Even though Kyushu Kokusaidai Fuzoku supposedly gets an easier matchup because of the extra game their opponent will have to play, their road will not be easy until the semifinal.

Kounan should have an easy first round, but after that could face Kyushu Gakuin, then Kagoshima Jitsugyou. I can see Kounan making it, but as for the other side, I'm not sure.


Deanna said...

Nichidai San beat the CRAP out of Showa. I was at Jingu for the college ball today -- and while the Hosei ouendan and baseball team members were holding a retirement ceremony for their graduating seniors after game 1, a flood of high school kids started funnelling out of Jingu #2 stadium, so I asked a few what was up, and fortunately they were from Sanko and were like "We won! 12-0, called game!"

Funny thing is that when I arrived at 10:30 in the morning, the Sanko boys were running outside Jingu. I thought of taking a photo but wasn't sure if it'd be okay. I should have. Dammit.

Oh, on another note, get this -- in addition to meeting two Koshien championship team boys yesterday (Kawai from Chukyodai 2009 and Egashira from Saga Kita 2007), today I randomly ran into Yota Hirahara, the pitcher from last year's Teikyo team, outside Jingu... he's now a freshman at Rikkio. He was stunned that I recognized him and knew who he was... but flattered, I think. The Teikyo cellphone straps on my phone probably helped. See, I knew it would be a good idea to buy all of those Teikyo goods at Koshien :)

I'm still stunned that Shutoku and Teikyo were out of the fall tourney so early.

Also, as far as the Ken-Deanna matchup -- I think you have a typo there, how is Yokohama a Chiba school? :P I'm betting Yokohama will have the upper hand, all things considered. And in the Tokaidai Sagami bracket, hey, maybe Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi's Little Brother at Washinomiya will emerge victorious from this one instead! Er...

Hey, do you have any idea how one can find the rosters for these teams in the tournament? I'm wondering if my student from last year (Soki Hayashi) who's at JAL Yamanashi now actually is playing in these games. His brother Ryosuke was their starting catcher from the fall of his freshman year, so it's possible...

Goro Shigeno said...

Yeah, I was doing that recap late and I know mistakes can be had. I'll go back and fix that. As for rosters, that's tougher. Some prefecures provide box scores, others don't, and it's never consistent. I'll see if I can't find something.

Goro Shigeno said...

The closest thing I could find was this (, and Hayashi is not the batterymate here. So it doesn't appear that he's the starting C yet.

And lucky you for getting to meet our former HS combatants. How are they doing in college btw?

Deanna said...

Oh, Ryosuke was a catcher. Soki, my student, is an outfielder, I believe (he has one hell of an arm, I used to watch him throw stuff straight across our entire schoolyard last year... or throw the tennis club balls on the school's roof to cause trouble...)

Kawai is doing well at Hosei. After trouncing Todai this weekend, he's got the top batting average for Hosei batters and is #5 in the league this semester, actually. Though... he could really stand to learn to take a walk... his .350/.356/.500 would be embarrassing if the league actually evaluated OPS on their site :) Hiroshi Taki has a much more respectable .319/.418/.426 in a way because he's tied for 3rd in the league in walks.

Egashira is sadly injured... but rehabbing his way back. I saw him play in the rookie tournament last year.

Hirahara was very much like "I'm a freshman and we have some amazing sophomores; hopefully NEXT year I'll get to play in our rookie tournament..."

Ken Dick said...

I like Urawa Gakuen, if "liking" means having never rooted *against* them.

They're cool in my book. Deanna has an actual connection, while I have no link to Yokohama. I just like them.

Thanks for the mention, though.