Tokai is in the semifinal stages, and we could very well be in the same situation as in the Hokushinestu Super-Regionals!
- Shizuoka (Shizuoka 1) vs. Winner of Shiritsu Gifu Shougyou (Gifu 2)-Tsu Shougyou (Mie 3)
- Komono (Mie 1) vs. Winner of Toyokawa (Aichi 2)-Hiryuu (Shizuoka 3)
- Kenritsu Gifu Shougyou (Gifu 1) vs. Winner of Inabe Sougou Gakuen (Mie 2)-Aichi Keisei (Aichi 3)
- Touhou (Aichi 1) vs. Winner of Tokoha Kikugawa (Shizuoka 2)-Oogaki Nichidai (Gifu 3)
Next was a game against Touhou. A 3-run 2nd inning helped put them into the lead, but Horita would squander the lead making it 3-3 going into the final third of the game. His offense would have his back scoring 3 runs yet again. Horita wouldn't give it away again, and Tokoha Kikugawa would win 6-4.
So our semifinal matches are:
- Shiritsu Gifu Shougyou (Gifu 2) vs. Komono (Mie 1)
- Kenritsu Gifu Shougyou (Gifu 1) vs. Tokoha Kikugawa (Shizuoka 2)
The selection committee may full one Super-Regionals with teams from one prefecture - but two? No way. Never going to happen.
So if that situation arises, you better bet that both teams will pull out all the stops to win, because that would get them a guaranteed bid while the loser may not be invited at all.
Komono and Tokoha Kikugawa better be prepared for the fight of their lives this Saturday.
Kinki (6 bids)
I'm not sure why all 8 games aren't played all on the same weekend, but oddly enough this will hurt two of the possibly favored teams:
- Shiga Gakuen (Shiga 2) vs. Yamato Kouryou (Nara 2)
- Chiben Wakayama (Wakayama 1) vs. Ryuukokudai Heian (Kyoto 3)
- Riseisha (Osaka 1) vs. Kansei Gakuin (Hyogo 3)
- Kyoto Shouei (Kyoto 1) vs. Kobe Kokusaidai Fuzoku (Hyogo 2)
- Shiritsu Wakayama (Wakayama 2) vs. Osaka Shoudai Sakai (Osaka 3)
- Houtoku Gakuen (Hyogo 1) vs. Fukuchiyama Seibi (Kyoto 2)
As for the last 2 games, they will be played on Saturday with the winners playing the next day:
- Tenri (Nara 1) vs. Kouyasan (Wakayama 3)
- Kousen (Shiga 1) vs. Osaka Touin (Osaka 2)