Does appearing more often result in better chances to win the title?

So one may wonder, do tiers matter in terms of winning Koushien? I’ve taken the tier list and started moving teams off the lists as they are eliminated. Upcoming teams at risk in red.

Champion

  • Tier 1 – Saitama – Hanasaki Tokuharu (5th apperance, 3rd consecutive)

Runner-up

  • Tier 1 – Hiroshima – Kouryou (22nd appearance, 1st in 3 years)

Semi-finalists

  • Tier 1
    • Nara – Tenri (28th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
  • Tier 3
    • Nishi Tokyo – Toukaidai Sugao (3rd appearance, 1st in 17 years)

Quarterfinal Elimination

  • Tier 1
    • Iwate – Moriokadai Fuzoku (10th appearance, 2nd consecutive)
    • Miyagi – Sendai Ikuei (26th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
  • Tier 2
    • Oita – Meihou (6th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
  • Tier 3
    • Kagawa – Sanbonmatsu (3rd appearance, 1st in 24 years)

3rd Round Elimination

  • Tier 1
    • Fukushima – Seikou Gakuin (14th appearance, 11th consecutive)
    • Osaka – Osaka Touin (9th appearance, 1st in 3 years)
  • Tier 2
    • Gunma – Maebashi Ikuei (3rd appearance, 2nd consecutive)
    • Higashi Tokyo – Nishogakushadai Fuzoku (2nd appearance, 1st in 3 years)
    • Hyogo – Kobe Kokusaidai Fuzoku (2nd appearance, 1st in 3 years)
    • Ehime – Saibi (5th appearance, 1st in 4 years)
    • Kagoshima – Kamimura Gakuen (4th appearance, 1st in 5 years)
  • Tier 3
    • Aomori – Aomori Yamada (11th appearance, 1st in 8 years)

1st/2nd Round Elimination (both rounds grouped in since some start in 2nd Round)

  • Tier 1
    • Minami Hokkaido – Hokkai (38th appearance, 3rd consecutive)
    • Tochigi – Sakushin Gakuin (13th appearance, 7th consecutive)
    • Chiba – Kisaradzu Sougou (6th appearance, 2nd consecutive)
    • Kanagawa – Yokohama (17th appearance, 2nd consecutive)
    • Yamanashi – Yamanashi Gakuin (7th appearance, 2nd consecutive)
    • Niigata – Nihon Bunri (9th appearance, 1st in 3 years)
    • Wakayama – Chiben Wakayama (23rd, 1st in 2 years)
    • Kochi – Meitoku Gijyuku (19th appearance, 8th consecutive)
  • Tier 2
    • Higashi Tokyo – Nishogakushadai Fuzoku (2nd appearance, 1st in 3 years)
    • Aichi – Chuukyoudai Chuukyou (28th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
    • Toyama – Takaoka Shougyou (18th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
    • Gifu – Oogaki Nichidai (4th appearance, 1st in 3 years)
    • Hyogo – Kobe Kokusaidai Fuzoku (2nd appearance, 1st in 3 years)
    • Shimane – Kaisei (10th appearance, 1st in 3 years)
    • Kumamoto – Shuugakukan (3rd appearance, 2nd consecutive)
    • Kagoshima – Kamimura Gakuen (4th appearance, 1st in 5 years)
    • Okinawa – Kounan (11th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
  • Tier 3
    • Kita Hokkaido – Takikawa Nishi (3rd appearance, 1st in 19 years)
    • Aomori – Aomori Yamada (11th appearance, 1st in 8 years)
    • Akita – Meiou (9th appearance, 1st in 8 years)
    • Yamagata – Nichidai Yamagata (17th appearance, 1st in 4 years)
    • Ibaraki – Tsuchira Nichidai (3rd appearance, 1st in 31 years)
    • Nagano – Matsushou Gakuen (36th appearance, 1st in 9 years)
    • Ishikawa – Nihon Koukuu Ishikawa (2nd appearance, 1st in 8 years)
    • Fukui – Sakai (1st appearance), merger in 2016 of…
      • Harue Kougyou (no appearances)
      • Sakai Nougyou (no appearances)
    • Shizuoka – Fujieda Meisei (1st appearance)
    • Mie – Tsuda Gakuen (1st appearance)
    • Shiga – Hikone Higashi (2nd appearance, 1st in 4 years)
    • Kyoto – Kyoto Seishou (3rd appearance, 1st in 19 years)
    • Tottori – Yonago Shouin (3rd appearance, 1st in 17 years)
    • Okayama – Okayama Sanyou (1st appearance)
    • Yamaguchi – Shimonoseki Kokusai (1st appearance)
    • Tokushima – Naruto Uzushio (1st appearance), merger in 2012 of…
      • Naruto Dai-ichi (1 appearance, 2004)
      • Naruto Kougyou (6 appearance, last in 2008)
    • Fukuoka – Touchiku (6th appearance, 1st in 21 years)
    • Saga – Waseda Saga (1st appearance)
    • Nagasaki – Hasami (3rd appearance, 1st in 16 years)
    • Miyazaki – Seishin (St.) Ursula (2nd appearance, 1st in 12 years)
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Day 3, Game 3 – Sapporo Dai-ichi (Hokkaido) v Yamanashi Gakuin (Yamanashi)

Day 3, Game 3 – Sapporo Dai-ichi (Hokkaido) v Yamanashi Gakuin (Yamanashi)

(photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports)

Sapporo Dai-ichi could make it such that there are 2 schools from Hokkaido in the 2nd round. And Yamanashi Gakuin could be a good target to do so. But they have their own issues, letting a first timer make it. We’ve had 2 extra inning games, care for a 3rd?

Sapporo Dai-ichi (Hokkaido)

  • SS Oohira Yuuto
  • LF Ootsubo (#3)
  • 1B Murata Rin (#2)
  • P Yamada Shouta (#5)
  • RF Oomiya
  • 2B Takagi (#7)
  • CF Kanno
  • 3B Miyano Ryuusei (#15)
  • C Izumi (#17)

Yamanashi Gakuin (Yamanashi)

  • LF Watanabe (#8)
  • 2B Sugano
  • RF Nomura Kenta
  • P Aizawa
  • 1B Kishimoto
  • 3B Takagaki
  • C Kurita
  • CF Miyazaki Itsuki
  • SS Kobuki Yuuto
Day 3, Game 1 – Ryuukokudai Heian (Kyoto) v Tsuda Gakuen (Mie)

Day 3, Game 1 – Ryuukokudai Heian (Kyoto) v Tsuda Gakuen (Mie)

3B (#4)(photo courtesy of Mainichi)

Day 3 starts with one of the mainstays of Koushien facing a first timer in Tsuda Gakuen. Heian should move on with their defensive style, but they’re always on the verge of a clunker.

Ryuukokudai Heian (Kyoto)

  • CF Nakajima Daisuke
  • 2B Kitamura Ryou
  • C Tada Ryouhei
  • RF Mizutani Shouhei
  • 3B Okumura Masahiro
  • 1B Mitsuo Kentarou
  • LF Nagahata Kaito (#17)
  • SS Nishkawa (Fumikatsu) (#16)
  • P Nozawa Shuugo

Tsuda Gakuen (Mie)

  • 2B Otoo Ita (#6)
  • LF Matsuo Natsuki (#5)
  • RF Fujii Hisao
  • 3B Maekawa Natsuki (#4)
  • 1B Ishikawa Shimon (#7)
  • C Amata (Ryuuki)
  • SS kobayashi Sejiki (#3)
  • P Mae Yuito
  • CF Watanabe Yasushi

09:00 – First Pitch!

Day 2, Game 3 – Yonago Higashi (Tottori) v Sapporo Ootani (Hokkaido)

Day 2, Game 3 – Yonago Higashi (Tottori) v Sapporo Ootani (Hokkaido)

(image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)

The last game of the day has the Meiji Jingu champions taking the field. Of late, they have not fared well at Haru Koushien, and it’s hard to believe that they’re as good as the results say. But, if they are to have an easy game, Yonago Higashi isn’t the worst choice to have.

And what do you know, Oota is taking the hill for Sapporo Ootani. Can’t wait to see how he pitches, and how he’s been key to their success.

Yonago Higashi (Tottori)

  • SS Okamoto Daishou
  • CF Yamauchi Youtarou
  • P Morishita Yuuki
  • 1B Fukushima Yuukou
  • 2B Fukushima Kouta
  • RF Toki Shouji
  • C Nagano Toshiya
  • LF Honda Shou
  • 3B Moroyuu Souichirou

Sapporo Ootani (Hokkaido)

  • SS Kitamoto Souichirou
  • 2B Kamayatsu Taishi
  • C Iida Shuuya
  • CF Ishitori Ryou
  • 1B Nishihara Kenta (#3)
  • 3B Satou Souma
  • P Oota Ryuusei (#17)
  • RF Sano Shoukirou
  • LF Nakagawa Yukinori

 

 

Day 2, Game 2 – Meihou (Oita) v Yokohama (Kanagawa)

Day 2, Game 2 – Meihou (Oita) v Yokohama (Kanagawa)

(image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)

We go from one Kanto v Kyushu game to another as Meihou will try for a better result against the storied Yokohama franchise. They did get in as the floating bid, so there is much to prove that they were worthy as opposed to the Tokyo runner-up.

Meihou (Oita)

  • 2B Omote Yuuto
  • SS Miyakawa Yuuki
  • LF Fuse Shinkai
  • 3B Nobe Yuuta
  • RF Yabuta Genda
  • 1B (Seichi Natsu) (#12)
  • C Narita Musashi
  • P Wakasugi Akira
  • 1B Nogami (Manato)

Yokohama (Kanagawa)

  • 2B Utsumi Takato (#3)
  • SS Tsuda Keishi
  • CF Koizumi Ryuunosuke
  • 1B Yoshihara Taiki (#13)
  • LF Tomita Shingo
  • P Oyokawa Masaki
  • RF Oote Haru
  • C Yamaguchi Kaito
  • 3B Shouji Yuudai
Day 2, Game 1 – Narashino (Chiba) v Nisshou Gakuen (Miyazaki)

Day 2, Game 1 – Narashino (Chiba) v Nisshou Gakuen (Miyazaki)

(image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)

Oh, do I wish Narashino would be able to make a run for the title. I’m not sure they have the horses, but so goes the life of a public school. Hopefully, they’ll be able to get past the first game, which given my perception of the Kyushu schools this year seems like a possibility.

Narashino (Chiba)

  • LF Takenawa Toshiki
  • 2B Ozawa Takumi
  • CF Nemoto Shougo
  • 1B Sakurai Kousuke
  • RF Takahashi Masaya
  • 3B Wada Yasuyuki
  • P Yamauchi Shouta (#10)
  • C Kaneko Shoutarou
  • SS (SUmida Yuuto)

Nisshou Gakuen (Miyazaki)

  • 2B Fukuyama Rin
  • C Fukagusa Toshiya
  • LF Morinaga Akihiro
  • CF Hirano Hirokazu
  • P Ishijima Rui
  • 1B Nagata Naoki
  • 3B Mojikawa Seisou (#15)
  • SS Hyakutake Yuuto
  • RF Kaneko Daiki

9:00 – First Pitch!

(At birthday party) so will summarize later)

Day 1, Game 3 – Seiryou (Ishikawa) v Riseisha (Osaka)

Day 1, Game 3 – Seiryou (Ishikawa) v Riseisha (Osaka)

K(photo courtesy of Sponichi)

They may be smiling here, but rest assured Riseisha is not happy they drew Seiryou. Facing what probably is the outright favorite on Day 1 is like waking up with a kink in your back. It’s just unpleasant.

But now if Riseisha wants to prove their worth, they’ll need to take down Okugawa.

Seiryou (Ishikawa)

  • CF Shouji Kousuke
  • LF Arimatsu Kazuki
  • 3B Chida Souta
  • SS Uchiyama Souma
  • C Yamasa Shinnosuke
  • P Okugawa Yasunobu
  • 1B Fukumoto Haruki
  • RF Okada Hibiki
  • 2B Yamamoto Iori

Riseisha (Osaka)

  • CF Momotani Ibuki
  • 2B Ikeda Ryuu
  • 3B Kobukada Daichi
  • RF Inoue Koudai
  • 1B Uchikura (Issa) (#13)
  • LF Nishikawa Rei (#3)
  • C Noguchi Kaito
  • SS Nogami Seiki
  • P Shimizu Taisei

15:17 – First Pitch!

Not that impressed by Shimizu’s pitching, and Seiryou isn’t either. In all, 3 base hits and a walk, though it only nets 1 run in the end thanks in part to a laser throw by Inoue to gun Ikeda down at 3rd.

Okugawa’s pitching isn’t sharp to start either, but against Riseisha’s offense, seems to still be enough, with 4 Ks through 3 innings. But if Riseisha can play the waiting game longer, they may get pitches to hit.

(Will recap further once I rewatch the event)