We’re almost done!
We have just 3 prefectures left to go, and today is all the big name schools looking for (and probably getting) their Koushien bids. The finals yesterday unfortunately were non-competitive.
Higashi Tokyo – Nishogakushadai Fuzoku (2nd appearance, 1st in 3 years)
This was all Nishogakushadai Fuzoku as Toukaidai Takanawadai just couldn’t keep up from the get to. They were down quickly 8-0 and could not recover.
Kanagawa – Yokohama (17th appearance, 2nd consecutive)
It was all Yokohama here, Masuda HR in the 1st, Ichimura 2-run HR in the 3rd, and then when Toukaidai Sagami pulled within 2 at 5-3, Yamazaki hits a 3-run HR and that was that. 9-3.
Toyama – Takaoka Shougyou (18th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
I unfortunately didn’t catch a lot of this game because of the last one at the bottom, but Kouhou put up a fight for 4 innings… and then it all fell apart. 5 runs in the 5th and that was pretty much it. Kouhou did what they could, drawing 5 walks along with their 5 hits and putting a pair of runs on the board, but they still fell 8-2.
Ishikawa – Nihon Koukuu Ishikawa (2nd appearance, 1st in 8 years)
Couldn’t catch this game either, which is too bad because I root for both aviation schools. But here Nihon Koukuu Ishikawa scored 3 in the 2nd and then 2 more in the 5th to re-establish their 3-run lead. Yuugakukan had many chances, drawing 7 walks against Nihok Koukuu Ishikawa ace Sado but could still only push in 2 runs.
Aichi – Chuukyoudai Chuukyou (28th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
Eitoku had a chance to win the title, but former champs Chuukyoudai Chuukyou stood in the way and stood in the door blocking their way. 9-1 win with 3 HR’s and that was that.
Okayama – Okayama Sanyou (1st appearance)
Okayama Sanyou sent Ooe to the mound again, after giving up 5 runs in 5 innings of work. In a replay, the better pitching usually wins.
But the script was turned upside down. First Okayama Sanyou scored 4 in the 1st. Then 3 more in the 4th for a commanding 7-0 lead.
Second was ace Ooe for Okayama Sanyou.
No-hitter, through 5…
Ooe was suddenly just 3 outs away from a no-hitter!
And then Kobayashi gets a hit off Ooe to lead off the 9th.
He’s replaced, and there’s some shakiness, but they close out the 9-2 win for their first ever title!
Nishi Tokyo (2100 PDT/0000 EDT) – Waseda Jitsugyou (Tier 1) v Toukaidai Sugao (Tier 3)
So Toukaidai Sugao did shutout Nichidai-san, and avoided a letdown in an 11-8 battle with Nichidai-ni. But they’re fighting the Kiyomiya’s who haven’t played anyone of note, haven’t blown out anyone, and who basically redid their entire pitching staff with their C taking over as their #2 pitcher.
Still, good luck Toukaidai Sugao. To win, you need to be patient against the pitching staff and get walks.
Osaka (2100 PDT/0000 EDT) – Ookanmuri (Tier 3) v Osaka Touin (Tier 1)
Ookanmuri had a run in 2015 where they reached the semifinals. And here they make a run to the finals, but have avoided any of the competition.
Of course that ends now with the Haru Koushien champs. It’s been a bit more shakier on the pitching front, but they have beaten both Konkou Osaka and yesterday Riseisha in a rematch of the Haru Koushien final.
Ookanmuri will have a very tough job which probably will not come to fruition. Sorry.