Koshien 2022 - Japanese March Madness (HS Baseball) - Finals 8/21 10:00PST

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If anyone is interested and got some time to kill, I highly recommend checking out the 104th National Japanese High School Baseball Tournament starting this this week, known as Summer Koshien. It’s essentially Japanese March Madness with baseball, where each prefecture (state) sends their champion to a single elimination tournament played at historic Koshien Stadium. I'm going to try to keep this thread updated with information.

Stream Links and Information Hubs: VKSportsbull, Yahoo
(Chrome users right click page and click “Translate to English”, it works pretty well. Or install browser translator add-in)

Final
Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi) 8 – 1 Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)

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There is a spring invitational tournament too, but the summer one is THE big one. Like NCAA March Madness, there is a lot of tradition, pageantry, and ceremony that make it so exciting to watch even without knowing anything about the teams or players. It’s one of the most popular events in Japan and is broadcast across the country every year. They have video games, movies, and anime based on this tournament. I’m going to post some information and stream links here for anyone who wants to check it out.

Quick Facts
  • Where to stream: VKSportsbull, Yahoo (Chrome users right click page and click “Translate to English")
  • When is the tournament: Aug 6 - Aug 22 (Japan time, so subtract 1 day for USA date)
  • What time do the games start: The early games will start at ~04:00p Pacific time and run into the evening. Will be rough for US east coast viewers.
  • Where is it played: Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, JP (Kobe/Osaka area). The pro team Hanshin Tigers vacates the stadium for this tournament each year
  • Tournament Format: 49 teams (1 team from each prefecture, except Tokyo and Hokkaido which send 2), Single Elimination (there are drawings to determine who plays an extra game), Seeding is redone when down to 8 teams. They play 4 games per day all in the same stadium up until the quarterfinals.
  • Game Format: 9 inning games with extra innings if necessary.
  • How old is the tournament: First tournament was in 1908. This year will be the 104th Koshien (some years didn't have it, like 2020)
  • Old NYT article sums it up pretty good: In Japan, 100 Years of Glory Days for High School Baseball (Published 2018)
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Teams to watch
  • Osaka Toin (Osaka) – 5 summer titles, 38 wins, .864 W%, 2012/2014/2018 summer winners, 2017/2018/2022 spring invitational winners. GOATs
  • Chiben Wakayama (Wakayama) – 3 titles, 42 wins, 0.656 W%, 2021 winner.
  • Tenri (Nara) – 2 titles, 48 wins, 0.649 W%
  • Yokohama (Kanagawa) – 2 titles, 36 wins, 0.679 W%
  • Nihon University (West Tokyo) – 2 titles, 17 wins, 0.643 W%
  • Seiryo (Ishikawa) – 2 titles, 24 wins, 0.545 W%, 2019 Runner-Up
  • Konan (Okinawa) – 1 title, 19 wins, 0.633 W%, Only Okinawan school to win it, wild fans and dope band
  • Takamatsu (Kagawa) – 2 titles, 23 wins, 0.548%
  • Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi) – 2 runner ups, 36 wins, 0.563%,
Mid Tournament Additions
  • Kaisei (Nagasaki)
  • Aiko Dai Meiden (Aichi)
  • Omi (Shiga)
  • Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima)
Winningest Prefectures
  • Osaka (14 titles)
  • Wakayama (8)
  • Aichi (8)
  • Hiroshima (7)
  • Tokyo (7)
  • Hyogo (7)
  • Kanagawa (7)
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Schedule and Scores

First Round

Day 1
Results - Sat Aug 06 (Fri Aug 05 in USA)
Game 1 – Nihon Univ. Mishima (Shizuoka) 3 – 10 Kokugakuin Tochigi (Tochigi)
Game 2 – Meiho (Oita) 7 – 3 Jutoku (Gunma)
Game 3 – Kyoto International (Kyoto) 5 – 6x (11 in.) Ichinoseki Gakuin (Iwate)

Day 2
Results - Sun Aug 07 (Sat Aug 06 in USA)
Game 1 – Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei (Aomori) 73 Soushi Gakuin (Okayama)
Game 2 – Aiko Daimei Den (Aichi) 14 – 2 Seiryo (Ishikawa)
Game 3 – Tsuruoka Higashi (Yamagata) 12 7 Eishin (Hiroshima)
Game 4 – Omi (Shiga) 8 2 Naruto (Tokushima)

Day 3 Schedule - Mon Aug 08 (Sun Aug 07 in USA)
Game 1 – Kaisei (Nagasaki) 11 – 0 Nihon Bunri (Niigata)
Game 2 – Tenri (Nara) 2 – 1 Yamanashi Gakuin (Yamanashi)
Game 3 – Tsuruga Kehi (Fukui) 13 – 3 Takaoka Sho (Toyama)
Game 4 – Konan (Okinawa) 5 – 6 Ichi Funabashi (Chiba)

Day 4
Schedule - Tue Aug 09 (Mon Aug 08 in USA)
Game 1 – Mie (Mie) 2 – 4 Yokohama (Kanagawa)
Game 2 – Nihon Univ. (West Tokyo) 2 – 4 Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima)
Game 3 – Nishogakusha Univ. (East Tokyo) 3x – 2 Sapporo Otani (South Hokkaido)
Game 4 – Gifu Merchant (Gifu) 1 – 10 Yashiro (Hyogo)

Day 5
Schedule – Wed Aug 10 (Tue Aug 09 in USA)
Game 1 @ – Osaka Toin (Osaka) 6 – 3 Asahikawa University (North Hokkaido)
Game 2 @ – Seibo Gakuen (Saitama) 8 – 2 Noshiro Matsuyo (Akita)

Second Round

Game 3 @ – Kagoshima Minoru (Kagoshima) 1 – 2 Meishu Hitachi (Ibaraki)

Day 6
Schedule - Thur Aug 11 (Wed Aug 10 in USA)
Game 1 @ 08:00a (04:00p Pacific) – Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi) 10 – 0 Tottori Sho (Tottori)
Game 2 @ 10:30a (06:30p Pacific) – Takamatsu (Kagawa) 14 – 4 Chosei Saku (Nagano)
Game 3 @ 01:00p (09:00p Pacific) – Meitoku Gijuku (Kochi) 1 – 2 Kyushu International (Fukuoka)
Game 4 @ 03:30p (11:30p Pacific) – Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi) 5 – 0 Tomishima (Miyazaki)

Day 7 Schedule - Fri Aug 12 (Thur Aug 11 in USA)
Game 1 @ 08:00a (04:00p Pacific) – Meiho (Oita) 7 – 5 Ichinoseki Gakuin (Iwate)
Game 2 @ 10:30a (06:30p Pacific) – Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei (Aomori) 5 – 6x (10 in) Aiko Daimei Den (Aichi)
Game 3 @ 01:00p (09:00p Pacific) – Tsuruoka Higashi (Yamagata) 3 – 8 Omi (Shiga)
Game 4 @ 03:30p (11:30p Pacific) – Kaisei (Nagasaki) 4 – 2 Tenri (Nara)

Day 8 Schedule - Sat Aug 13 (Fri Aug 12 in USA)
Game 1 @ 08:00a (04:00p Pacific) – Arita (Saga) 3 – 5 Hamada (Shimane)
Game 2 @ 10:30a (06:30p Pacific) – Kyushu Gakuin (Kumamoto) 14 – 4 Teikyogo (Ehime)
Game 3 @ 01:00p (09:00p Pacific) – Chiben Wakayama (Wakayama) 3 – 5 Kokugakuin Tochigi (Tochigi)
Game 4 @ 03:30p (11:30p Pacific) – Tsuruga Kehi (Fukui) 8 – 6 Ichi Funabashi (Chiba)

Day 9 Schedule - Sun Aug 14 (Sat Aug 13 in USA)
Game 1 @ 08:00a (04:00p Pacific) – Yokohama (Kanagawa) 2 – 3 Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima)
Game 2 @ 10:30a (06:30p Pacific) – Nishogakusha Univ. (East Tokyo) 7 – 5 Yashiro (Hyogo)
Game 3 @ 01:00p (09:00p Pacific) – Osaka Toin (Osaka) 19 – 0 Seibo Gakuen (Saitama) :mjcry:
 
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Third Round

Day 10
Schedule – Mon Aug 15 (Sun Aug 14 in USA)
Game 1 @ 08:00a (04:00p Pacific) – Meishu Hitachi (Ibaraki) 4 – 5 Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi)
Game 2 @ 10:30a (06:30p Pacific) – Takamatsu (Kagawa) 2 – 1 Kyushu International (Fukuoka)
Game 3 @ 01:00p (09:00p Pacific) – Meiho (Oita) 2 – 5 Aiko Daimei Den (Aichi)
Game 4 @ 03:30p (11:30p Pacific) – Omi (Shiga) 7 – 1 Kaisei (Nagasaki)

Day 11 Schedule – Tue Aug 16 (Mon Aug 15 in USA)
Game 1 @ 08:00a (04:00p Pacific) – Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi) 9 – 3 Hamada (Shimane)
Game 2 @ 10:30a (06:30p Pacific) – Kyushu Gakuin (Kumamoto) 4 – 0 Kokugakuin Tochigi (Tochigi)
Game 3 @ 01:00p (09:00p Pacific) – Tsuruga Kehi (Fukui) 1 – 8 Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima)
Game 4 @ 03:30p (11:30p Pacific) – Nishogakusha Univ. (East Tokyo) 0 – 4 Osaka Toin (Osaka)

Day 12 Schedule
– Wed Aug 17 (Tue Aug 16 in USA)
Rest day, no games
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Quarterfinals – BEST 8

Day 13
Schedule – Thur Aug 18 (Wed Aug 17 in USA)
Game 1 @ 08:00a (04:00p Pacific) – Aiko Daimei Den (Aichi) 2 – 6 Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi)
Game 2 @ 10:30a (06:30p Pacific) – Takamatsu (Kagawa) 6 – 7 Omi (Shiga)
Game 3 @ 01:00p (09:00p Pacific) – Osaka Toin (Osaka) 4 – 5 Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)
Game 4 @ 03:30p (11:30p Pacific) – Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima) 10 – 5 Kyushu Gakuin (Kumamoto)

Day 14 Schedule – Fri Aug 19 (Thur Aug 18 in USA)
Rest day, no games

Seminfinals – BEST 4

Day 15 Schedule
– Sat Aug 20 (Fri Aug 19 in USA)
Game 1 @ 09:00a (05:00p Pacific) – Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi) 18 – 4 Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima)
Game 2 @ 11:30a (07:30p Pacific) – Omi (Shiga) 2 – 8 Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)

Day 16 Schedule
– Sun Aug 21 (Sat Aug 20 in USA)
Rest day, no games

Final

Day 17 Schedule
– Mon Aug 22 (Sun Aug 21 in USA)
Final @ 02:00p (10:00p Pacific) – Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi) 8 – 1 Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)
 
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Opening ceremony starting soon, had a rain delay I think. First game in about 90 mins.
 

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It's a fun watch if you're a baseball fan and theres games everyday for 2+ weeks so you can watch whenever you feel. The pace is faster than American baseball due to less time between pitches, less pitching changes, less commercials etc. The atmosphere is really cool with the bands and thundersticks. Feels like a different game.
 

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Fell asleep on the 11th inning walk-off last night :sadcam:. Good slate of games today, Meiden (Ichiro's HS) v. Seiryo and Ohmi/Naruto should be the main events, lots of tournament appearances between these schools. Will try to keep the blogging posting to a minimum, happy watching everyone.

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Fell asleep on the 11th inning walk-off last night :sadcam:. Good slate of games today, Meiden (Ichiro's HS) v. Seiryo and Ohmi/Naruto should be the main events, lots of tournament appearances between these schools. Will try to keep the blogging posting to a minimum, happy watching everyone.

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I think Seiryo got a mixed dude pitching :gladbron: He getting rocked rn lol :mjlol:

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14-2 final score, trash game :huhldup:shoulda took a nap to help stay up for the later games
 
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The translator add-in even translates the live tweets. Looks like shyt-talking occurs in all cultures lol

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A rough day 2 - blowouts, dingers, slow games, errors, and leg cramps
  • First big upset of the tournament as Meiden blows out Seiryo 14-2. Seiryo was a title favorite I believe.
  • 2 Tohoku teams advance - the live tweets suggest this is a weaker region and this isn't normal
  • Tsuruoka powers ahead with 3 HRs. An ugly game with 7 errors and tons of HBP/BB/WP. Bunch of kids cramping from the heat and someone ended up going to the hospital
  • Missed the Omi game, but they looked strong in the highlights. Easy win over Naruto, gotta watch their 2nd round game.
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Day 3 preview
  • The Tenri v. Yamanashi game seems like a must watch. Both teams massacred opponents in their prefecture tournaments (outscored opponents 53-3 and 72-5 respectively in 5 games), expecting a lot of offense.
  • Konan (Okinawa) playing today, will be super late but I'm gonna try to watch it. Okinawan fans got a rep for being loud and animated.

 
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