A championship after 107 years.
Keio (Kanagawa) has won Japan’s 105th National High School Baseball Championship (Koshien). Keio defeated Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi) 8-2 in the championship game at Koshien Stadium on March 23.
It was the first time Keio had stood on top of the Koshien in 107 years since winning the second edition in 1916, and the first time they had reached the final since 1920.
Meanwhile, Sendai Ikuei, who won the Koshien last year, fell short in their bid to become the seventh team in history to win back-to-back titles.
Keio opened the scoring in the first inning with a leadoff home run by top hitter Minato Maruta. It was the first leadoff home run in Koshien history. She pulled a 133-kilometer slider from Sendai Ikuei starter Toma Yuda over the right field fence.
Keio led off the inning with a single and a walk to put runners on first and second and made it 2-0 with an infield single to shortstop two batters later.
After a leadoff walk in the second, Keio laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second. Minato, who homered in his first at-bat, followed with an RBI single to right to make it 3-0.
Ikuei Sendai put runners on second and third in the bottom of the second with a leadoff single and a walk. After a strikeout loaded the bases with one out, he scored on a grounder to the second baseman.
In the third, a leadoff single and a throwing error by the shortstop put runners on second and third. A grounder to shortstop put runners on second and third with one out, and the runner at third was caught in a double play. A throwing error by the pitcher allowed a run to score and cut the lead to 3-2.
Ikuei Sendai had a chance to tie the game in the fourth inning with a leadoff double, but back-to-back singles put runners on second and third on a throwing error by the pitcher. A strikeout ended the tie.
Sendai Ikuei was relieved by ace Takahashi in the fifth inning, but a pair of fielding errors led to a five-run outburst.
He gave up a double to left field that went over the third baseman’s head to make it 4-2. A walk followed to put runners on first and second. He then hit a high fly ball to left-center field, where the left fielder came out and made a diving catch. The score was 5-2, with runners on second and third.
Then came the fatal error. The left fielder and center fielder missed each other trying to catch a grounder, allowing both runners to cross the plate. The score grew to 7-2, and a double to right field with two outs made it 8-2.
Keio brought in ace Masaki Oyake as the second pitcher in the bottom of the fifth inning after starter Suzuki pitched four innings of three-hit ball with four strikeouts and two runs (one earned). Oyake, who threw a 118-pitch shutout in the semifinals on May 21, pitched five scoreless innings.카지노사이트
Oyake retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth innings. With two outs in the seventh, he gave up a double to right, but got a grounder to shortstop to end the inning. In the eighth, he gave up back-to-back singles but got out of the jam with a grounder to first base. He led off the ninth with a single, but retired the next three batters to secure the win.