Okinawa Shogaku High School wins Kyushu baseball tournament

November 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, the final of the 131st High School Baseball Championship of the Kyushu region was held at the Nagasaki Prefectural Baseball Ballpark. These games decide the schools that will compete in the National Championship in next spring. Okinawa Shogaku High School, representing Okinawa, beat Seiseiko High School of Kumamoto Prefecture 5-0, winning the championship for the first time. The last school representing Okinawa to win this championship was Kadena High School in 2009, and the win makes it highly probable that Okinawa Shogaku will qualify to participate in next spring’s National Championship.

Okinawa Shogaku started the championship from the second round, and they got off to a good start by defeating Miyazaki Prefecture representative Nisho Gakuen High School, 4-2. In the quarter-final match Okinawa Shogaku came up against Kumamoto Technical High School. In the early innings of that game, the pitcher of Kumamoto Technical overpowered the Okinawa Shogaku batters, but while Kumamoto Technical did mount a comeback, Okinawa Shogaku eventually got on top of the opposition pitcher in the latter innings, and won a close game 3-2 in the extra-innings.

In the semi-final, Okinawa Shogaku met Soseikan High School from Nagasaki Prefecture. Okinawa Shogaku’s attacking play was strong, with it scoring the first four runs. After adding another four points the mercy-rule ended the game in the seventh innings, with Okinawa Shogaku winning 8-1.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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