Okinawa Shogaku wins Meiji Jingu baseball title

Okinawa Shogaku wins Meiji Jingu baseball title

Okinawa Shogaku players are delighted after winning the Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament title for the first time at the Meiji Jingu Stadium on November 20. (Photograph taken by Noriko Oshiro)


November 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Shogaku High School won the 44th Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament with a 3-1 upset victory over Nihonbunri High School in the final in Tokyo on November 20. Okinawa Shogaku represented the Kyushu area and Nihonbunri (Niigata Prefecture) the Hokushinetsu area. Okinawa Shogaku was the first high school team from Okinawa to win the Meiji Jingu Baseball crown. They allowed Nihonbunri to get out to an 8-0 lead, including five home runs, which is the most recorded in one game by the Nihonbunri team. But in the 7th innings Okinawa Shogaku scored three runs, and then turned the tables by getting another six in the following innings by batting around.

Asia University (Tohto University Baseball League) won the All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series in the Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament for the first time in seven years and posted a fourth career victory in the 2-1 victory over Meiji University (Tokyo’s Six Major Universities League). Asia University won by usinging two pitchers in the game. Hiroaki Minei, who graduated from Okinawa Shogaku, contributed to the victory scoring the two runs by one run-scoring hit and a solo home run.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

Osamu Sunagawa with a timely two run-scoring right front hit by Shuto Kubo in the eighth innings with bases loaded and two out at the Meiji Jingu Stadium on November 20. (Photograph taken by Takaya Kinra)


Shuto Kubo makes the game-winning hit in the eighth innings with the bases loaded and two out.

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