• Kyodo


Takeo Ueno, Yoshihiro Fuji and Yuta Horie drove in nine runs between them Saturday as Naruto Kogyo crushed Tochigi’s Utsunomiya Minami 14-3 in the opening game of the national high school baseball championship.

News photoDefending champion Komadai Tomakomai of Hokkaido leads the procession of 49 schools in the opening ceremony of the 87th annual National High School Baseball Championship at Koshien Stadium.

Ueno sparked a five-run first inning with a two-out run-scoring triple and the Tokushima school added a run in the second and fourth, followed by a five-run fifth to put the game out of reach at Koshien Stadium.

Aki Tanaka limited the damage to three runs over eight effective innings, helping Naruto Kogyo move into the second round.

In another first-round game, Yuya Tamori hit an RBI triple and Ryusuke Kamoda delivered a two-run homer as Aomori Yamada rallied to take the lead in the fifth inning en route to eliminating two-time national title holder Chiben Wakayama with a 7-5 victory.

Each Aomori Yamada player recorded at least one hit and Masatomi Yanagida pitched a complete game as the Aomori prefecture school won its 30th game overall in the summer and spring tournaments at Koshien.

In the day’s final game, tournament debutant Kokushikan from Tokyo overcame a two-run deficit to force an extra inning and scored four times in the 10th inning to beat Tenri of Nara Prefecture 7-3.

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