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Second baseman Yoshitsugu Yamaguchi went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 in eight strong innings, leading Hokkaido’s Komadai Tomakomai to a 7-4 win over Chiben Wakayama in the semifinals of the National High School Baseball Championship on Saturday.

Tokyo’s Waseda Jitsugyo shut out tournament debutant Kagoshima Kogyo 5-0 in the other semifinal to set up a showdown in Sunday’s final with Komadai Tomakomai, which came within one win of becoming only the second school to claim a third consecutive national title, and the first in 73 years.

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