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Hanamaki Higashi overcame highly touted left-hander Yusei Kikuchi’s early exit to beat Meiho 7-6 in 10 innings in the quarterfinals of the National High School Baseball Championship on Friday.

Kikuchi had a sore back and left with a 4-1 lead after allowing just one hit and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings for the Iwate Prefecture school.

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