National high school body orders pitch limits for first time

Baseball Nov 29, 2019

National high school body orders pitch limits for first time

High school games played at the spiritual home of Japanese baseball will get a new look in 2020 after the organizer of the prestigious national championship on Friday announced its first pitch limits. Starting from next spring's national invitational tournament at Koshien Stadium near Osaka, ...

Toho captures final high school championship of Heisei Era

Baseball Apr 3, 2019

Toho captures final high school championship of Heisei Era

Toho, the Aichi Prefecture school that won the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament held in the first year of the Heisei Era 30 years ago, won the spring final on Wednesday in the last tournament of the current era. Toho beat Narashino, of Chiba ...

High school baseball federation wants review of pitch limits

Baseball Feb 21, 2019

High school baseball federation wants review of pitch limits

The Japan High School Baseball Federation said Wednesday it will ask a local prefectural body to review its decision to implement the country's first pitch limits in high school baseball, which are aimed at preventing injuries to the arms of young players. The national federation ...

Niigata introduces first pitch limit in Japanese high school baseball

Baseball Dec 23, 2018

Niigata introduces first pitch limit in Japanese high school baseball

Japan's complex relationship with marathon pitching performances will get a new look next spring, when the Niigata Prefectural High School Baseball Federation revealed Saturday it will institute the first pitch limits in Japanese high school ball. Epic high school pitching performances are the stuff of ...

Osaka Toin romps to victory in 100th Koshien final

Baseball Aug 21, 2018

Osaka Toin romps to victory in 100th Koshien final

All but one player in the Osaka Toin starting lineup had at least one hit as it pounced on Kanaashi Nogyo 13-2 in the final of the National High School Baseball Championship on Tuesday. Osaka Toin, which won its fifth Summer Koshien title and eighth ...

Summer Koshien: From the inside

Baseball | In Pictures Aug 19, 2018

Summer Koshien: From the inside

by Lance Henderstein

While living in Japan, I spent languid summers watching Koshien on television. I'd rise before the first game and pour cold mugicha (barley tea) as cicadas hummed outside my open windows. It's the sounds I remember most. The chatter of the announcers punctuated by aluminum bat ...

Remembering classic Koshien contests

Baseball Aug 3, 2018

Remembering classic Koshien contests

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Koshien, Japan's midsummer sporting tradition, has staged so many great, unforgettable battles in its one-century history. Quite impressively, they have stayed in the collective memory of the nation's baseball fans, partially thanks to its win-or-go-home format. There are numerous deserving candidates that could appear on ...

Koshien: Annual event has provided a century of thrills

Baseball Aug 3, 2018

Koshien: Annual event has provided a century of thrills

by Robert Whiting

Ah, Koshien. The 100th National High School Baseball Tournament gets underway on Sunday at historic Koshien Stadium near Kobe. Organized by the Japan High School Baseball Federation in association with the prestigious Asahi Shimbun, the tourney is the largest sporting event in Japan, on par ...