The whole tournament is in a rain delay right now and you can blame typhoon #11 for this.
Pictures from the Kansai region clearly show that there’s no way the opening day was being played and the JHBF called off the second day as well, so the tournament will commence on August 11th with the opening ceremony and the first three games starting at 9 am (2 am CEST).
The three pairings will be:
- Game 1: Ryuugokudai Heian (Kyoto) vs Kasukabe Kyouei (Saitama)
- Game 2: Sakaide Shougyou (Kagawa) vs Tsuruga Kehi (Fukui)
- Game 3: Nichidai Tsurugaoka (West Tokyo) vs Toyama Shougyou (Toyama)
So while we have some time let me guide your attention towards to fine posts. First, the never-getting-tired Edwin of the 高校野球 blog provides us with a fine list of the participating schools. And the equally well informed Gen of yakyubaka.com has a nice list of players to watch out for for your reading pleasure.
I don’t have a favourite team really. And while I am a bit disappointed that Tenri and Chiben Wakayama didn’t make it, I’ll enjoy the likes of Ryuugokudai Heian or Nihon Bunri just as much. It a shame that Saibi didn’t qualify, so we won’t be able to watch how Tomohiro Anraku has evolved over the past months. But we’ll have nine newcomers who we can root for, so it should be a fun two weeks.
Finally, on a personal note: I’ve started a German twitter account (@DGoKokoyakyu) with which I’ll be trying to cover the tournament and show the beauty of high school baseball in Japan to German baseball fans.