Japan – 87th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament in Progress
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the high school baseball tournament
The 87th Championship, the forerunner to baseball season in Japan, started at Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture on March 21, 2015.
The tournament lasts 12 days including a day of rest and is competed by 32 high schools selected throughout Japan. The venue, popularly known as “Koshien” will be the main stadium for 18 Under IBAF Baseball World Cup scheduled from August 26 to September 6, 2015.
On the opening day Saturday, Hchinohe Gakuin Kosei (Aomori) won over Joso Gakuin (Kumamoto) 9-2, Osaka Toin, winner of last year’s summer tournament, beat Tokyo’s Tokaidai Sugao 8-0 and Joso Gakuin (Ibaragi) crushed Yonago Kita (Tottori) 14-1