Historical Game of Collegiate National Team Opened New Epoch for Japanese Baseball
20,649 Fans Watched “Send-Off” Game against NPB Junior All-Stars
Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Junior All Stars took on Collegiate National Baseball Team (Samurai Japan) at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Tokyo on Monday, June 29 to send Samurai Japan off to the baseball championship at the 28th Universiade in Gwangju, Korea from July 7.
Seigi Tanaka (Soka Univ.) impressed many professional scouts by pitching 7 consecutive strikeouts against professional players. The success of the exhibition game is hailed to serve as a trigger for new relationship within the baseball community in Japan to promote the sport for young generation.
The Japanese Collegiate National Team had three exhibition games, two against leading contenders of industrial league resulting in one win (vs. Toshiba) and one draw (vs. Tokyo Gas), and the other against a Korean second string collegiate team on June 30 by winning 9-1. 8 countries are scheduled to participate in the Championship and the top two teams of each Pool
Pool A: Korea, Japan, China and France
Pool B: U.S.A., Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic and Mexico