Two senior high schools from the Tsunami stricken areas faced at the Iwate Prefectural Preliminary Baseball Games

By Kikki - Last updated: 火曜日, 7月 19, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

[From Ofunato city-my stricken home town]

– East Japan Great Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster-

Ofunato Senior High defeated Kuji Technical High in 8-3

Ofunato Senior High School faced Kuji Technical High School on July 18 at the Iwate Prefectural Preliminary Baseball Games for the 93rd National High School Baseball Championship. Both high schools suffered heavy damage from the tsunami. Ofunato Senior High School defeated Kuji Technical High School in 8-3.

Baseball team in Kuji Technical High School had no place for training because its gymnasium was used as the temporary morgue for corpses and school ground was for the rescue party from the Self-Defense Force.

On the other hand, about 10 members of the baseball team in Ofunato Senior High School lost their homes at the tsunami. 

‘Both teams were in an awkward situation but could overcome it. Our team did our utmost to win the game.’ Mr. Yoshida, the baseball manager of Ofunato Senior High School, was considerate toward Kuji Technical High School.

The National High School Baseball Championship (全国高等学校野球選手権大会) of Japan, commonly known as “Summer Kōshien” (夏の甲子園), is an annual nationwide high school baseball tournament. It is the largest scale amateur sport event in Japan, even as soccer continues to gain more attention.

The tournament, organized by the Japan High School Baseball Federation and Asahi Shinbun, takes place during the summer school vacation period, culminating in a two-week final tournament stage with 49 teams in August at Hanshin Koshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場) in the Koshien district of Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan.


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