Victory in the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League, Parade, and Celebrations at Mita Campus
November 6, 2017
The Keio University Baseball Club won the 2017 Fall Tokyo Big6 Baseball League for the first time since the tournament in the spring of 2014. They won 2 consecutive games against Waseda University to claim the title for the 35th time.
In the second game played on October 30, Keio scored a run in the second inning to lead the game. In the 6th inning, Waseda scored a run to tie the game, but in the bottom of the same inning, Shota Shimizu (4th year, Faculty of Policy Management) hit a 3-base hit and the team scored 2 runs. In the bottom of the 8th inning, the team attacked furiously and scored 4 runs to take a big lead against Waseda University. Also, Hiroki Sato (1st year, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies), the starting pitcher, pitched well, giving up only two runs in 8 innings. The team won 7–2 and won the league. Many students and alumni came to watch the game at Meiji Jingu Stadium and enthusiastically supported the team, and at the moment of victory, loud excited cheers were heard from the stands.
After the closing ceremony on October 31, there was a parade from the front of the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery in Meiji Jingu Gaien to Mita Campus, where a victory celebration was held. About 1,000 students and alumni participated in the parade, and 1,500 people joined the celebration on campus and shared in the joy of victory.
Hideaki Ookubo, the manager of the team, being thrown into the air
The parade passing through Roppongi Crossing
(From left) Hideaki Ookubo, the manager of the team, Rui Teruya (4th year, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies), captain of the baseball team, and Keio President Akira Haseyama riding in the parade car
Breaking open a ceremonial sake barrel using baseball bats
The Keio Cheer Group performing to enliven the celebrations