Looking Back on Keio Senior High School’s Achievements at the 100th Summer Koshien
August 27, 2018
On Sunday, August 5, the Keio Senior High School Baseball Team played in the third match on the opening day of the 100th National High School Baseball Championship of Japan (commonly known as the "Summer Koshien") against Chuetsu High School from Niigata Prefecture, securing a 3-2 victory in a dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth inning.
One week later on August 12, the Keio team faced Kochi Shogyo High School from Kochi Prefecture in their second game. Despite a valiant effort, Keio fell short with a 6-12 loss, failing to advance to the third round.
For both games, seats in the cheering section of the first base side "Alps Stand" were sold out, and were filled with Keio supporters ranging from elementary school to university students, alumni, and faculty and staff members cheering on the Keio team, and each time Keio scored a run, Koshien Stadium erupted with a spirited rendition of the school fight song "Wakaki-chi."
The spectators from the Keio stands showed their praise for the Keio players, who brought their high school to the tournament for its 18th appearance and first in a decade, by sending them off with a generous round of applause. The feisty, never-say-die spirit the players showed during this commemorative 100th Summer Koshien will be remembered long after the end of the tournament.
The Keio players celebrating their walk-off victory in their first game
Team members proudly singing the Alma Mater "The Juku-ka" after victory (photo from the first game)
Entrance parade at the opening ceremony
View of Koshien Stadium (photo from the first game)
Keio alumni cheering on the team (photo from the first game)
The pregame greeting (photo from the second game)
The Keio side "Alps Stand" filled to capacity (first base side) (photo from the second game)
Keio students showing their support for the team (photo from the second game)
The Keio Cheer Group’s Brass Band performing a fight song (photo from the second game)
The players showing their appreciation to their supporters after the game (photo from the second game)