2 Fukushima teams picked for spring high school baseball tourney

Photo: Tadami High School's baseball team members explode in joy, hurling their caps into the air, at news that the school was picked for its first participation in the Koshien tourney from the "21st century" special selection category.

Seikogakuin High School and Tadami High School in Fukushima Prefecture were picked on Jan. 28 as among the 32 teams for the 94th edition of the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament, known as "Senbatsu" (select). The selection committee for the March 18-30 event met at the Osaka head office of the Mainichi Newspapers national daily, one of the tournament's main organizers, with some committee members joining online. The committee chose Seikogakuin based on the team's performance in a major regional meet in Tohoku while selecting Tadami as one of the three schools in the "21st century" special invitation category. It will be Seikogakuin's first participation in four years in the Senbatsu competition and sixth overall. The school will also make its 22nd appearance in the two biggest national-level tournaments when including the National High School Baseball Championship, which is traditionally held in August and features schools from all 47 prefectures. Both tournaments are staged at Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. Tadami will play for the first time in a classic. The last time two Fukushima schools appeared in the same Koshien tournament was in 2013, when Seikogakuin and Iwaki Kaisei High School, currently Onahama Kaisei High School, played in the spring invitational. (Translated by Kyodo News)