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Osaka Toin romps to victory in 100th Koshien final大阪桐蔭、甲子園で史上初2度目の春夏連覇

Osaka Toin players celebrate after winning the Koshien final in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on Aug. 21. KYODO© KYODO
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All but one player in the Osaka Toin starting lineup had at least one hit as they beat Kanaashi Nogyo 13-2 in the final of the National High School Baseball Championship on Aug. 21.

In winning their fifth Summer Koshien title and eighth overall, Osaka Toin became the first high school to complete a spring-summer double twice, having accomplished the feat in 2012.

Osaka Toin jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning at sold-out Koshien Stadium and never looked back. Kyota Fujiwara sparked a six-run rally in the fifth with a leadoff single and Jinto Miyazaki drove in a team-high four runs.

Osaka Toin starter Ren Kakigi went the distance on 112 pitches, allowing five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

It was his second complete game in as many days after he threw 155 pitches in the Aug. 20 semifinal.

“It was a team effort so I’m really happy,” said Osaka Toin manager Koichi Nishitani.

Had Kanaashi Nogyo won, the Akita Prefecture school would have become the first from the Tohoku region to capture the title. The team was the first from Akita to reach the final since 1915.

A record 56 high schools participated in the 100th anniversary of the Summer Koshien, which started Aug. 5. (Kyodo)

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