Organizers cancel Spring Koshien due to COVID-19 crisis

(www.japantimes.co.jp)

For the first time in history the Japan High School Baseball Federation has canceled the national invitational tournament, due to coronavirus fears. […] It is the first time since its establishment in 1924 that a senbatsu tournament at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, will not be held as scheduled.

Oh, wow. This is big. The senbatsu tournament at Koshien is something that kids prepare for from the age of six, if not younger. Boys will plan which schools they attend, which clubs they’ll join, and even which friends they’ll have in order to play at this hallowed field. For it to be cancelled … we’ll … a lot of kids will be crying 😑