It took 50 innings to decide a high school baseball game in Japan

Sunday August 31st, 2014

If you're one of those people who whines about how baseball games are too long, you should, for the sake of your own sanity, stop reading right now, because a high school game in Japan just took a whopping 50 innings to complete.

The contest, between Chukyo High and Sotoku High, began last Thursday and finally concluded today, with a 3-0 win for Chukyo. Both starting pitchers -- Taiga Matsui for Chukyo and Jukiya Ishioka for Sotoku -- pitched the entire game, each throwing over 680 pitches. 

Proving there is no rest for the weary, Chukyo had to play a second game -- the final of the National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament -- in the afternoon, a contest which they won 2-0 to capture the title.

Someone get that kid some ice.


-- Stu White

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