The only woman managing a high school baseball team in Osaka does things a little differently

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

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And she’s making a big difference for her players.

Along with cumulonimbus clouds and chirping cicadas, the Japanese High School Baseball Championship, a.k.a. Koshien Tournament, is a sure sign that summer has arrived in Japan. After a pandemic-caused hiatus in 2020, the national single-elimination contest is back this year, with regional qualifiers going on right now to determine the teams that will compete in the finals in August.

Last Saturday, Toyonaka City high school Mino Jiyu Gakuen took the field in the Osaka Prefecture qualifier, and even before the first pitch, two unique aspects to the team could

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