JAPAN – The Hyogo Swing Smileys won the 2011 Cinderella Series against the Kyoto Dreams. The two Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) clubs actually split the 10-game series but the Swing Smileys outscored the Dreams, 35-31.
The series attracted more than 20,000 fans with 3,929 spectators showing up at the Nagoya Dome on May 3 to witness Kyoto earn a 4-3 win. The squads played four one-run affairs, and eight of the 10 contests were decided by three runs or less.
GPBL STAGES CHARITY GAME
The Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) played a charity match at Sendai Municipal Stadium on Sept. 15. The GPBL held clinics in Sendai and Natori back in July, but this was their first game in the Tohoku region. Admission was free and proceeds from merchandise sales was donated to relief and reconstruction efforts in northern Japan. The Kyoto players also held a baseball clinic for about 50 people before the game.
NEW GPBL TEAM FOR 2012
The Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) announced that a third team, based out of Kansai, will be joining the league next year. A press conference announcing the name of the new team, in addition to the manager and players, will be held in early December.
The players for the new team will be selected during tryouts that will be held in Kansai and Kanto later this month. Around 20 players will be selected. A number of players from the two teams currently in the league will also probably be shuffled around.
The GPBL also has a Ustream account: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/girls-probaseball
4/29 – Kyoto 2, Hyogo 0 (Anan Stadium)
5/01 – Hyogo 5, Kyoto 3 (Yahoo Dome)
5/03 – Kyoto 4, Hyogo 3 (Nagoya Dome)
7/10 – Hyogo 2, Kyoto 1 (Kurashiki Muscat Stadium)
8/15 – Hyogo 4, Kyoto 2 (Kyocera Dome)
8/19 – Hyogo 6, Kyoto 1 (Thirty-Four Sagamihara Stadium)
8/20 – Kyoto 11, Hyogo 7 (Seibu Dome)
8/21 – Kyoto 3, Hyogo 2 (Jingu Stadium)
9/15 – Hyogo 4, Kyoto 1 (Sendai Stadium)
9/17 – Kyoto 3, Hyogo 2 (Sapporo Dome)
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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.