05 May '11, 6am

Japan tsunami children keep baseball dream alive / In Pictures: Children's Day in Japan

Japan tsunami children keep baseball dream alive / In Pictures: Children's Day in Japan

YAMADAMACHI (Japan) - YUKI Kikuchi saw his hometown destroyed by the tsunami which devastated north-eastern Japan on March 11, and the teenager thought his dream of playing baseball was gone. Now living in a school gymnasium with hundreds of other disaster victims, the 17-year-old believed his chance of making the national high school baseball tournament had been snatched away by huge waves that left Yamadamachi in ruins. But the teenager said his team was now determined to show the disaster had not destroyed their hopes of playing at the Koshien Stadium, Japan's biggest ball park where the legendary Babe Ruth played an exhibition game in 1934. 'We don't want to lose everything we had tried hard for,' said a resolute Kikuchi. 'I want to practise hard so that we can beat a team from the inland area.' On the high school baseball scene, the town is not a traditional powerhous...

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