(photo courtesy of Ehime Shinbun)
Road to Haru Koushien
- def combined Tsushima-Mima 23-0 (5 inn)
- def Minami-Uwa 2-1
- def Yawatahama 7-0 (7 inn)
- lost Uwajima Higashi 5-6
- def Komatsu 9-8
- def Matsuyama Seiryou 9-2 (7 inn)
- def Saijyou 5-0
- lost Uwajima Higashi 2-3x (10 inn)
- def Okou 8-0 (7 inn)
- def Takamatsu Shougyou 7x-0 (8 inn)
- def Eimei 5-3
- lost Meitoku Gijyuku 2-11
Yes, there are a lot of Teikyou university schools. So much so that it can get confusing if two of them were to face each other, though Toukaidai schools prolly take the cake when it comes to that.
Teikyou Dai-go has always been one of those Tier 3 schools, running into the powerhouse schools. Yet, it was clearly the 2nd best in its prefecture (losing to Uwajima Higashi twice), but then put some solid wins together, including a win over last Haru Koushien’s runner-up Takamatsu Shougyou (who was certainly in some form of rebuilding), before just getting overrun by Meitoku Gijyuku.
There is a disturbing trend here, and it has to do with pitchers. Teikyou Dai-go’s ace is Okamoto Kentarou (岡元 健太朗). He pitched the first 3 games of the super-regional before lasting just 1/3+IP in the final before being pulled and his lines were the following:
- v Okou – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 4 BB
- v Takamatsu Shougyou – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 4 BB
- v Eimei – CG, 3 ER, 10 H, 4 K, 7 BB
- v Meitoku Gijyuku – 0.1 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 0 K, 2 BB
Which means while he gave up 7 ER in 24.1 IP which isn’t terrible (2.589 ERA), the peripherals are just like Meitoku Gijyuku’s ace if not worse (3.329 K/9, 6.288 BB/9). And this means the numbers can only get worse when they trek to Koushien.
The relief corps fared little better:
- Takahashi Ippei (高橋 一平) – 2.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, K, 2 BB
- Satou Sousuke (佐藤 蒼介) – 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 7 BB
Takahashi throws in the low 120s with a slider, while Satou is generally in the mid 120s and has a slider/forkball combo. Neither has really good control and should not be depended upon.
Offensively, the team hit well in the first 3 games, but then were just 6-29 against Meitoku Giyuku though they did draw 9 walks. The most consistent hitter was SS Miyashita Shouri(?) (宮下 勝利) who was 6-13 with 5 RBIs. 2B Kawamoto Kodai (川本 虎大) at the bottom of the lineup 5-11 with 3 RBIs including 2 hits in the Meitoku Gijyuku game. If we overlook that game, C Shinozaki Kouta(?) (篠崎 康) had been 5-7 with 4 RBIs before going hitless. It should be said that in the Eimei game he had only one official AB which means that he probably was walked a bit and carried over to the next game.
In the end, the story goes – different team, same story. I’m pretty underwhelmed with the teams coming out of this region – not just Shikoku, but also in Chuugoku. You’ll be hard pressed to find a team that could escape the first round.