99th Natsu Koushien  – Day 3, Game 2 – Hanasaki Tokuharu (Saitama) v Kaisei (Shimane)

99th Natsu Koushien – Day 3, Game 2 – Hanasaki Tokuharu (Saitama) v Kaisei (Shimane)

(photo courtesy of 47 News)

Kaisei (10th appearance, 1st in 3 years)

  • Location – Matsue-shi, Shimane
  • Private school
  • Student Body – 524 students (204 female)
  • Club Size – 85
  • Kantoku – Yamauchi Hirokazu (山内 弘和)

Road to Koushien

  • def Matsue Shougyou 6-3
  • def Matsue Nourin 15-5
  • def Shimane Chuo 7-2
  • def Risshoudai Shounan 5-2
  • def Hamada 7-1
  • def Matsue Higashi 5-2
No Pos 選手 Name Yr B/T Ht Wt
1 P 中村 優真 Nakamura Yuuma 2 L/L 170 72
2 C 湯浅 仁 Yuasa Jin 3 R/R 175 83
3 1B 稲田 哲平 Inada Teppei 3 R/L 168 89
4 2B 柏井 翔太 Kashiwai Shouta 3 R/R 173 82
5 3B 森山 凱 Moriyama (Kai) 3 R/R 166 74
6 SS 杉本 涼 Sugimoto Ryou 2 R/L 167 72
7 LF 鎌谷 優太 Kamatani Yuuta 3 R/L 170 77
8 CF 上田 一貴 Ueda (Kazuki) 3 R/R 174 88
9 RF 葉田 翔人 Hada Shouto 3 R/L 170 77
10 P 片原 啄勝 Katahara Takuto 3 R/R 174 73
11 P 土井 陽生 Doi (Haruo) 3 R/R 166 74
12 BN 中田 拓也 Nakata Takuya 3 R/L 175 77
13 BN 吾郷 涼太 Agou Ryouta 3 R/R 176 84
14 PH/OF 矢倉 虎依 Yagura Torayo 3 R/L 176 77
15 BN 平野 瑛士 Hirano Eiji 3 R/R 171 79
16 BN 佐藤 克敏 Satou Kazunori 3 R/R 173 82
17 BN 山根 良太 Yamane (Ryouta) 2 R/R 178 77
18 BN 加納 智也 Kanou (Tomoya) 2 L/L 180 84

Kaisei got mostly a free pass through the field, having only to face Risshoudai Shounan and winning that game 5-2. However, there isn’t a lot to be inspired about regarding the club. Ace Nakamura is purely a pitch-to-contact type of pitcher and the middle third of the lineup wasn’t all that successful.

Hanasaki Tokuharu (5th appearance, 3rd consecutive)

  • Location – Kazo-shi, Saitama
  • Private school
  • Student Body – 1,773 students (796 female)
  • Club Size – 126
  • Kantoku – Iwai Takashi(?) (岩井 隆)

Road to Koushien

  • def Koshigaya Sougou 11-1 (5 inn)
  • def Oomiya Minami 20-1 (5 inn)
  • def Musashi Ogose 8-2
  • def Urawa Jitsugyou 5-1
  • def Fujimino 9-1 (7 inn)
  • def Yamamura Gakuen 11-1 (7 inn)
  • def Urawa Gakuin 5-2
No Pos 選手 Name Yr B/T Ht Wt
1 P 清水  達也 Shimizu Tatsuya 3 R/R 182 83
2 C 須永  光 Sunaga Hikaru 3 R/L 174 79
3 1B 野村  佑希 Nomura Yuuki 3 R/R 185 87
4 2B 千丸  剛 Chimaru Tsuyoshi 3 R/L 167 67
5 3B 高井  悠太郎 Takai Yuutarou 3 R/L 169 70
6 SS 岩瀬  誠良 Iwase Tomoharu 3 R/R 174 72
7 LF 西川  愛也 Nishikawa Manaya 3 R/L 180 78
8 CF 太刀岡 蓮 Tachioka Ren 3 L/L 169 70
9 RF 小川  恩 Ogawa Megumu 3 R/L 174 80
10 P 綱脇  慧 Tsunawaki Sui 3 R/R 180 80
11 P 斎藤  倖介 Saitou Kousuke 3 R/R 183 78
12 BN 佐々木 将太 Sasaki Shouta 3 R/L 170 71
13 BN 久原  卓大 Kuhara Takahiro 3 R/R 170 78
14 BN 倉持  賢太 Kuramochi Kenta 3 R/R 174 70
15 P 中山  大陸 Nakayama Daichi 3 L/L 173 70
16 BN 韮沢  雄也 Nirasawa Yuuya 3 R/L 176 72
17 PH/OF 赤間  昂大 Akama Kouta 3 R/R 173 74
18 BN 真塩  恵太 Mashio Keita 3 R/R 175 68

Hanasaki Tokuharu too only had to play one key game, and that was the final against Urawa Gakuin. And the interesting bit is that their ace Shimizu only pitched the final 3 innings of the game where he did not give up a hit and struck out 5. To have that confidence to not start your ace in the title game might (a) show depth and (b) that Shimizu might have a lot to offer when he does come in (though Urawa Gakuin might have started becoming desperate by that point)

Lineups

Hanasaki Tokuharu

  • CF Tachioka
  • 2B Chimaru
  • LF Nishikawa
  • 1B Nomura
  • C Sunaga
  • 3B Takai
  • RF Ogawa
  • P Sunawaki (#10)
  • SS Iwase

Kaisei

  • 3B Moriyama
  • SS Sugimoto
  • RF Hada
  • CF Ueda
  • LF Kamatani
  • 2B Kashiwai
  • 1B Agou (#13)
  • C Yuasa
  • P Nakamura

10:50 – First Pitch!

1st Inning

Well, aces aren’t getting out of the first inning unscathed. Tachioka single, sac bunt and then Nishikawa attacks the first pitch, singles to right and it’s 1-0 Hanasaki Tokuharu.

Kaisei with runners on 1st and 2nd after a single and a hit batter. Ueda looks to get a similar timely hit, but instead hits a weak comebacker to Tsunawaki who starts inning-ending 1-6-3 double play

2nd Inning

It’s all Hanasaki Tokuharu early. 2 out, runner on 1st, Tachioka hits a hard single through the right side, Chimaru follows that up by hitting another pitch left over the plate to the wall in right center and already they’re up 3-1.

3rd Inning

The hits just keep on coming for Hanasaki Tokuharu. Nomura’s leadoff single comes home on Ogawa’s single to right. That already makes it 4-0 with 3 hits each inning for the team.

4th-5th Innings

Nakamura’s able to put up 2 bagels, though the 5th is a bit shakier. However his offense has yet to show any sign of efforting any type of resistance to Tsunawaki’s pitching.

Rest of game

With Kaisei continuing to show nothing at the plate, the best Nakamura could do was to keep the game respectable. But while he had held Hanasaki Tokuharu scoreless for 3 innings, the 7th he finally cracked. An opening error didn’t help, but when Nomura doubled and Sunaga each drove in a run, he was sent to the outfield. 6-0 wasn’t bad, but Katahara wasn’t much better hitting 2 batters and yielding 3 more runs.

Kaisei empties the bench save for #12 Nakata as Hanasaki Tokuharu advances 9-0.

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