99th Natsu Koushien – Day 4, Game 4 – Yonago Shouin (Tottori) v Osaka Touin (Osaka)

99th Natsu Koushien – Day 4, Game 4 – Yonago Shouin (Tottori) v Osaka Touin (Osaka)

(photo courtesy of Mainichi)

Osaka Touin (9th appearance, 1st in 3 years)

  • Location – Daitou-shi, Osaka
  • Private school
  • Student Body – 2,089 students (861 female)
  • Club Size – 63
  • Kantoku – Nishitani Kouichi (西谷 浩一)

Road to Koushien

  • def Ootemae 13-1
  • def Senri 14-1
  • def Shibutani 6-1
  • def Doushisha Kouri 5-0
  • def Konkou Osaka 6-0
  • def Koukoku 15-9
  • def Riseisha 8-4
  • def Ookanmuri 10-8

Osaka Touin is coming into Natsu Koushien with their normal blueprint. Lots of offense and just enough pitching to get by. Those last 3 games are what you risk when you follow this method – needing to outscore your opposition. Waseda Jitsugyou tried to do that this year, but their pitching staff was just plain awful. Osaka Touin’s has been passable – even when they had Fujinami Shintarou (he’s a good pitcher with Hanshin, but still walks a ton of batters. This team won the spring, so basically it’s up to the rest of the field to prove they’re not good enough. Based on the games they might be more vulnerable in the final stages, but at the same time those teams might be just as vulnerable.

Yonago Shouin (3rd appearance, 1st in 17 years)

  • Location – Yonago-shi, Tottori
  • Private school
  • Student Body – 651 students (267 female)
  • Club Size – 70
  • Kantoku – Kasao Yukihiro (笠尾 幸広)

Road to Koushien

  • def Tottori Shougyou 5-3
  • def Tottori Jyouhoku 6-2
  • def Tottori Chuo Ikuei 13-0
  • def Yazu 8-2
  • def Yonago Higashi 5-2

It’ll be hard to think that a team from Tottori could upset the Haru champions. Sure, they defeated both Tottori Jyouhoku and Yazu, but it would take an extraordinary team and an extraordinary ace from that area to keep a team like them down. And this team just doesn’t appear to fit that mold. Not that it would be easy to mind you.

But we find a team with pitching staff without a lot of strikeouts and more than the desired number of walks, and holes at the bottom of the lineup.


Yonago Shouin

  • SS Babahata
  • CF Nagaoka
  • LF Tsushima
  • 3B Fukakai
  • C Ueda
  • 1B Nakata
  • RF Nakamura (#17)
  • 2B Yamaguchi
  • P Tatsumi

Osaka Touin

  • CF Fujiwara
  • C Fukui
  • 1B Nakagawa
  • LF Yamamoto
  • 3B Yamada
  • RF Neo (#10)
  • 2B Sakanoshita
  • SS Izumiguchi
  • P Tokuyama

15:08 – First Pitch!


Bottom 1st, Fukui clobbers a hanging curve down the RF line for a HR. 1-0…

Onto the 2nd and a double by Neo to the wall in left center drives in Yamada who had singled to start the frame. 2-0…

Now here’s the thing. There were two parts to this game. First, the fact Osaka Touin’s offense could possibly lap them for days.

The second bit is the fact that even if Osaka Touin’s pitching isn’t ace level, I was pretty sure they hadn’t seen someone throw 140.

So it wasn’t until the 5th inning before Yonago Shouin got their first base hit. Oy.

In the meantime, while Tatsumi was able to put up a 0 in the 3rd, he gives up a run in the 4th to the bottom of the lineup, and then the 5th they open the taps just a little more as the middle of the lineup puts together 2 more runs. At the break it’s 5-0 Osaka Touin, but it feels like a lot more. The baseball team in the ouen-dan at the break looks like they know what’s up.

Yonago Shouin would avoid a shutout, but not by conventional methods. In the 7th Tsushima would hit a ball to right. Neo would charge in, try to make a diving catch, but it would go by him. Not only that but the throw in gets by the cutoff men. Tsushima had already reached 3rd by that point, and was waved in to score Yonago Shouin’s only run.

But really, that was the only consolation, no no-hitter, no shutout, but they’re going home after an 8-1 loss. Osaka Touin was never challenged, got a game to warm up, and will face inter-regional opponent Chiben Wakayama next.


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