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89th Haru Koushien – Day 10, Game 2 – Fukuokadai Oohori (Fukuoka) v Houtoku Gakuen (Hyogo)

89th Haru Koushien – Day 10, Game 2 – Fukuokadai Oohori (Fukuoka) v Houtoku Gakuen (Hyogo)

(photo courtesy of Yahoo)

Houtoku Gakuen has yet to give up a run so far this tournament, annihilating Tajimi and demoralizing Maebashi Ikuei though in that second game they scored 4 in the first and nothing else. But despite the fact that they seem dominating, if you exclude that first inning in the game against Maebashi Ikuei there may be signs that they could still be a bit average.

Now, normally seeing them play Fukuokadai Oohori and the grades given pre-tournament, you would think that they would have no shot. But then you take into account their run so far, which has been 3 games long and with their ace (and probably their only pitcher) Miura Ginji with the following lines:

  • Day 3 – v Soushi Gakuen – 9 IP, 149 pitches
  • Day 7 – v Shiga Gakuen – 15 IP, 196 pitches
  • Day 9 – v Shiga Gakuen – 9 IP, 130 pitches

So already, he’s pitched in 3 games and thrown 475 pitches and would be coming back on 0 days rest. In fact he would be pitching on 0 days rest until they are elminated. There is only so much he can do on the mound before the body finally gives. The question only becomes when.

But for now, it appears he will be on the bench, for how long, we don’t know.

Fukuokadai Oohori

  • SS Kubota Yuuya
  • RF Hirano Koutarou
  • C Koga Yuuto
  • 1B Higashi Reo
  • 3B Inamoto Yuusei
  • CF (#11) Nakata Keisuke
  • 2B Saitou Tomoya
  • LF Kabashima Ryuutarou
  • P (#10) Tokuwara Sera

Houtoku Gakuen

  • SS Kozono Kaito
  • CF Nagayama Yuuma
  • 2B Kataoka Kokoro
  • C Shinohara Shouta
  • 1B Kantou Yuusuke
  • 3B Ikegami Hayate
  • LF (#17) Nagao Ryouya
  • RF (#7) Okamoto Sou
  • P Nishigaki Masaya

11:00 – First Pitch!

For Fukuokadai Oohori the start offensively couldn’t have gone any worse. Nishigaki strikes out the side, Tokuhara retires the first batter then walks the next 2. Toss in a stolen base and a blooper to no mans land in right center and it’s quickly 1-0 Houtoku Gakuen.

That gets things moving. #8 Nishi comes in to take over on the mound and Miura is sent to warm up. He gets them out of the jam, but even if he is able to hold serve, the offense will have to do better than 5 Ks in the first 2 innings…

Unfortunately however, Houtoku’s offense gets to Nishi first. 4 In the blink of an eye the top 4 of the lineup gets base hits culminating in a Shinohara triple down the RF line, making the score 3-0 (Nagayama was thrown out going from 1st to 3rd). Ikegami singles later to make the lead 4-0.

And yet, Nishigaki almost lets them back into the game. 2 down in the 4th, he hits higashi, walks, Inamoto and then hits Nakata to load the bases. A base hit here cuts the lead in half, a walk at least scores a run.

Instead, Saitou swings on a 3-1 pitch and grounds to short. Side retired.

5th inning and things continue to happen to Houtoku Gakuen. Kabashima gets a leadoff hit and is bunted to 2nd. No big deal until Kubota hits a ball to short and Kozono just about whiffs on the ball. It trickles into the outfield and Kubota scores to make it 4-1.

Hirano walks, and is there something there for Fukuokadai Oohori?

Koga really works the count, runs it full, but just can’t check his swing and goes down. Higashi pops out early and nothing more results from it.

Houtoku Gakuen jumps on that momentum in the 5th. Nishi gives up a single to Kataoka and then a double down the line to Shinohara puts more runners in scoring position. A wild pitch and then a single brings both runners home, extending the lead to 6-1. With the break coming this should allow Houtoku Gakuen to consolidate the gains and move on to the 2nd half of the game.

Except they don’t.

Inamoto with a leadoff single. Then Saitou and Kabashima both single past a scrambling Kataoka and a run scores to make it 6-2. With only one down there’s another chance to claw back the lead. However, Nishi grounds into a double play and again an opportunity is lost.

Not only that, but when C Koga takes the mound, it’s clear Miura won’t be coming in to save them. Houtoku Gakuen adds on another run in the 6th to restore the margin at 7-2. There doesn’t appear to be a path to victory for Fukuokadai Oohori. Because getting 1 run at a time just won’t be enough. It was enough to knock out Nishigaki as 3B Ikegami took the hill, but 7-3 with 2 innings isn’t going to cut it.

The final score ends up being 8-3 for Houtoku Gakuen with Miura never having taken the mound. That’s 2 kantoku’s now that have made a conscientious decision not to start their pitchers who certainly have been overworked over the last couple of games.  Whether this is the start of a welcome trend I don’t know, but two teams have lost in part because of their principles, and you can’t fault them for that.

89th Haru Koushien – Day 9, Replay Game 1 – Shiga Gakuen (Shiga) v Fukuokadai Oohori (Fukuoka)

89th Haru Koushien – Day 9, Replay Game 1 – Shiga Gakuen (Shiga) v Fukuokadai Oohori (Fukuoka)

(photo courtesy of Asahi)

Well, we’re onto our first of our two replay games scheduled today.  This game wasn’t anything special, just a very uneventful draw where neither team really gained an advantage. Not like the games that happened afterwards and the nonsense that ensued.

The problem now is that Fukuokadai Oohori’s Miura is behind the 8-ball. he pitched all 15 innings and is taking take the mound again. Meanwhile, Miyagi and Tanahara split duties and could be better off in the rematch. In fact, they’re sending #12 Mitsumoto to the mound to start this game.

It’s weird because this rule of 15 innings max came about because of Daisuke Matsuzaka and his ridiculous run which included a 17 inning complete game. But the silly part is that you may stop it at 15 innings, but a team isn’t going to have a 2nd ace generally so that pitcher is going to pitch 15 plus another 9. How does that make any sense?

Shiga Gakuen

  • C Gotou Katsuki
  • SS Kohama Ryouji
  • 1B Chinen Ryoutomo
  • LF Takei Ryuuji
  • CF Shindou Tsukasa
  • 3B Yamamoto Shunpei
  • P (#12) Mitsumoto Shougo
  • RF Tai Kaishuu
  • 2B Nakanishi Ryouta

Fukuokadai Oohori

  • SS Kubota Yuuya
  • RF Hirano Koutarou
  • C Koga Yuuto
  • 1B Higashi Reo
  • 3B Inamoto Yuusei
  • CF Nishi Hayato
  • 2B Saitou Tomoya
  • LF Kabashima Ryuutarou
  • P Miura Ginji

11:00 – First Pitch!

So that didn’t go well for Miura. Hits the first batter, goes to 2 full counts afterwards, and gets a terrible break when Chinen’s chopper somehow finds the divot left by Gotou heading to 3rd, and takes a high hop past Kubota. That scores Gotou and Shiga Gakuen is up 1-0.

But unfortunately Mitsumoto isn’t effective on the mound either. After getting a K (good), he walks Hirano, then gives up 2 clean singles to load the bases. Topping it off, he leaves a changeup in the zone and Inamoto drives it into no man’s land in right center, falling just before the wall. 2 runners score (Higashi is thrown out at home), and now Fukuokadai Oohori leads 2-1.

That lead doesn’t last long either. Miura certainly not sharp and gives up not only a single to Tai, but then leaves a fastball middle-middle to last batter Nakanishi and he knows what to do with that. RCF gap for a triple and a 2-2 tie.

It’s becoming readily clear that the pitching is shot on both sides. Mitsumoto, while having not pitched 2 days ago, is ineffective. He gives up a walk and two more base hits, the latter one by Hirano scoring the base-on-balls Saitou and it’s Fukuokadai Oohori in the lead again 3-2.

There was a small lull in the action as both teams perhaps started swinging at anything in the zone thinking it could go for a base hit. Eventually the batters adjusted to the relative improvement in pitching and Shiga Gakuen would be the ones to put up a crooked number.

Tai, having the most success, gets his 2nd hit in as many ABs with a single back up the middle.

Then with 2 down he leaves a changeup over for Kohama which goes for a base hit, and then in trying to blow a 140 fastball by Chinen instead he puts bat to ball and singles to right. Tie game again 3-3.

Yamaguchi-kantoku has seen enough of Mitsumoto to send him out there again with the game tied and #11 Miyagi enters the game.

Whoops.

After a one out walk to Hirano, Koga swings at the first pitch and drives it to left. Takei goes back to the wall, and is he looking up?

That’s gone!

Koga, first pitch HR and Fukuokadai Oohori retakes the lead 5-3!

Shiga Gakuen almost pegs back one of those runs. After Yamamoto is plunked on the wrist and bunted to 2nd, Tai hits a dying liner to right. Hirano charges in, dives and reaches out the glove, and just gets under it for the 3rd out.

Shiga Gakuen doesn’t get a chance after that. Miura closes out the game as Fukuokadai Oohori advances with a 5-3 win.

Well in this case, the pitching depth or the stamina of the pitchers can be the main determinant as teams have to go further into their bullpen or use tired pitchers. in Shiga Gakuen’s case, they went deeper into their bullpen and was not rewarded. For Fukuokadai Oohori, Miura lasts the 9 innings and still showed good control at the end – but in reality how many more of those can he do in consecutive days?

89th Haru Koushien – Day 7, Game 2 – Fukuokadai Oohori (Fukuoka) v Shiga Gakuen (Shiga)

89th Haru Koushien – Day 7, Game 2 – Fukuokadai Oohori (Fukuoka) v Shiga Gakuen (Shiga)

(photo courtesy of Mainichi)

Fukuokadai Oohori at least to start showed that they aren’t just a lucky Kyushu title winner having led Soushi Gakuen wire-to-wire. However, Miura looked a bit shaky in the 2nd half of the game and it being the first game could be attributed either to shaking off the late rust or to potential problems going forward.

Shiga Gakuen on the other hand struggled with Toukaidai Ichihara Bouyou, only winning when they outlasted them heading into extras. And with all other teams in the Kanto ex Tokyo region moving on it shows how even of a matchup it was. And they’ll have to possibly outlast Miura as well. The question is if they will be able to.

Fukuokadai Oohori

  • SS Kubota Yuuya
  • RF Hirano Koutarou
  • C Koga Yuuto
  • 1B Higashi Reo
  • 3B Inamoto Yuusei
  • 2B Saitou Tomoya
  • CF Nishi Hayato
  • LF Kabashima Ryuutarou
  • P Miura Ginji

Shiga Gakuen

  • CF Shindou Tsukasa
  • SS Kohama Ryouji
  • C Gotou Katsuki
  • LF Takei Ryuuji
  • 1B Chinen Ryoutomo
  • 3B Yamamoto Shunpei
  • RF Tai Kaishuu
  • P (#11) Miyagi Ryouta
  • 2B Nakanishi Ryouta

11:15 – First Pitch!

Shiga Gakuen going to their bullpen again, this time in Miyagi. He throws in the high 130s with a slider, curve and changeup.

Kubota all tied up but still manages to get enough on it for a base hit up the middle. He’s bunted over and moved to 3rd on a ground ball. Miyagi jams another batter in Higashi and he harmlessly grounds out to short to end the inning. Not a bad start for a bench player.

The same cannot be said for Miura. Shindou chops a letter high pitch back past Miura into center. Kohama takes a running pitch away and deposits it in left. The runners advance when Miura bobbles a comebacker, which leads to a run when Takei singles to center. 1-0 Shiga Gakuen and they’re having the better of it early.

They try to add a 2nd on a contact play, but instead Kohama is thrown out at home. Shiga Gakuen ends up settling for 1.

Fukuokadai Oohori tries to create something in the 2nd when Nishi chops one back up the middle for an infield single and Kabashima walks with 2 down, but it’s with 2 down and Miura just can’t bring them home.

An inning later, they have the perfect chance. Kubota with a well placed ball to the left side, leaving Kohama with no chance to make the throw to 1st. Then Hirano bunts the ball and Miyagi thinks it’s a foul ball, except it isn’t. Add Koga’s single to center and it’s manrui for Fukuokadai Oohori, no out!

But when all they would need is a fly ball, Higashi grounds to 1st and they get the force at home. And the ultimate Houdini act is done when Inamoto hits one back to Miyagi and he starts the 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.

What has also stymied Fukuokadai Oohori has been Shiga Gakuen’s 2B Nakanishi as he has made two great diving stops which have robbed batters of base hits.

Right before the break Shiga Gakuen makes one more play to add to their lead. Tai starts with a soft liner down the right side for a single. After a failed bunt attempt, the aforemention Nakanishi singles to center putting runners at the corners. Miura escapes striking out Shindou and getting a groundout to end the inning.

So at the break once again, it’s an early run that is holding up. But unlike the other games, the team behind has life behind it.

After the break, it’s Fukuokadai Oohori that seems to be getting the chances. 7th inning they get a leadoff runner along after Nakanishi boots a ball (sorry, we jinxed it), but the bottom of the lineup couldn’t get him in.

8th inning, Kubota starts with a clean single through the left side. After a bunt, Koga battles, takes a borderline 2-2 pitch and draws a walk.

Next thing you know, Higashi with a ball up the middle and past a diving Kohama into center! Kubota scores and we’re tied at 1-1!! It wasn’t that bad of a pitch. Slightly above letter high and away and still pounded up the middle.

That also knocks out Miyagi as #10 Tarahara comes in to try and keep it tied. And that he does as he gets a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning!

The tie game seemingly adds pressure to both sides. Both on the defense to continue delivering, on the mound to keep the game tied, and on the offense to find a run.

It stays deadlocked with no real chances until the 9th. Bottom 9, Shiga Gakuen’s Takei draws a walk. 2 down Yamamoto with an easy swing singles to center. Sayonara run stands at 2nd.

But on the first pitch, Tai hits it weakly back to Miura and he makes the out at 1st to send the game to enchousen!

The pendulum seems to be swinging back to Shiga Gakuen’s way though. Tarahara stands in and manages to draw a leadoff walk. He’s bunted over for the top of the lineup. Perfect chance to end the game.

Except that Shindou falls for the same changeup on the outside corner and Kohama flies out to right sending the game to the 11th.

In the 11th though, Shiga Gakuen give Miura a 4-pitch inning. To me that easy inning flips the confidence over temporarily to Fukuokadai Oohori.

If only they could bunt…

Nishi gets his 2nd base hit off of Tarahara. But Kabashima fails to bunt him over, meaning that Miura has to do it. Not only that, there’s 2 outs now.

But Kubota gets plunked! Does create more force plays, but the pressure is turned up just a little more…

Tarahara induces a grounder from Hirano, and now that temporary momentum is lost.

13th inning comes around and time starts to run short. Koga looks to end it sooner rather than later singles back up the middle. Higashi welcome to bunt him along.

Inamoto almost gets the key base hit, but his short liner goes foul. He chases a ball high and wide instead and there’s 2 outs. A grounder to 3rd though ends the threat.

What’s this? Bottom 13, 2 outs. Gotou off the end of the bat takes one the other way for a base hit. And then Takei rockets one past Higashi into right! Shiga Gakuen has the sayonara runner 90 feet away!

Except Chinen lines out to center, and we’re to the 14th!

Bottom 14th, Shiga Gakuen threatening again. Yamamoto gets hit by Miura to star the inning. Tai tries to lay down the bunt but instead gets Yamamoto put out at 2nd. To make up for that he successfully steals 2nd  Tarahara is unintentionally intentionally walked to create a force.

Now Miura gets that ground ball from Nakanishi, but Saitou eats the ball after getting it from Kubota since it was not hard hit. 2 outs, runners at corners.

The rain starts to fall as Shindou is also eventually unintentionally intentionally walked. Force at all bases, but a walk ends the game.

Instead it’s a fly ball to left! Kabashima secures it and we’re to our last ABs!

Fukuokadai Oohori quickly up and down so now all they can do is play for a tie.

Knowing that Gotou takes a hanging curve and singles to center! He’s bunted to 2nd and the pressure immediately on!

Fly ball to center. 2 outs, Gotou to 3rd. Wild pitch or passed ball could end it here too! Time called by Yagi-kantoku.

First pitch to Yamamoto, curve reached out and fouled straight back. Slider outside, strike 2…

Yamamoto jammed! Liner back to Miura and the game ends in a 1-1 tie!

This means that the teams will have to come back the next day as the new late game and replay the matchup. They will switch home/away, but it really hampers either team’s chances for winning the title because they will have to play one extra game and a game on 3 consecutive days.

That really hurts.

 

89th Haru Koushien – Day 3, Game 1 – Soushi Gakuen (Okayama) v Fukuokadai Oohori (Fukuoka)

89th Haru Koushien – Day 3, Game 1 – Soushi Gakuen (Okayama) v Fukuokadai Oohori (Fukuoka)

(picture courtesy of Asahi)

The games have so far not necessarily gone the way I though it might have. Regions look stronger and weaker than it might appear. Kinda like those side view and rear view mirrors. Chuugoku looked better and Toukai looked worse, until Kinki (Houtoku Gakuen) annihilated Toukai (Tajimi) and made both look bad. I thought Kyushu might still be strong, until a lower qualifier out of Kinki (Chiben Gakuen) crushed a team I thought might be able to contend (Kumamoto Kougyou). So that means that this first game could be a key as the top team out of Kyushu faces the floating bid from Chuugoku.

My original thought was that Fukuokadai Oohori behind ace Miura Ginji could at least be mentioned in the conversation for the title. The offense could let them down at some point, but as Kumamoto Kougyou showed, if your pitching fails you really have nothing.

Soushi Gakuen could have won the title if they had won their semifinal, or so I thought. Shiritsu Kure’s showing against Shigakukan, even if Toukai is overall weak, means that that may not have been the case. I’m not sure their pitching is on par, but it may not need to be given that it is Fukuokadai Oohori’s weak side.

In short, this seems like another barometer game to see how these regions shake out.

(*Note that Soushi Gakuen has made this lineup L heavy, should be interesting because they have no L pitchers to speak of so this  might be who they carry for this game)

Soushi Gakuen

  • CF Yamamoto Aoi
  • SS (#4) Kimura Shouta
  • LF (#1) Nanba Yuuhei
  • C (#13) Kobayashi Yuuki
  • 2B (#10) Miyazaki Ryuusei
  • RF (#16) Inoue Takuya
  • 1B Kaneyama Shouhei
  • 3B (#6) Nakayama Shun
  • P (#11) Akiyama Tatsuhiko

Fukuokadai Oohori

  • SS Kubota Yuuya
  • RF Hirano Koutarou
  • C Koga Yuuto
  • 1B Higashi Reo
  • 3B Inamoto Yuusei
  • 2B Saitou Tomoya
  • CF Nishi Hayato
  • LF Kabashima Ryuutarou
  • P Miura Ginji

09:00 – First Pitch!

Soushi Gakuen trying to play the handedness card, and Fukuokadai Oohori is pitching exclusively away from the RH batters. Not that he’s not a hard thrower – he’s hitting the low 140s. But this is their game plan and he’s going to be working hard on the mound as the first 2 batters go 2-2 and 3-2 respectively (the latter walks).

The game plan is pretty simple, pitching to the 1B side of the plate for all batters. Fastball and curveballs to the righties. Fastball and sliders to the lefties. Kobayashi gets a seeing eye single to put runners on 1st and 2nd, but another grounder ends the inning. It’ll be a battle for control of that half of the plate the entire game.

Fukuokadai Oohori playing straight up is just taking what they’re given so far with Kubota dumping a ball into center and Hirano taking a pitch way high for a 3-2 walk. But while they bunt the runners over, Hirano gets caught off 2nd on a liner to short and is doubled off to end the threat. Akiyama out of a jam, but it’s a bit of a shaky start.

You do have to wonder though, does the handedness lineup mean that they have that flexibility, or does it mean they can’t trust their starters with R on R matchups? Miura has a 1-2-3 second.

As for Akiyama, he’s not missing many bats. Inamoto dumps a ball into left for a base hit, and then with two outs leaves a slider over the plate and Kabashima drives it to left. Nanba chases all the way to the all, but it just clears for a homerun and a 2-0 lead for Fukuokadai Oohori.

Miura is just picking them up and laying them down. I’m not seeing dramatic misses of location and Soushi Gakuen can’t seem to work with the outside pitch. 6 infield outs so far.

3rd inning for Oohori, 3rd lead baserunner on. Another sac bunt and this time a walk and Akiyama is in another jam. Gets fortunate when Higashi catches a ball on the end of the bat and lines out to left.

Luck runs out as another pitch over the plate is blasted by Inamoto over the RF head for a bases clearing triple and a 4-0 lead for Fukuokadai Oohori. It’s becoming clear that the modified lineup is just to try and get an advantage, but Akiyama is overmatched right now.

Soushi Gakuen finally gets a chance in the 4th. Kobayashi, the only player to have success, gets his 2nd hit with a ball through the left side. A rare walk puts 2 runners on.

But after a fielder’s choice, Kaneyama hits a ball to right, but just gets under it enough to allow Hirano to catch it for the 3rd out.

The experiment is over though for Soushi Gakuen. Nanba takes the mound, Kobayashi goes to RF. Nishibayashi comes in for PR Kakumoto and takes over in LF and Fujiwara takes over at C.

But even with his wide variety of pitches (about 5 or 6 and I couldn’t catch them all), it couldn’t help against Kabashima. He too leaves one over and once again he parks it over the LF fence. 2 ABs, 2 HRs, 5-0 Fukuokadai Oohori lead.

About the only thing tripping them up is their baserunning. For the 2nd time this game they get doubled off on a liner. This time with one out and a runner at first. Higashi hits his 3rd straight liner, but again right at Kimura who goes to 1st for the DP.

Soushi Gakuen finally gets a great chance post break as Nanba takes a ball the other way for a double to the RCF wall. Kobayashi hits a blooper to center, but Nanba can’t go past 3rd as he had to hold up to make sure it dropped. 2 runners in scoring position and a chance to cut into the deficit.

But Miyazaki grounds back to Miura. He makes a rundown at 3rd though the end result is the runners in the same place. New LF Nishibayashi is tied up on an inside fastball for the 2nd out. He’s about to get out of the mess until he leaves one up letter high to Kaneyama. He takes it out to straight center and Nishi can’t secure it as he collides with the wall. 2 runs score as Soushi Gakuen gets on the board 5-2.

Miura does finally get out of the inning, getting Nakayama to chase the slider, but there’s just a hint of concern for Fukuokadai Oohori.

With Nanba shutting down things on his end, Soushi Gakuen tries to build on the 6th inning in the Lucky 7. But they do it thinking Miura is faltering and swings away. A 6-pitch inning kills things.

Soushi Gakuen gets another chance in the 8th. A dropped ball by Inamoto to start the inning leads to a base hit by Kobayashi and then an unfortunate deflection off of Miura’s glove on a chopper loads the bases.

And yet, Miura strikes out Nisibayashi again, gives up a sac fly, but down 2, Kobayashi at 2nd tries to tag up and is thrown out 4-2-5 to end the inning. 5-3.

Fukuokadai Oohori adds one more thanks to a manrui HBP, though they prefer they hit someone else other than Miura, but they go on to win 6-3.

Miura was good for the most part, except for the 6th where his control seemed to have failed him a bit, and in the 8th where an error snowballed into a run. As for the offense, it was strong early against the relief starter, but when Nanba came it, they looked rather average. You wonder then what would have happened had he started the game instead. That’s not the case though and they’re onto the second round. he lack of continued offensive success may be a point of concern going forward.

Handicapping the field – Fukuokadai Oohori (4th appearance, 1st in 26 years)

Handicapping the field – Fukuokadai Oohori (4th appearance, 1st in 26 years)

(photo courtesy of Daily Sports)

Road to Haru Koushien

Regionals – Minami “B” Block

  • def Nanchiku 10-1 (7 inn)
  • def Ogoori 11-0 (5 inn)
  • def Kyushu Sangyoudai Kyushu 6-2
  • def Fukuoka Seiryou 6-3

Prefecturals

  • def Jiyuugaoka 4-0
  • def Chikuyou Gakuen 10-5
  • def Toukaidai Fukuoka 11-2

Super-Regionals

  • def Oita Shougyou 6-0
  • def Kagoshima Jitsugyou 2-0
  • def Shigakukan 5-0
  • def Toukaidai Fukuoka 4x-3

Meiji Jingu

  • def Meitoku Gijyuku 2-0
  • lost Waseda Jitsugyou 4-6

Who would’ve thought that a Fukuoka team would have won the Kyushu super-region? The same Fukuoka prefecture who despite a large population has years and years of futility? And who would have thought that the team to do it would be a Tier 3 school of all things in Fukuokadai Oohori, and that they’d actually make a game of it against Waseda Jitsugyou?

So? How did they do it?

Well, you don’t shut out as many teams as they did without pitching, right? Well, their “championship or bust” ace is Miura Ginji (三浦 銀二).  From the video he generally sits in the mid 130s, but can turn it up to 140. He has a slider and changeup in the 120s and a curve hovering around 100. His combined line for the super-regionals and Meiji Jingu tournament was the following:

  • 6 CG, 9 ER, 38 H, 51 K, 16 BB for a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 8.50 K/9, 2.667 BB/9, 3.188 K/BB

Against the competition shown, those numbers are pretty darned good. Especially when you take into account he struck out 9 in the Waseda game. He did walk 4 and gave up 12 hits as well, but it was on 0 days rest – though you could argue that he’ll have to do that eventually if his team is to win. That might be the only hangup for Miura, the condensed schedule if they move to the final.

Remember how I was mentioning with Meitoku Gijyuku how the offensive numbers went down when they went to Meiji Jingu? One of their players actually had a better line at Meiji Jingu. He is C Koga Yuuto (古賀 悠斗). His lines were:

  • Super-Regionals – 4-13, 2 RBI
  • Meiji Jingu – 5-8, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

But the thing is, the offense as a whole was rather anemic relatively speaking:

  • *48-184, 7 2B, HR, 24 K, 24 BB for a 0.261/0.323/0.315 team line.

*I was unable to find XBH data for the Oita Shougyou game.

If we take out Koga and Miura’s numbers the lines get significantly worse. So this is a case where Miura will need to shoulder a majority of the burden. Not that they can’t score runs, but they probably can’t survive a high scoring game. If they have to score more than say 5 runs, they could be in trouble. But the good news is that they have an ace that could carry them all the way, which is more than many teams who are going to qualify could say.