Our matinee game features Jyounan, a 21st century team who led wire-to-wire against last year's Best 4 finalist Houtoku Gakuen, and looked pretty good doing it. Takeuchi did falter a bit near the end, but it was ok considering he hit a 3-run homerun himself!
Kagoshima Jitsugyou was in an early 1st round right with fellow prefectural winner Urawa Gakuin. The teams would exchange shots until the 5th where a fielding error by ace Satou led to 2 runs for Kagoshima Jitsugyou, and they never relinquished the lead.
Jyounan (Tokushima) - 21st Century Bid
CF Tada Kouki
2B Degucuhi Shouichirou
C Matsubara Naoyuki
P Takeuchi Yuuta
RF Okuura Kouhei
1B Iwamoto Shouta
LF Gotou Ren (#11)
SS Yanagawa Keita
3B Orihara Takashi
Kagoshima Jitsugyou (Kagoshima) - Kyushu Champions
RF Toyozumi Kouta
SS Hirayama Taikai
P Noda Shougo
3B Hamada Ryuunosuke
1B Agemura Kyouhei
C Kuroki Kentarou
CF Maruyama Tetsuhiro
2B Miyanaga Hiroyki (#13)
LF Sasaki Daisuke
11:37 - Game start!
Noda off and running to start the game. Gets Tada to fly out to center on the first pitch, then fools both Deguchi and Matsubara on sliders away for Ks.
Toyozumi getting the offense started on their side as he takes a 3-1 pitch past Yanagawa! Hirayama scoots him along to 2nd.
Noda with a hard grounder to short. Yanagawa with it, but Toyozumi was running on the play and Yanagawa has to go to 1st. Runner on 3rd, two down.
Hamada with a fly to deep center! Tada sprinting towards the wall, makes the catch at the wall for the 3rd out! Tada with a great play in center to keep the game scoreless early!
One down for Jyounan and Okuura singles to right!
Iwamoto becomes Noda's 3rd K victim as he can't lay off a slider.
And Gotou grounds out to short to end the inning.
Takeuchi in good control on the mound against the Kyushu champs.
After getting Agemura to fly to right, he gets Kuroki swinging on a fastball on the outside corner.
Maruyama prevents the 1-2-3 inning as he singles past Deguchi into center.
Then he works the count back full to Miyanaga after falling behind. But Miyanaga singles to center and now there's runners at the corners with 2 down!
Last batter Sasaki up. And he lines one to left center! Tada gets the ball back in quickly, but Maruyama scores! Kagoshima Jitsugyou lining up 2-out base hits to take the 1-0 lead!
Runners at the corners again as the lineup rotates up to the top of the order!
Toyozumi singles to left! Miyanaga comes in to score and it's 2-0 Kagoshima!
Oh no! Things are looking bad for Jyounan! Takeuchi walks Hirayama and the bases are loaded!
But Noda pops it up! Deguchi under it for the out and the side is retired! However, Takeuchi can't get the last out of the inning and Kagoshima scores 2!
Noda was on his way to a 1-2-3 inning as he struck out a srubborn Yanagawa and got Orihara to ground out to 2nd, but on a grounder by Tada, Hirayama boots it!
Tada tries his luck stealing 2nd, but no dice! Kuroki makes a great throw to gun him down and end the inning!
Hamada leads off with a base hit up the middle.
After Takeuchi strikes out looking, Kuroki bunts the runner to 2nd for a one-timer.
But Maruyama grounds out to 3rd and Jyounan goes back on offense.
Noda yields his first walk to Deguchi to start off the 4th. Matsubara can't bunt the runner over, and winds up striking out swinging.
Takeuchi hits a liner to center, but a charging Maruyama makes the diving catch! Nice play!
Two down for Jyounan.
Noda's pitch hits Okuura in the head! It ricochets off his helmet and he goes to the ground! He's certainly stunned and is led back to the dugout as an injury runner comes out for him.
But Iwamoto can't drive the runners in! He goes down swinging on a slider outside for the 2nd time to end the inning!
One down and Sasaki collects his 2nd hit of the day with a single to left!
Toyozumi with a shot to 1st, but Iwamoto is there for the catch! He steps on 1st for the double play to end the inning!
Yanagawa tries to get the Jyounan offense started with the team's 2nd hit, a single to center. Mori-kantoku has Orihara bunt the runner along for the top of the lineup...
But Noda gets Tada looking on a great pitch to retire the side!
Noda collects his first hit today with a one out single back up the middle. Hamada with a groundout to 1st advances the runner.
Agemura gets a hold of a pitch and hits it down the right field line... fair! Okuura has to fish it out of the wall, and Noda scores to make it 3-0!
Kuroki with a drive to left center! That's in for extra bases! Kuroki slides into 3rd with a RBI triple making it 4-0!
AHHH!!! A wild pitch from Takeuchi allows Kuroki to score and it's unraveling at 5-0!
Maruyama hits a grounder to short, and it bounces off of Yanagawa into center! Then he takes off for 2nd and he's in safely!
Takeuchi gets Miyanaga to ground to 3rd to end the inning, but Kajitsu opens it up before the break now leading Jyounan 5-0!
Deguchi earns his 2nd walk of the game to lead off the 6th. Matsubara not bunting but flies out to right.
Noda seems a bit off post break as he walks his 2nd batter this inning in Takeuchi.
A wild pitch from Noda! Deguchi comes in to score and Jyounan is on the board! 5-1!
Noda finally settles in and strikes out Okuura for the 2nd out, and gets Iwamoto to hit a comebacker to end the inning. Jyounan though avoids the shutout!
One down (again) for Toyozumi who draws a walk from Takeuchi.
Hirayama with a bunt down the 3rd base side! Takeuchi fields it but the throw is late and he's on with a bunt single!
Noda follows that up with a single to right! Toyozumi comes around to score making it 6-1.
A popup from Hamada make it 2 down.
But Takeuchi just cannot get out of the inning. Agemura hits a shallow fly to right, Okuura a bit late in coming in, slides - but it's off his glove! Hirayama comes in to score and it's 7-1.
Kuroki grounds to short to end the inning, but the last two innings for Takeuchi have unfortunately taken his team almost out of the game.
One down and Yanagawa singles through the left side. Orihara follows that up with a single to right!
What's this? Tada singles through to right! 3 consecutive hits and it's manrui for Jyounan!
A wild pitch from Noda and Yanagawa scores! It's 7-2 Jyounan!
And now Deguchi walks! Manrui again for Jyounan!
Matsubara pressing though, swings at the first pitch and dribbles up in front of home. Noda goes to field it and makes the force play at home for the 2nd out.
Takeuchi with a shot right at Noda! He gets his glove up to block and it knocks it off! He picks up the ball and makes the throw to 1st to end the inning!
A completely reflex play by Noda saves his head and the inning!
Takeuchi finally settling down after the last couple of innings.
Maruyama with a shot right at 3rd! Orihara makes a great stop and throw to record the out!
Miyanaga can't hold off on a slider, and goes down swinging.
And while Sasaki draws a walk, Toyozumi goes down swinging too to end the inning.
Having perhaps lost their best opportunity to get close, the batters begin to press more.
Okuura swings and miss on a slider. Iwamoto Ks for the first time on a slider down and in.
No clean inning for Noda though as he hits Gotou. #7 Inoue comes in to run for him.
Yanagawa walks, and Jyounan has 2 runners on.
But Orihara can't check his swing on a pitch away and the inning is over.
Inoue stays in the game and takes over in left.
While Agemura collects his 3rd hit of the day with a tricky grounder to 3rd that can't be handled by Orihara, Takeuchi retires the other batters. It'll be the last ups for Jyounan.
Matusbara collects just the 2nd hit from the 3-4-5 batters, giving ace Takeuchi one last AB. But much like how the game went, he goes down swinging on a slider down and away to end the game.
Kagoshima Jitsugyou put a lot of pressure on the 21st century invitees early and often. Jyounan ace Takeuchi was just not able to cope and eventually broke down. 3 runs in the 5th pretty much spelled the end for the team. They were able to mount scoring attempts in the 6th and 7th, but by that time it was too late, they needed too many runs, and the ball just managed to bounce Kajitsu's way.
Still, Jyounan played well for a 21st century squad, and it's possible that they can challenge for a spot in the Natsu Koushien.
Yanagawa Keita - 2-3, R, BB, K
Deguchi Shouichirou - 0-2, R, 3 BB, 2 K, SB
Noda Shougo - W, CG, 2 ER, 6 H, 13 K, 5 BB, 2 HBP
Agemura Kyouhei - 3-5, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, K
Sasaki Daisuke - 2-3, BB
Toyozumi Kouta - 2-4, R, RBI, BB, K