Thursday, June 2, 2011

2011 Haru Taikai - Toukai Taikai Final

Well, the short Toukai Taikais are done, and the winner wasn't who I expected.

As expected, Oogaki Nichidai defeated Shizuoka Shougyou but only by the margin of 2-0. Aichi Meisei wound up being no match for Komono losing 11-1 in 6 innings.

And in the semifinals - Komono threw 4 pitchers at Oogaki Nichidai, but to no avail losing 7-0 in 8 innings.

Chuukyoudai Chuukyou was surprised by Oogaki Shougyou. They attempted a 9th inning rally, but lost 2-1. Meanwhile, the hit and miss offense of Tokoha Kikugawa continues as Inabe Sougou Gakuen sends them home in 7 with an 8-1 win.

In the semifinal, the two teams stayed scoreless until the final 3 innings in which ISG took a 4-0 lead.

But it all went wrong for ace Okabe and the boys from Mie. Daishou somehow finds a way to not only find 4 runs, but the winning 5th run, all in the top of the 9th! Daishou comes from behind in spectacular fashion to set up an all Gifu final!

Of course, this is also a rematch of the prefectural final in where Daishou was routed 11-3.

But this rematch went differently. Oogaki Nichidai struggled to get their offense going, but managed to plate a run in the 3rd. Daishou was not facing ace Kassai to start, and finally took advantage in the 5th scoring 2 runs and taking the lead. By the time Kassai entered the game, it was too late. Daishou added an insurance run in the 7th, winning 3-1 as ace Morikawa goes the distance giving Oogaki Shougyou their 1st ever spring title!

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