Well, opening day has ended with a bit of a letdown in the matchup of the giants. It's clear that Sasaki-kantoku left Ootani off the fall tournament mound because of the control issues he had - and still has. Would it have been better to send those pitchers he used in the fall tournaments instead? The problem is he was on the edge all game, and the gaffes after the break came all at once so that by the time he could identify when to pull him out, they had already lost the lead.
On the other side, Fujinami looked much the better pitcher, but one wonders what would happen against a stronger offense. Because Hanamaki Higashi is not known for being a power hitting team.
The other two games today went almost as expected. Urawa Gakuin dispatched Tsuruga Kehi with little issue, while Mie and Tottori Jyouhoku were evenly matched despite Tottori Jyouhoku winning the Chuugoku fall title. From the 3 games so far, unless Kyushu Gakuin shows something tomorrow, I expect Osaka Touin to advance out of the first quadrant.