No changes in either lineup. So let's take the field and get it on!
Takasaki (Gunma)LF Matsui Akinori (#11)
CF Shimizu Sadamitsu
SS Nakazawa Shinya
1B Kaneko Yuuki
RF Tsukagoshi Riku
2B Kuragane Kousuke
3B Nakazato Shingo
C Uchihori Yuuto
P Shimada Satoshi
Oumi (Shiga)RF Kume Masashi (#8)
2B Fukui Shingo
LF Hashimoto Daiki
3B Fujiwara Ryuuji
CF Yamaguchi Kenta (#9)
1B Namazue Jyunki
SS Hayashida Yuusuke (#15)
C Tsusaka Jyun
P Murata Teito
15:53 - First Pitch!
Matsui is jammed and lines out to short. Murata apparently like a fast pace too, but is approaching the batters differently it seems. He doesn't get the call on a full count fastball low and walks Shimizu.
Nakazawa with a grounder to 3rd. Fujiwara seem to pick and throw at the same time, get the runner at 2nd, but the relay is just late at 1st.
Kaneko with a scorcher down the 3rd base line... fair! 3B umpire Mino calls it fair as Fujiwara dives but can't get it! Hashimoto runs it down at the wall, but Nakazawa is rounding 3rd and the throw home is cut off! Takasaki with a timely hit leads 1-0!
And now Murata hits Tsukagoshi! Murata's in a bit of a pinch now!
Kurogane with a single through the left side! Takasaki's 3B coach wisely holds the runners. Manrui!
But Nakazato grouns into a fielder's choice at 3rd and the inning is over. But Takasaki puts some hits together and scores a run right off the bat!
Fukui with a grounder into the gap in left, and Nakazawa makes a great diving stop. His throw is late, but it's a great play nonetheless!
Fujiwara with a drive to left center! That falls in just before the wall! Matsui runs it down, but not beofre Fujiwara's in with an RBI triple! We're tied at 1-1!
Yamaguchi with a foul popup, but Nakazato's dive just misses! However Shimada strikes him out swinging. Though not before Oumi ties it up!
A quick 1-2-3 inning for Murata and Oumi is back on the bats again. I'm a bit tired, so there wasn't really much of mention here.
One down and Hayashida gets lucky with a blooper that falls in just fair down the right field line.
Taga-kantoku calls for the bust-and-run, but Tsusaka grounds out to 2nd though does advance the runner.
But Shimada gets Murata on a slider and the runner is stranded on 2nd.
The pace of the game today seems normal, so perhaps it was a rain thing.
Yet another quick inning. Murata retires the side in 4 pitches.
Kume with a hard grounder at 3B, but Nakazato makes a great diving stop and throw for the out!
Fukui tests Nakazato again, but this time it's between his legs! Hashimoto not bunting but does move the runner over with a grounder to short.
Fujiwara up, and he takes the ball the opposite way! Tsukagoshi charges towards the line, but it falls in! Another extra base RBI hit and Oumi now leads 2-1!
Yamaguchi pops out to sort, but Takasaki will have to turn to their offense.
Tsukagoshi with a single though the right side! Leadoff man on for Takasaki!
And now Kurogane reaches down and drives one to left! Hashimoto runs back... and it's over his head! The ball goes all he way to the wall as Tsukagoshi rounds 3rd! The throw is cutoff and Takasaki gets the douten run immediately! 2-2!!
Uchihori tries to foul one away, but it stays in play and Namazue make a great catch near the camera well.
Shimada tries the safety bunt, but Fujiwara has none of it and throws him out. But Takasaki has offense somehow and ties the game!
Namazue with a base hit through the right side! He's bunted along by Hayashida, and now Tsusaka with a grounder up the middle, and that's through! Shimizu comes up throwing, but Namazue scores to give Oumi the lead right back at 3-2!
Murata fouls one behind home, Uchihori near the back screen has it, but drops it! That proves costly as Murata singles to right!
Sakaihara-kantoku calls time as they can't let Oumi score more runs.
Kume with a grounder to the right side. Kuragane goes to 2nd for one, but Kume beats out the throw to 1st!
And that hustle is rewarded as Fukui singles to right! Tsusaka scores to make it 4-2!
The hit parade continues as Hashimoto singles through the right side plating another to make it 5-2.
Fujiwara with an instant replay to make it a 6-2 game.
And Yamaguchi becomes the 9th batter to step in this inning. He flies out to right to end the inning, but Takasaki now has a big gap to come back from.
Two quick outs for Takasaki before Nakazawa singles back up the middle.
But Kaneko can't hold up his swing and strikes out to end the inning
Namazue loops one over Nakazawa for another base hit. Hayashida bunts him over.
While that was the same, Shimada retires the next 2 batters.
So we head into the break with a 4-run deficit for Takasaki. Given their offensive numbers, that's a lot to get back.
Kurogane gets his 3rd hit with a bunt single the stays fair down the 3rd base line!
Nakazato advances him on a chopper back to Murata. But Uchihori grounds back to 2nd and that's the inning.
Kume's hard grounder to 3B eats up Nakazato and he's on with a single. Kume takes off for 2nd, and is safe? It seemed like they got the tag on him, but I'm also tired.
Fukui turns the tables back on Takasaki with a bunt single of his own! He's 4-4 today!
Runners at the corners as Sakaihara-kantoku calls time.
Hashimoto grounds out to 1B. Runners have to hold.
Fujiwara a HR away from the cycle, but he's unintentionally intentionally walked.
#17 Miyakita comes in for Yamaguchi and hits sac fly to center. 7-2 Oumi.
Namazue with a foul ball to the left side. Nakazato gives chase and trips in to the camera well. He's fine though.
Nakazue strikes out to end the inning, but the lead continues to widen.
#16 Tsuji comes in the game at CF for PH Miyakita
Matsui with a liner to center... Tsuji dives, and almost makes the play. Runner on with 1 down here in the lucky 7.
Shimizu tries to line one over the infield, but Fukui makes the leaping grab. Nakazawa grounds into a fielder's choice for the 3rd out.
Hayashida with another grounder that eats up Nakazato. But the next 2 batters are retired and Takasaki takes to the bats again.
Kurogane collects his 4th hit, a 2-out single back up the middle. But PH #16 Asanuma grounds into a fielder's choice to 2nd and that's that.
Asanuma stays in the game in RF. Tsukagoshi moves to 1B and Kaneko goes to 3B.
Shimada gets his first 1-2-3 inning of the game. Last ups for his team here.
PH #7 Igarashi strikes out, but reaches base on a passed ball. PH #13 Okamura grounds out to 1st.
Matsui also strikes out, but the ball gets away again and he reaches base! Never seen two of those in 1 inning. Taga-kantoku calls for time (and probably some order too).
Shimizu K's and this time can't advance. 2 down.
Nakazawa pops up to 1st and that's the game. Takasaki was able to stay with Oumi in the early innings, but eventually Oumi pulled away. Good job getting to Koushien, and I'm sure the many supporters, including the first team to make it are proud of you. As for Oumi, a date with Kousei Gakuin awaits.