Monday, October 21, 2013

Aki Taikai Recap-to-date - Tokai Super-Regional

Finishing up the field for Aichi, Touhou took top honors defeating Toyokawa 3-1 in the championship game, while Chuukyoudai Chuukyou took out their frustration on Homare 10-0 in 5 to take the 3rd spot.

The Super-Regional bracket was as follows:
  • Touhou (Aichi 1) vs winner of Shizuoka Shougyou (Shizuoka 2)-Inabe Sougou Gakuen (Mie 3)
  • Mie (Mie 1) vs winner of Gifu Seitoku Gakuen (Gifu 2)-Chuukyoudai Chuukyou (Aichi 3)
  • Shizuoka (Shizuoka 1) vs winner of Ise (Mie 2)-Seki Shougyou (Gifu 3)
  • Oogaki Nichidai (Gifu 1) vs winner of Toyokawa (Aichi 2)-Tokoha Tachibana (Shizuoka 3)
Shizuoka Shougyou in what seemed like a tough draw, scored 12 unanswered runs after falling behind 4-0 in the first to defeat Inabe Sougou Gakuen. They showed their resilience again against Touhou, for after giving up 5 runs in the 7th to fall behind 7-3, they score 5 in the final 2 innings to win 8-7!!

So Shizuoka Shougyou will face Mie in the semifinals.  While Chuukyoudai Chuukyou handled Gifu Seitoku Gakuen with no problems, a 6-run 5th by Mie helped put the former Koushien champ out of commission 9-2.

On the other half, Seki Shoukou's sayonara victory over Ise 7-6 did not portend good things for them against Shizuoka, and while they held the early 1-0 lead, 7 runs in the middle 3 innings meant a 7-3 loss.

They will face a game Toyokawa squad who pretty much did what Shizuoka Shougyou did - advance from a tough draw.  First, they put 2 3-run innings together to defeat Tokoha Tachibana 6-4.  And then against Oogaki Nichidai they hit them early and kept them at arms length the rest of the way winning 6-3.

Once again, we could have an intra-prefectural final should Shizuoka Shougyou and Shizuoka win.  Mie and Toyokawa look game though and the games here on out should be closely fought.

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