Road to Senbatsu
- def. Nissei 11-8
- def. Otokuni 4-0
- def. Murasakino 5-1
- def. Ristumeikan Uji 7-2
- lost Ryuukokudai Heian 10-5
- def. PL Gakuen 3-2
- lost Houtoku Gakuen 1-0
Ishihara would retake the hill for the super-regionals, eking by PL Gakuen first. Then he was involved in a defensive battle against Houtoku Gakuen as both sides put the ball in play often, but it would be Hotoku who would push through the only run to advance.
Thanks to Ishihara's twitter account, I know he doesn't throw particularly hard. In a picture of some type of pitching session, his max was 131 kph. Now the gun could be slow, but I would imagine he's around the low 130s. But I have no isolated videos of Ishihara, nor any information on Adachi - not even his first name!
Offensively, Seibi is mainly a station-to-station team, and given the fact that without their 2 big innings vs Ritsumeikan Uji and Ryuukokudai Heian their scoring is low, it will appear that Ishihara will have to limit scoring in order to give his team a fighting chance.
If I had to pick out some players on offense, it would be summer starters C Sano Yuusuke (佐野 友亮) and SS Nishida Tomonori (西田 友紀). But again, no isolated videos of either person.
Seibi may have made it to senbatsu, but if you took away the name on the uniform they'd look like just another team. And sadly for them that's probably what they are. Now, their name or an easy draw might help them get a game, but it will be an uphill climb right from the get go.
Tomorrow, the final Kinki Super-regional representative, Chiben Gakuen.