Road to Senbatsu
Block 8 Regionals
- def. Higashi 9-2 (7 inn)
- def. Komae 10-0 (5 inn)
- def. Komagome Gakuen 4-3
- def. Ouji Sougou 7-0 (7 inn)
- def. Jyouhoku 6-1
- def. Adachi Nishi 7-0 (7 inn)
- def. Toukaidai Takanawadai 4-0
- def. Nisshougakushadai Fuzoku 7-6 (10 inn)
- lost Okinawa Shougaku 8-3
There were some exceptions. In the opening round of the Super-Regionals, Komagome Gakuen actually held a 3-0 lead before ace Hachiya fell apart in the final 2 innings. And in that revenge match versus Nisshougakushadai Fuzoku, they let a 3-run slip away before scrapping out a sayonara win in the 10th. And then against Okinawa Shougaku, they held a slim 3-2 lead before a puzzling decision by kantoku Yonezawa Takamitsu (米沢 貴光) to go with lightly used #11 Tanabe Ren (田邉 廉)
So now onto the team.
While Haketa Akihiro (羽毛田 晶啓) wears the ace number, he was not predominantly used in the super-regionals. That goes to #10, rookie lefty Abe Takeshi (阿部 武士). But we have more information on Haketa. He throws in the low 130s with a slider and forkball. We even have more info on Tanabe, who imploded against Okishou, than Abe. His specs are pretty much average, low 130s fastball with a slider and curve.
Offensively, there is C Ikeda ? (池田 瞳夢) who I don't have any batting info on, but was 2-4 against Okinawa Shougaku, and 1B Ookawa Kouki (大川 公輝) who was 4-4.
Kanto Dai-ichi appears to be a team that can handle its business against weaker competition, something that is very needed in single-elimination tournaments. However, with just 3 games against tougher competition with mixed results, they may not be able to be considered as a favorite to win it all.
Next up, up to the mountainous Hokushinetsu region and champs Nihon Bunri!