Road to Senbatsu
Block 24 Regionals
- def. Shiritsu (私立) Musashi 4-3
- def. Toritsu Tachikawa/Toritsu Nougyou 10-3 (7 inn)
- def. Jyunten 4-1
- def. Horikoshi 3-2
- def. Waseda Jitsugyou 9-5
- def. Nichidai Buzan 3-0
- lost Toukaidai Takanawadai 5-3
Despite this, most of the reason why Koyamadai is here is because of their ace Itou Yuusuke (伊藤 優輔). He's actually garnered attention by some of the more notable followers of 高校野球. He only throws in the mid 130s but apparently has a splitter and changeup to go with the standard slider and curve.
Now, the peripherals for Itou need to be taken with some modicum of restraint. He does carry the highest K/9 ratio overall though during the super-regionals it was brought down to under 8 per 9. But Itou appears to be it for Koyamadai. If he can't finish the run, then they won't finish it either. To be sure, I won't discount Itou's performance - for a school who has never been to Koushien at all, to finish the game against Soujitsu is impressive. Remember what I said before about the lower tiered school finishing games.
Offensively, perhaps one can look to Yoshida Ryouhei (吉田 龍平) and Nishiwaki Kouichi (西脇 康一), though they inhabit the lower part of the lineup.
I wouldn't necessarily discount Koyamadai as just a team that's happy to be there, but it's hard to really handicap them. Toukaidai Takanawadai's shutout loss to Kanto Dai-ichi though may not portend good things, but we won't know until they hit the field.
Just 2 more to go and we hit the 21st century western representative Ooshima.