Road to Senbatsu
- def. Shouyou 7-0 (7 inn)
- def. Sendai Shoukou 1-0
- def. Kagoshima Gyokuryuu 6-5 (10 inn)
- def. Amami 5-0
- def. Shounan 8-7
- lost Ibusuki Shougyou 2-1
The road to the semifinals was rather bumpy, including a narrow 1-0 win over Sendai Shoukou. Then down to their final out, leadoff batter Takeyama Shuu (竹山 舟) hits a triple over the RF head to inexplicably tie the game, with Ono Kounosuke (小野 浩之介) hitting a HR to center to end the game 1 inning later! And then against top tier Shounan they actually held a comfortable lead before 4-spot in the 8th made it a very close affair.
Off topic, but it's a bit funny as looking at the schools I noticed that Amami is no more than a 10 minute walk from Ooshima! And they wound up playing them in both the spring and fall tournaments! Also, even though the 3rd years were not on this team, they did defeat Kamimura Gakuen in the spring taikai.
Kantoku Watanabe Yoshichika (渡邉 恵尋) uses a pitching tandem, going between ace Fukunaga Shou (福永 翔) and Maeyama Yuuki (前山 優樹). Cleanup batter Ono and #5 batter Haku Keigo (泊 慶悟) probably will be the center of the offense.
There's no videos or game footage, so there's little to base judgement from. Chances are Ooshima hasn't had the ability to face strong competition on a regular basis and could easily be considered one of the weaker teams in the tournament. But, even facing weak competition it's hard to just luck yourself into the semifinals - especially since they did end up facing (and defeating) Shounan. I hope they try and do more than being just happy to be there.
We're in the last 50 meters, and it's the final entrant - 21st century wildcard Kainan out of Wakayama.