Yamagata Chuo (Yamagata)
2B Takahashi Yuusuke (#14)
LF Takahashi Ryuusei
RF Nagai Daichi
3B Aoki Riku
1B Takahashi Kazuki
SS Nakamura Ryuu
CF Takahashi Ryousuke
C Abe Koutarou
P Satou Ryousuke (#11)
Takasaki Kenkoudai Fukushi (Gunma)
CF Hirayama Takayuki
2B Hoshino Yuusuke
RF Wakimoto Naoto
1B Nagashima Ryouhei
C Tsuge Sena
LF Yamagami Takashi
3B Shibahiki Ryousuke (#15)
SS Yokomizo Takuto
P Ishige Rikito (#18)
15:50 - First Pitch
After Yuusuke strikes out looking, Ryuusei hits one clean back up the middle for a single. But while Nagai also hits one back up the middle, it's much slower and Yokomizo starts the 6-3 double play to end the inning.
The last thing you want to do is give Kendai a free baserunner... and yet Ryousuke walks Hirayama!
But instead of stealing, with a lefty on the mound, Hoshino bunts the runner along.
But now on 2nd, Hirayama breaks for 3rd! Abe tries to be too quick and the ball goes all the way to the backstop!
Wakimoto grounds to short, and Nakamura goes to 1st ceding the run! Wakimoto is barely beaten out, but his team leads 1-0! Nagashima fouls out to Abe to end the inning.
Aoki with a drive to right center! Hirayama going back to the wall!!!
Where did this power come from?? Aoki completely laughs at the hamazake and drives a douten HR to the right side of the field! 1-1!
Ishige needs just 7 pitches to retire the next 3 batters, but Yamagata Chuo immediately gets the run back!
Ryousuke is apparently going between his fastball and slow curve to try and throw off the batters.
Seems to be working as Kendai's batters are unable to make good contact on the ball and thusly reach base.
Meanwhile, Yamagata's batters are having a hard time with Ishige's slower fastball (he only hits the high 120s). Koutarou and Satou Ryousuke both strike out.
Yuusuke hits a chopper to the right side, Nagashima tosses to Ishige but Yuusuke beats him out to the bag!
Ryuusei with a single down the left field line! Yamagami is up with it quickly and Yuusuke can only take 2nd on the hit.
Nagai giving Ishige a long AB, spoiling pitch after pitch.
Finally on the 11th pitch, Ishige gets him to pop it up! Tsuge in foul territory on 1st side makes catch!
Well, this isn't good. Satou Ryousuke is giving free passes! First he hits Yokomizo... and then walks Ishige!!
Hirayama with the bunt, Aoki with it fires to... nobody!!!
Nobody is covering 1st! All safe!!
Shouji-kantoku calls for time. And Aoyagi-kantoku sends in #16 Mochida to run for Ishige, his day is done!
Hoshino grounder to 1st, Kazuki double clutches but goes home! They get the force. 1 down.
Wakimoto down 1st base line.. FAIR!!!! It gets by Kazuki and the runners are off to the races! One in..2 in! AHHH!!!
Nagai throws the ball away! Hoshino comes in and it's 3 runs to the good! 4-1 Kendai on Wakimoto's triple!
That's it for Satou. Ace Ishikawa comes in to take the hill.
He gets the second out by getting Nagasima to line out to left.
Tsuge with a ball back up the middle! Wakimoto scores and its 5-1.
Yamagami with a ball through the left side, and that's for a base hit.
Ishikawa re-loads the bases! He walks Shibahiki and it really can be an early end for Yamagata Chuo!
He falls behind Yokomizo 3-1 before filling up the count. Grounder to 3rd, Aoki takes it himself for the 3rd out.
Ace Takahashi Kazuki takes over on the hill. And already he makes a bid for best Takahashi in the game as he strikes out Aoki, the other Takahashi Kazuki, then gets a groundout from Nakamura.
Kendai's Kazuki gets a base hit to center, but he doesn't try to steal a base, and Ishikawa retires the next 3 batters.
Takahashi Ryousuke sends a ball down the right field line for a double.
Koutarou reaches down and lines a ball down the left field side! Yamagami has to chase after it and Ryousuke scores! 5-2!
Yuusuke singles through the left side! Koutarou goes to 3rd, but halts there.
Ryuusei with a ball back up middle! Ryousuke scores and its a 2-run ballgame! 5-3!
Big chance for Yamagata Chuo to pull within 1 or tie it, but Nagai hits one to short! Yokomizo starts the 6-4-3 double play to finish the inning.
Ishikawa playing with fire again. He walks Nagashima to lead off the inning, and the Yamagami with one down! But Kendai is not doing their running game at all with Ishikawa on the hill! He gets the next 2 batters out and we hit the break with Kendai Takasaki playing a much different game but tentatively still ahead.
It's a quick inning for Kazuki as he retires the side in just 8 pitches.
Hirayama with a one out single to right, and now they start running! He takes off for 2nd, but Koutarou gives no throw!
Hoshino singles to center and that will score Hirayama! Kendai gets back one of the runs and lead 6-3!
And he takes of for 2nd, and again with no throw!
Ishikawa retires the next 2 batters but Kendai starting to show their speed.
Kazuki gives up a one out walk to Koutarou, but Yuusuke's bid for a basehit with 2 outs is robbed by Yokomichi.
Yamagami with a ball to the left side. Nakamura runs it down, quick throw to 1st, but Kazuki's stretch can't quite get the ball!
Shibahiki follows that up with a single up the middle and they threaten to open the game up!
But Yokomizo grounds into the 4-6-3 double play and the deficit remains at 3.
Nagai with a 1-out bloop single, but they're hitting everything into the air but not hard. They're easy plays for the defense and Yamagata Chuo is running out of time.
(I held on as long as I can, but it's pretty much it for me today)
Besides, it kinds of goes awry as Kendai adds on 2 more runs and should be on their way to the Best 8.
Yamagata Chuo goes quietly in order and Kendai Takasaki hits the best 8 with an 8-3 win.