Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Natsu Koushien Qualifying - Championship recap (07.26)

Couple of finals rained out, but some were able to wrap up.

Ibaraki - Jyousou Gakuin
Hosokawa Seiya (細川 成也) did his best to defeat Jyousou Gakuin, giving up just 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 5 and walking none.

But the problem is that they ran into Jyousou Gakuin and their established ace Suzuki Shouta (鈴木 昭汰), who last spring kept his team close with Osaka Touin, but did not look as spectacular this year.

Even still, he recorded 11 K's, including striking out Hosokawa twice. He gave up no runs, and therefore his team makes it to Koushien.

Chiba - Kisaradzu Sougou
Well, color me surprised, Shiritsu Funabashi at least proved that it belonged in the final, not allowing Kisaradzu Sougou to run away with it.

Though in the first, Oosawa delivered a 2-out 2-run double to take an early lead. But the pitching staff by committee shutout the offense after that so that 2 runs was the extent of the damage.

But in the 6th, Kisaradzu Sougou ace Hayakawa had the bases loaded with 2 outs. C Takada delivered a 2 out, 2-run hit of his own to tie the game.

The game stayed that way until the 9th when with a runner on 3rd, Oosawa came up once again and delivered a base hit to left center to give them the lead for good 3-2.

Ishikawa - Rained out
  • (S) Seiryou v Nihon Koukuu Ishikawa
Fukui - Rained out
  • Fukui Shougyou v Hokuriku
Shiga - Rained out
  • Oumi v Takashima
Hiroshima - Hiroshima Shinjyou
One wonders if Hiroshima Shinjyou is establishing itself as a Tier 2 school. After no appearances, it has now been to Haru Koushien (2014) and will now represent Hiroshima for the 2nd straight year.

Despite their performance earlier in the tournament, it seemed like Jyosuikan was trying to manage the game, going between their two pitchers Okamoto and Fukushima several times. It worked until the 8th inning when Hiroshima Shinjyou scored 3 in the 8 to take a 5-1 lead.

But they almost blew it. Jyosuikan, as if a light finally had been lit under their feet, rallied to within 1, but that would be as close as they would get.

Kumamoto - Shuugakukan
It got ugly. Quick.

Shuugakukan scored 3 right off the bat. Kyushu Gakuin tried to respond with 2 in the bottom of the frame, but Shuugakukan scored 6 unanswered in the next 2 innings to basically make the game merely a formality. The final damage was 13-2.

Kagoshima (Replay) - Shounan
I wish I could have watched the game to see how Shounan did it, how they survived 37 innings in 4 days.

But the key seemed to be the beginning of the game. Shounan started their ace Hamaya, while Kagoshima Jitsugyou went to reliever Maruyama. Maruyama though ran into trouble right off the bat and yielded 2 runs which perhaps set the tone for the game. Kagoshima Jitsugyou would tie the game in the 3rd, but Shounan would quickly re-take the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Hamaya would hand the ball off to reliever Hatakenaka soon after, and he shut the door, giving Shounan an amazing victory.

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