Tuesday, August 16, 2016

98th Natsu Koushien - Day 10, Game 4 - Jyousou Gakuin (Ibaraki) v Riseisha (Osaka)

Jyousou Gakuin will have their work cut out for them. By far.

Jyousou Gakuin (Ibaraki)
2B Arimura Kouta (有村 恒汰)
CF Suyama Yuuki (陶山 勇軌)
1B Miyazawa Toyota (宮里 豊汰)
3B Hanawa Naoki (花輪 直輝)
C Shimizu Kazema (清水 風馬)
SS Nakamura Jin (中村 迅)
LF Ishikawa Dai (石川 大)
P Suzuki Shouta (鈴木 昭汰)
RF Suzuki Kaito (鈴木 海斗)

Riseisha (Osaka)
CF Fukuda Kandai (福田 観大)
2B Kitano Shuu (北野 秀)
1B Yoshikawa Yuuto (四川 雄翔)
3B Yasuda Hisanori (安田 尚憲)
C Imachi Taisei (井町 大生)
LF (13)Wakabayashi Shouhei (若林 将平)
RF Yamamoto Yuutaku (山本 侑度)
SS Wakabayashi Kenji (若林 健治)
P (10)Yamaguchi Yuujirou (山口 裕次郎)


16:45 - First pitch

And yet, it's Jyousou Gakuin who gets the jump! Yamaguchi leaves one over for Arimura and he drives it to left center for a leadoff double! However, after a failed bunt and a groundout it looks like the runner might be stranded. Yet right after Hanawa walks, Shimizu hits the first pitch to right center splitting the defense! Both runners come around to score and it's a 2-0 Jyousou lead!!

On the other hand, while Fukuda gets on via a high chopper, and he winds up on 3rd with 2 out, Yasuda can't drive him in. It's still early though.

Uh oh. Ishikawa with a line single just off the glove of a leaping Wakabayashi. after a sac bunt Yamaguchi walks Kaito and that'll be enough. Ace Terashima comes in to try and salvage the situation.

Uh oh....

Arimura already with an extra base hit, decides to get one off of Terashima! He drives one to center, and Fukuda makes a quick retreat as he realizes it's over his head!! Both runners score and it's 4-0 Jyousou Gakuin!!

Make that 5-0! Suyama lines another one out of Wakabayashi's reach and Arimura can waltz home!!

Riseisha on the other side of the ledger right now, but it's still early.

And here they come!

Imachi leadoff single to right. 2 batters late Yamamoto singles through the 6-hole. Fielders choice at 3rd makes it 2 down, but that doesn't phase them. Terashima instead singles to center making it 5-1. Fukuda extends the inning with a single, but Kitano grounds out to 2nd. Still, it's 1 run back immediately.

Jyousou Gakuin knows it has to continue scoring - no lead is safe. And so Nakamura lines a ball out of the reach of Yoshikawa and down the right field line for a triple (just).

Ishikawa flies out to left, but not nearly enough to tag on... And Shouta grounds out to retire the side.

Shouta flirts with danger again in the 4th. One down against the bottom of the Riseisha lineup he gives up a walk and two singles to load the bases. Yet given a slider middle low, Fukuda skies it for the 2nd. Kitano their last chance to extend the inning, and he scorches one, but it's right at Hanawa who gets the force at 3rd for the 3rd out!!

Things are not getting better for Terashima. He leaves one over for Miyazato who pummels it to right center for a double.  Then on a bunt Terashima fires it high to 1st.  A wild pitch brings in Miyazato making it 6-1. They lay down another bunt, Imachi goes to 3rd, but they don't get Hanawa! He's safe!

Nakamura with a safety squeeze?! Hanawa doens't go home so all it does is advance the trailing runner.

But now Ishikawa squeezes! They have no play at home and it's 7-1! Is it officially time to panic?

Riseisha makes one last push before the break. 2 down, Imachi takes an outside fastball the other way deep to left! Ishikawa jumps, but the ball takes a big ricochet off the padding and back towards home! He's in with a triple!

Shouhei hits a grounder to 3rd, and it looks to be the end of the inning, except that Hanawa airmails the throw letting Imachi score to put the deficit back at 5. 7-2.

Riseisha claws another run back in the 6th when Terashima (yes, the last batter Terashima) doubles down the left field line. Jyousou Gakuin happy to take the 2 groundsouts it took to score the run. 7-3.

I made it to the end of the game but am too tired. Riseisha scores one more in 9th, but not nearly enough as Jyousou Gakuin is the one that advances to face Shuugakukan in the Best 8!

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