The last day with three games on one day and we are getting closer and closer to the final rounds of the tournament. I am still completely astonished by yesterday’s stellar performance of PL Gakuen‘s Nakano. And because of that I forgot to inculde the link to the wonderful inning-by-inning reports of Goro Shigeno. He’s doing a great job keeping all of us up-to-date it’s almost as if you are listening to a radio broadcast. Narashino Koukou 習志野 (Chiba) vs Rifu Koukou 利府 (Miyagi) 1-2x
It didn’t work out for Narashino Koukou this time. In the previous round they got through with a sayonara hit, but today Rifu outlasted them in their own way. Of course there wasn’t anay chance of a repeat of the marvelous pitching performance from PL Gakuen yetrday, but both pitchers managed to work themselves out of jams and were tagged for only one run until the final inning. Narashino took the lead first in the 6th with a sacrifice fly scoring a runner on third who got there with a triple. But Rifu responded immediately with a beautiful squeeze play. The stalemate continued until the last inning when Rifu were able to break it open with two outs. I guess, the pitching decided that one. Although both starters were not dominating, Rifu‘s Tsukamoto was a little sharper with 5 hits, one run, 7 K’s and only one walk.
So unfortunately we won’t be hearing Narashino‘s starting pitcher, Yamada‘s theme anymore. I really liked that rendition of “Surfin’ USA”. Instead I will enjoy the interpretation of GreeeeN‘s “Kiseki” （奇跡）by Rifu‘s marching band. The song was used as the theme for “ROOKIES”, a television drama about a high school baseball team of juvenile delinquents. I wonder if there is any connection?!
Meiho 明豊 (Oita) vs Hanamaki Higashi 花巻東 (Iwate) 0-4
Toyama Shou 富山商 (Toyama) vs Waseda 早稲田実 (Tokyo) 2-9
I didn’t watch those two games but Waseda seem to be cruising now.