After two days of rain the sun came up again and they boys were finally able to play ball again. Because of all the rainouts they had pushed the Jyousuikan vs Kochi match to the last spot of the day, I think to get both teams some rest. I was able to chat a little bit with the people at the Koushien chatrrom over at japanesebaseball.com, that was very nice.
Tohoka Tachibana 常葉橘 (Shizuoka) – Ashigawadai 旭川大 (Kita Hokkaido) 2-0
Tohoka Tachibana scored first in the very first inning and from there on both pitchers piled up zeros on the scoreboard. Although both teams had some chances to score, the game remained very close until Tohoka Tachibana was able to score again in the seventh inning. They never looked back from there on. Ashigawadai didn’t look weak at all and if things had fallen a little more in their favour, they might have gone through.
Nagano Nichidai 長野日大 (Nagano) – Sakushin Gakuin 作新学院 (Tochigi) 10-8
This was a completely different affair. Both teams came out slugging right from the start. The lead was changing all the time and although the offense in this game was very explosive it remained very tight until the end. At first Nagano Nichidai jumped ahead to a 3-1 lead (2nd) but then Sakushin leveled the score in the 3rd only to grab a lead in the 5th (6-5). But they squandered some chances to score more runs, most notably when they held a runner at third although he might have been able to score on a double by the batter. So Nagano Nichidai was able to break the game open in the 6th and 7th inning, but they weren’t through yet. Sakushin tried desperately, but in the end Nagano Nichidai survived the threat.
Tenri 天理 (Nara) – Nanto Sougou Fukuno 南砺総合福 (Toyama) 15-1
Jyousuikan 女水館 (Hiroshima) – Kochi 高知 (Kochi) 3-9
I feel sorry for Jyousuikan as they had the lead in both games that were suspended and now they lost it. This game was close as well, but Kochi opened it up with a 5-run 7th inning.