From now on I won’t be able to write about the games on a regular basis as my work schedule changed back to normal. I had some problems getting out of bed today and I definetely didn’t get enough sleep last night. Still I was surprised to find the last game of today still up and running. I didn’t expect that to happen. In the meantime be sure to check out what Deanna has to say about her trip to Koushien. She’s also got some very nice pictures there (as always). I think I like the one of those two Nihon Bunri players best. And for the Inning-by-inning reports go to the always hard working Goro Shigeno‘s site.
Tokyo Noudai-ni 東農大二 (Gunma) – Aomori Yamada 青森山田 (Aomori) 2-1
I watched this game all the way and my favourite in this one was Aomori, as I remember them being part of the very first game I ever watched from Koushien. The game was close as both teams scored early, but it was just a run each and so both pitchers while not overpowering were able to fool the hitters until the end and kept the score tied until the 9th inning.
Then, in the top of the 10th, my stream suddenly died and when I got it up and running again Noudai was leading by an run. Aomori weren’t able to come back into the game and lost it in extras.
Tsuruga Kehi 敦賀気比 (Fukui) – Teikyou 帝京 (Higashi Tokyo) 1-5
Shounan 樟南 (Kagoshima) – Kyushu Kokusaidai Fuzoku 九州国際大付 (Fukuoka) 1-3
Meihou 明豊 (Oita) – Saijyou 西条 (Ehime) 4-0
Kochi 高知 (Kochi) – Tokoha Tachibana 常葉橘 (Shizuoka) 6-7
Nagano Nichidai 長野日大 (Nagano) – Tenri 天理 (Nara) 7-6
Kansei Gakuin 関西学院 (Hyogo) – Chuukyoudai Chuukyou 中京大中京 (Aichi) 4-5
Yokohama Hayato 横浜隼人 (Kanagawa) – Hanamaki Higashi 花巻東 (Iwate)
Hamanaki Higashi jumped ahead early in the 1st and their hardthrowing ace pitcher Kikuchi kept Hayato in check for the next few innings, but they were able to level the score with a homerun in the 4th. Both pitchers looked good and the defense really kept up with their performance. Especially the corner infielders of both teams who robbed the batters of some base hits by catching some very hard hit liners. But Hamanaki broke it open in the 7th with a 2-run homerun. Kikuchi looked really impressive and although Hayato put runners on base, he always worked out of it with his strong pitching. He was struggling slightly in the last inning though, walking one and having a tough at-bat with the last batter, but he finally managed to put him away with another strikeout.
Sidenote: During the 5th inning break one brave reporter forced his way into the Hayato ouendan, giving an impression how passionate and loud the cheering sections in the Alps stands are. That was very interesting.