Today Germany is awaiting what looks like to be the hottest day of the year so far. Weather forecast predicted temeratures of around 37°C which I personally believe is way too much if you have to work in an office. Still it has to be even harder to play a sport under such conditions and considering the humidity in Japan I believe I don’t want to trade places with the boys playing in Osaka.
Meanwhile Deanna put the 2nd part of her trip to Koushien up on her blog. Some nice pictures there again. Don’t expect her to talk about the weather though.
Talking about the games today saw another stellar appearance by Hamanaki Higashi‘s ace 3rd year Yuusei Kikuchi, probably the player who gets most of the attention and who will likely be the star of the tournament.
Kenritsu Gifu Shougyou 県岐阜商 (Gifu) – PL Gakuen ＰＬ学園 (Osaka) 6-3
As the “Koushien” moves along it’s obvious that some bigger names will have to los, but this must have been the biggest upset in the tournament so far. Local boys PL Gakuen are out of the competition. Gifusho, who clobbered their way into the next round with a 14-6 over Yamanashi, jumped ahead quickly and PL was never able to tie the score again. PL‘s starter looked shaky during their first game against Seikou, so it comes as no surprise that Gifusho took advantage of that and even scored a homerun. They will now have to deal with Nihon Bunri from Niigata who thrashed Nihon Koukuu 12-5.
Nihon Koukuu Ishikawa 日本航空石川 (Ishikawa) – Nihon Bunri 日本文理 (Niigata) 5-12
Risshoudai Shounan 立正大淞南 (Shimane) – Tokyo Noudai-ni 東農大二 (Gunma) 4-2
Teikyou 帝京 (Higashi Tokyo) – Kyushu Kokusaidai Fuzoku 九州国際大付 (Fukuoka) 4-3
Miyakonojyou Shougyou 都城商 (Miyazaki) – Chiben Wakayama 智弁和歌山 (Wakayama) 4-1
This one didn’t look too good for Chiben Wakayama right from the start. Their lefthanded starter Okada wasn’t sharp in his last appearance either, if I remember it correctly so Miyakonojyou took advantage of that right in the 1st inning tagging him with three runs. Wakayama‘s offense wasn’t hitting as they did in their previous game, although they created their chances, but left too many men on base. Okada settled down a little bit and found his groove over the course of the game though, working out of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the 7th. But it wasn’t as if Chiben was so bad, they were held down by a brilliant performance by Miyakonojyou‘s ace Shinnishi. As the announcer’s were saying the rhythm of the battery was very good and Shinnishi‘s control was splendid. In the 5th e.g. he struck out the side. Wakayama‘s biggest chance came in the 8th when they had runners on first and second and their cleanup batter 1B Yamamoto came to the mound with two outs, but he flew out to right after a great at-bat. So Chiben are out and their players really looked down. Their final runner was shedding a few tears when he was on first base in the last inning. But it was a great game.
Meihou 明豊 (Oita) – Tokoha Tachibana 常葉橘 (Shizuoka) 8-6
Nagano Nichidai 長野日大 (Nagano) – Chuukyoudai Chuukyou 中京大中京 (Aichi) 5-15
Hanamaki Higashi 花巻東 (Iwate) – Tohoku 東北 (Miyagi) 4-1