I didn’t have a chance to watch the whole game, but the first few innings of the Kouryo vs Miyazaki Kougyou game were pretty exciting. The first thing that struck me were the unusual mechanics both pitchers had when they were throwing to home plate. During the first inning Kouryo’s starter Arihara (I hope I got the name right) looked almost untouchable, looking like he was going to strike out two batters on six pitches. The way he carried on seems to have been fantastic as he was pitching a perfect game until the 5th inning. His counterpart wasn’t bad either as both were exchanging zeros until the 9th inning when things started to fall apart.
Chiben Wakayama crashed out of the tournament in the 2nd round which I personally find a little bit disappointing since I came to like them over the past two years, but they never seem to make it big when I root for them. Maybe I have to drop by in Wakayama during my visit to Japan this year to cheer on them in the summer.
Last year’s summer champion Chuukyoudai Chuukyou on the other hand seems to be strong during this spring as well as they moved on to the next round.