|Season 1, Episode 44|
|Air date||August 17, 2014|
|Written by||Takeshi Konuta|
|Directed by||Mitsuyuki Masuhara|
Best Pitch (Kimedama, 決め球) is Episode 44 of the Diamond no Ace Anime series. The Episode follows the storyline from chapter 131 to chapter 134 of the manga.
Raichi's homerun hit in the quarter-final replays in Sawamura's head but finds the strength to strike Maki out. Sawamura pass the baton to Kawakami who close out the game.
Sawamura face-off with Maki. On the first pitch, Maki hits the ball but is a foul ball. Sawamura is shocked and becomes tense as he throws far outside despite Miyuki calling for an inside pitch. Sawamura remembers Raichi's homerun hit back in the quarter-finals. The third pitch goes foul down the first base line and Sawamura’s even more shaken up. But despite this, the four-seam fastball to the inside is what Miyuki calls for and the pitch goes through safely, but the pitch seems off. It seems to go a little too far inside, but it’s called a strike and Maki gets called out.
In the dugout, Maki regrets the fact that he had not gone to Seidou not because he wasn't invited but because he was simply afraid to join the team. On the other hand, Coach Ugai sees the flaw in his coaching philosophy, which doesn’t give his players confidence. They never face the biggest adversity and thus never overcome it. Sawamura passes the baton to Kawakami, who successfully close the game. Seidou wins and are advancing to the Finals.
After the match, Sawamura finally sees his old Junior High team and Kuramochi finally gets to see Wakana.