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Not Qualified To Be a Pitcher?
Season 1, Episode 3
Air date October 20, 2013
Written by Takeshi Konuta
Directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara
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Not Qualified To Be a Pitcher? (Tōshu Shikkaku?, 投手失格?) is Episode 3 of the Diamond no Ace Anime series. The Episode follows the storyline from chapter 4 to 6.


Sawamura arrives at Seido and gets to meet new people as well as Miyuki Kazuya. Sawamura tells the coach of his intention to become the team's ace and Kataoka gives him a challenge.


Sawamura arrives at Seidou and meets his new roommates Kuramochi Youichi and Masuko Tooru. The next day – his first day of training - Sawamura oversleeps and gets punished by coach Kataoka Tesshin. He is only allowed to run and cannot participate in practice. His next dispute with the coach follows immediately and Sawamura claims that he came to this school to be the ace of the baseball team. The coach offers him a challenge which is, if Sawamura is able to throw the ball ninety meters to the fence he is allowed to join practice. Sawamura accepts but because of Sawamura's idiosyncratical ball he misses spectacularly and hence, is not allowed to join the daily training.

The next day early in the morning, before the training begins Takashima Rei asks the coach if he really intends to let Sawamura give up on becoming a pitcher. At that moment they recognize Sawamura, who is already running on the training grounds. The coach asks: "How in the world did you throw such a naturally breaking ball almost ninety meters? However, a promise is a promise. I can’t let him participate in practice as a pitcher yet." Takashima smiles slightly. "Yet, huh?"