|Seidou High vs. Yakushi High|
|Anime||Season 2, Episode 41-51|
|Tournament||Fall Tokyo Metropolitan Tournament|
The Seidou High vs. Yakushi High match is the final match of the Fall Tokyo Metropolitan Tournament. This match was held on October 24th at 1:00 P.M.
Summary of the Game
First Inning: Kuramochi puts up a fight with fouls while keeping in mind his role of getting on base and creating opportunities. The count reaches 3-2 and Kuramochi hits to the right field, making it to first base. Batting second is Tojou. With the first pitch, Kuramochi steals second. No outs and runner on second, Tojou sacrifice bunts to advance Kuramochi to third, then Mishima walks Haruichi on four balls. Up to bat next is Miyuki.
The first pitch is low and away, and a strike. The second pitch is a forkball--a ball. The third pitch, Miyuki hits a line drive but Mishima luckily stops the ball and Yakushi pulls off a double play.
Bottom of the inning, the team cheers Kawakami on. Both Furuya and Sawamura wish him good luck and Kawakami inwardly admits that their cheers put so much pressure on him. Batting first for Yakushi is Akiba. Kawakami opens up with an inside pitch, a strike. Miyuki calls for the sinker next, intending to catch Yakushi's batters off guard and take the upper hand. Kawakami throws and Akiba makes contact, surprised with the break of the ball and is out on first. Kawakami outs the second batter, while Mishima lands a hit to center field. Next at bat is Raichi and his classmates came to watch the team play.
The first pitch is a Sinker-- a ball, then follows it up with an outside pitch. The third is a pitch to the inside that Raichi fouls to first. The fourth is a slider which Raichi hits strongly to right field. Batting fifth is Sanada who executes Raizou's plan of swinging at breaking balls. He hits the slider to right field but Shirasu catches the ball, preventing Yakushi from scoring.
Second Inning: Top of the second, Seidou is up to bat. First and batting fifth is Maezono. The first pitch is a strike on the outside, followed by a breaking ball that Maezono hits up front. Its a weak hit but he makes it to first as the fielders were confused by his swing. Batting next is Shirasu who pulls off a slug bunt and run, impressing his teammates. Now runners on third and first, at-bat is Higasa. The first pitch is a foul over the third line base then a hit to left field.
The fielder catches the ball, Maezono's going for the tag-up, and successfully scores. Batting next is Asou whose hit to third is caught by Raichi, thus, preventing Seidou from scoring. Bottom of the second, Kawakami retires Yakushi's six, seven and eight holes.
Third inning: Top of the third, Kuramochi hits and the ball goes just over and behind the shortstop. Kuramochi makes it to base. Tojou strongly hits next and with Yakushi's fielder throwing to Yone in an effort to out Tojou, Kuramochi runs through third trusting Mimura's signal to keep running. With that play, Seidou scores their second run. Haruichi follows suit smacking the ball between left and center. With Seidou once again in a position to score and Miyuki at-bat, Raizou calls for a pitcher change, sending Raichi to the mound. The unpredictable course of Raichi's pitches makes it difficult for Miyuki to hit and he is eventually jammed. Like Miyuki, Maezono also struck out surprised that the speed of Raichi's pitches increase with each throw.
Akiba leads off with a double and runs to third base at the next bat. The count is two outs with the clean-up batting next. Miyuki wants to end it before Raichi comes up to bat. Mishima pops a fly and Yakushi goes down without a run.
Fourth inning: Raichi is still pitching with Kawakami up to bat, the latter putting up a fight and managing to keep up with the pitches, but one pitch goes astray and almost hits Nori's head. The next pitch is straight down the middle and Nori hits it, but it's a grounder. Raichi strikes out the batters and Kawakami goes up to pitch against Raichi.
Miyuki calls for an inside pitch, then a slider to the inside, but both of them end up as balls, but the third pitch is a strike. Miyuki decides the next pitch should be a sinker and Nori pitches, but Raichi hits it to the stands and it's a home run. Miyuki states that the pitch was nowhere near what he asked for, but nevertheless, Nori continues pitching. Next up is Sanada who hits the first pitch and gets on first, but the ball is caught before it becomes a double. The next three pitches to Hirahata are all balls, but the 4th pitch is a strike.
Thinking that it's too early to walk off the mound, Kawakami pitches and the batter hits the ball and Kuramochi thinks that they can get a double play if he stops it, but just as the ball is passing the mound, Kawakami interferes with the ball's course and taps it away from it's original path towards Kuramochi. Quickly alters his path to follow the ball, Kuramochi catches it and throws backwards to Haruichi who catches it and throws it to first successfully completing the double play.
With two outs, Kawakami consecutively walks two batters. And in the dugout, Kataoka tells Kanemaru to fetch Sawamura. The scene pans to the Yakushi dugout where Raizou reveals that the reason why Kawakami is messing up is because he probably can't feel anything with his fingertips from the impact of Raichi's pitches. Feeling the pressure of being on the mound, Kawakami pitches but the batter connects to it and the second-base runner ties the game. Sawamura walks out to the field and towards the mound where, after giving words of encouragement to Sawamura, Kawakami walks back to the dugout.
Sawamura pitches against Akiba who is unable to hit the first pitch. The next pitch is a ball to the outside and Akiba jams the final pitch. However, the third-baseman fails to catch the ball and the runner scores causing Yakushi to take the lead. Sawamura pitches again and Yakushi makes their move, both runners try to steal, but Masuda fouls the pitch and the following pitches. When the batter chokes up on the bat in preparation for a change-up, Miyuki notices and tells Sawamura to pitch his best fastball, one that he had been practicing a ton the night before. The pitch becomes a swinging strikeout.
Becoming too excited with wanting to bat Sawamura's pitches, Raichi loses his previous pitch control and walks Haruichi. But when Miyuki walks up to bat, Raichi suddenly fixes his control and strikes Miyuki out with the latter unable to make any contact with the ball. Walking back to the dugout, Miyuki apologizes to Maezono. Everyone is shocked the Miyuki was unable to touch the ball in such a critical moment and questions what might have happened to him. Zono goes up to bat and wonders why Miyuki apologized and then realizes that Miyuki might injured from the tackle in the game against Seiko.
Fifth inning: It's the top of the fifth and Maezono is up to bat with one out, bases loaded. The first pitch is a ball, the second is a foul, then another ball, another foul, and the last ball makes it a full count. Finally, hitting the ball, Zono pops a fly, but Kuramochi makes it back home and scores, tying the game. Shirasu gets a base on balls and the bases are loaded again. Now realizing what kind of place the mound is, Raichi's pitching fails to advance the game. Having no other choice, Raizou swaps the players around. Raichi covers third, and in turn the third baseman, Mishima covers first and the first baseman, Sanada, is the new pitcher.
The count is two outs, one ball, and the bases are loaded. Mine observes the switch and comments that it is Yakushi's best formation. Knowing that Seidou is going to bat aggressively, Akiba wants to get Higasa to hit an infield grounder. Sanada pitches and Higasa hits it to third base where Raichi is. He catches the ball and throws it to Mishima at first, who barely catches the throw, but nevertheless gets the out.
Yakushi is up the bat with the next batters being the clean-up. Sawamura's first pitch is a strike and Mishima fouls the next one. Miyuki calls for the next pitch and thinks that instead of being afraid of dragging everyone's morale down, he should have been more straightforward. Sawamura then pitches, and it's a change-up, which strikes out Mishima.
Next up to bat is Raichi and Sawamura greets him with a fastball to the inside which Raichi hits into left field. Up next to bat is Sanada, to whom Miyuki calls for a moving fastball to the outside. Raichi goes for the steal and manages to get it. In between that play, Miyuki catches the pitch and throws it to Kuramochi on second, but misthrows and the ball falls short of Kuramochi's mitt.
Calling for a time-out, Miyuki tells Sawamura to focus on the batter and that the plan is to pitch one to the inside before finishing Sanada with a change-up. Giving a few words to Miyuki, they get back in positions and Miyuki calls for Sawamura to pitch a cutter to the batter's chest. Feeling determined, Sanada hits the cutter and it goes into center field. Now there's one out with runners on first and third.
Seido brings in their infielders a bit and Raizou tells Hirahata to believe in his swing. Miyuki wants to make Hirahata hit a grounder, but instead, the latter decides to bunt. The second pitch is a ball but on the third one Hirahata bunts again, this time it succeeds and Raichi runs home, putting Yakushi back into lead. The count is now two strikes with a runner on second. Batting seventh, Yakushi hits a grounder to second and gives up their third out.
Sixth inning: At the top of the sixth, Yakushi is in the lead, 4 to 3, and batting first is Sawamura. Aso barely makes it to first base and Kuramochi is up next and he strikes out. Toujou is up next and he also gets out, making that the third out. Sawamura is back up to pitch and strikes out all three batters getting a three for three. Neither teams score in the sixth inning and they head into the seventh.
Seventh inning: At the top of the seventh, Haruichi is up to bat. Sanada throws a powerful shootball that breaks Haruichi's wooden bat and he is out on first. Miyuki bats next and is out on a grounder to third while Maezono struck out with a cutter to the outside. Bottom of the seventh, Sawamura gets the first out by jamming Masuda. Batting next is Mishima. Sawamura quickly gets two strikes, frustrating Mishima. He fights it out with fouls before getting on base with a hit into left field. Raichi is at-bat next and Seidou's battery decides to face him head-on. The first pitch is the change-up and Raichi went for it, but is a foul. The second pitch is another change-up and another foul. The third pitch is a pitch Raichi's been waiting for but it's a swing and miss.
Two outs and a runner on base, up to bat is Sanada. Sawamura opens up with a change-up for the first strike. The second and third pitch are fastballs which are supposed to be balls but Sanada swings anyway. The fourth pitch is a change-up, a swing and miss for Sanada and that's the third out. Yakushi once again, fail to score additional runs.
Eighth inning: After the Miyuki and Sawamura battery prevail against Yakushi's clean-up batters, Kataoka entrusts Sawamura the eighth. At the top of the eighth, Shirasu is up to bat. He stands on the line to pressure Sanada and to seal inside pitches. Sanada doesn't back down, throwing an inside pitch for the first strike. The second pitch, Shirasu is out on a liner to first. Batting seventh is Seidou's pinch hitter Kanemaru. The first pitch is a ball. Kanemaru hits afterwards and the ball goes over Raichi to left field. He gets a double. Sawamura is up, bunting to advance Kanemaru to third. Batting ninth is Asou, who stands away from the plate. He baits an inside pitch but gets out on first. Nonetheless, he receives praise from his teammates.
Bottom of the eighth, Yakushi leads by one, Sawamura hold the Yakushi batters down.
Ninth inning: Seidou is back to the top of their batting order. Kuramochi hits right to the second baseman, taking him down for the first out. Batting second is Tojou who is very determined to get on base. The first pitch is a ball. The second pitch, Tojou hits a grounder to the shortstop but is out on first. Yakushi is now one out away from winning the game, and both Furuya and Sawamura cheer the batters.
Following Tojou is Haruichi. He hits the shootball, and the ball goes into centerfield. He makes it to first base and looks to steal second. Batting next is Miyuki who hasn't had a hit yet. The first pitch is a strike but Haruichi manages to steal second. The second pitch is a ball to the outside followed by another wide pitch. Raizou is feeling more tense and calls for the time-out. A messenger is sent to the mound telling the team that they may concede a run for they still have the bottom of the inning.
The game resumes, Miyuki fights with fouls and eventually an infield hit between short and second. He gets to first while Haruichi advances to third. Batting fifth is Maezono and the outfielders have moved out expecting a big hit. The first pitch is a swing and miss on Maezono but Miyuki steals second. The second pitch however, is another strike, this time on the outside. Maezono is cornered at 0-2 and a single strike can end the game. Sanada throws to the outside and Maezono fights with fouls. Maezono eventually hits with the ball going over the second baseman. Haruichi scores from third base tying the game at 4-4. Mimura notices the fielder didn't catch well, and signals Miyuki to run all the way through. He gets to the plate and scores giving Seidou the lead. Following the 2-RBI from Maezono, Sanada retires Shirasu for the third out.
Bottom of the ninth, Sawamura asks Kataoka to let him pitch but Kataoka decides to send Furuya instead. The crowd cheers and so does Sawamura who impress both Miyuki and Furuya with his attitude. Akiba's at bat, Miyuki calls the first pitch, a fastball to the inside.
Furuya cleanly closes out the match before Raichi gets to bat ending the match with Seidou's win.