|The Ace's Instinct|
|Season 2, Episode 33|
|Air date||November 16, 2015|
The Resolve for Responsibility
The Ace's Instinct is episode 33 of the Diamond no Ace Anime series Season 2. The episode follows the storyline from chapter 338 to chapter 342 of the manga.
Seiko Academy scores another run on top of the seventh. At the bottom, Seiko's battery continue to strategically walk Miyuki. The next inning, Nagata hits a two-run home run off Sawamura. Will the home run affect Sawamura's confidence?
The top of the sixth, with two outs and runners on first and third, Nagata's up at bat for Seiko. He hits big to center field and the third runner scores. The fifth batter is out on first. At the bottom, Seidou goes down three for three yet again.
At the top of the seventh, Seiko scores another run with a back to back doubles from Nishijima and Tsune. Miyuki deduced that the batters are just swinging at everything in the strike zone and not focusing on one a specific pitch. An exhausted Furuya calms himself by looking around at his teammates, and he continues to pitch tenaciously. At the bench, Kataoka gives Sawamura instructions. Now with two outs and runner on second, Masu is up at bat once again. Furuya stops Masu's hit to center with his body and managed to out Masu on first. Furuya is later praised by Kataoka but the coach informs him that he'll be pulled out. At the bottom, Miyuki is walked again on four balls to which Raizou thinks is intentional. Maezono makes a strong hit to third but doesn't get on base.
At the top of the eighth, Sawamura is sent to the mound. He strikes out Yamashita with his change-up. He corners the next batter, Kojima, but he is tense. Miyuki calls for the changeup to help Sawamura relax, but Kojima manage to hit. One out and runner on first, Sawamura faces Seiko's fourth batter. Nagata missed a fastball to the outside, but his swing intimidates Sawamura. The next pitch, the changeup is a ball. Nagata have a recollection of why he chose to attend Seiko Academy and Coach Kumakiri's support and words of wisdom. Fueled with these memories, he hits a two-run home run off Sawamura thus, tying the game at 5-5. Yet, Sawamura seems unfazed. Miyuki thinks that it could be that Sawamura does not have a full grasp at the situation yet, thus signals Kataoka to have Kawakami ready in case of emergency. Up next at bat is fifth hole Tamaki. Tamaki hits a grounder to third but Kanemaru fumbles the ball. Tamaki makes it to first. Kanemaru is shocked but is cheered up by Sawamura who isn't backing down despite feeling immensely pressured.