|Yura Sougou vs. Seidou High|
|Manga||Act II, Chapter 147-158|
|Anime||Episode 47-49, Season 3|
|Tournament||West Tokyo Tournament|
The Yura Sougou vs. Seidou High match takes place during the third round of the 90th National High School Baseball Championship qualifiers on July 15 at the Netz Tama Akishima Stadium. Being seeded, it's Seidou's first game of the summer tournament.
Summary of the Game
Right at the start Yura's 1st batter pulls a safety bunt, but Sawamura gets the ball (before Kanemaru) and throws to 1st; but its' a wild throw and the runner gets on base. Seemingly affected by this fielding error Sawamura gives up a walk next. The third batter makes a slug bunt, despite being jammed which enables Yura to score the first run. Seidou gets out of the 1st inning with two lost runs.
In the bottom of the 1st inning Kuramochi hits a triple off of the south paw starting pitcher of Yura. Haruichi then easily drives him in and scores Seidou's 1st run. Shirasu's grounder moves Haruichi to 3rd. Miyuki gets walked; so now they have a runner on 3rd and 1st. Next up is Seidou's No. 1 pull hitter, Zono. During the first two pitches Miyuki takes off and gets on 2nd. Zono is forced to put the third pitch into fair territory instead of fouling it because of a sharp line drive. It went straight to the 2nd baseman; Seidou's runners couldn't move and it's 2 outs. 6th batter is Toujou, who puts the ball to the outfield, where it gets caught. The first inning ends with 2 runs for Yura and 1 run for Seidou. Coach Kataoka explains that this is the result of the opponent going all out. They should switch gears and move on. He tells Sawamura that he is counting on him.
So on top of the 2nd inning Sawamura stands on the pitching mound with the determination to live up to the expectations including those of his teammates on the bench. He gets through the 2nd inning without losing any runs. However, he's still grinding and doesn't seem to have hit his stride yet. In the bottom of the inning, after Masashi and Kanemaru didn't get on base, Sawamura gets riled up for his at bat and - although he makes an unnecessarily dangerous base run whilst sliding to first - also gets retired.
In the 3rd inning neither Seidou nor Yura scores a run.
At the top of the 4th inning after throwing 4 balls Sawamura gets switched. Kawakami takes over and tells him that his feelings reached everyone and asks him if he can let them handle the rest. Sawamura then "charges" the ball - something Kawakami did for him during their match agains Yakushi - and handles it to Kawakami with the words: "I've charged everything into it." In the dugout Kataoka explains that he didn't want to give their opponents anymore openings to exploit. So he tells Sawamura to let the team handle the rest. After a short banter with Furuya Sawamura cheers loudly from the dugout, delaying cool down to watch the rest of the inning. On the pitching mound Miyuki and Kawakami talk about how Sawamura's pitches have been out of shape: But both are sure that he tried to pitch while shouldering everything he could. Miyuki says that he wanted to be able to do more for him. Kawakami agrees.
The 3rd year battery then retires the 9th batter by forcing a fly-ball to 2nd and then strikes out the lead-off with the sinker. They showed a perfect relief, preventing Yura-Sougou from grabbing the momentum.
At bottom of the 4th inning Miyuki manages to hit a homerun and thus equals the score. Zeno pulls one to the left field and gets on 2nd. Next batter is Toujou who hits a slider. It's a line drive to the right foul line. Zono is able to round 3rd base and Seidou takes the lead. Masashi is struck out. Kanemaru hits a grounder to Yura's shortstop, who chases it down but is only able to stop it from going further to outfield. So it's 1 out, runners on 1st and 3rd; next at bat is Kawakami. He grounds the 3rd pitch, a fastball, and Tojou runs home immediately thus scoring their 3rd run in this inning.
Kawakami holds Yura off until the 6th inning without losing any runs. Sawamura is determinded to start everything from the beginning starting from today after recalling Miyuki's words after his homerun: "The ace is not alone when it comes to carrying the team." Masashi slams a 2 run homerun in the 7th inning and it's a called game. Seidou wins.
- Act I - Chapter 383