Today my personal favourites crashed out of the tournament, but they put up a great fight.
Chiben Wakayama (Wakayama) and Meitoku Gijiku (Kochi) played the last game of today’s scedule and they played one for the ages. Chiben Wakayama went up by a run in the second, scoring on a wild pitch, but Meituko tied the game in the 5th, when the batter reached base on a dropped flyball to center and eventually came around to score (after he was bunted over to 2nd base, of course). The game remained tied until the 12th inning with both teams having opportunities to put the whole thing to rest. Like bases loaded, two out in Chiben Wakayama’s case (6th). Then in the 12th inning center fielder Yamamoto put them in front again by clobbering a homer to right. But Meitoku responded again by virtue of the suicide squeeze with 1out and 2 on and the game was tied again. It remained that way until the 15h inning which is the last one teams play during the tournament. Had the game remained tied, they would have had themselves a new ballgame. But Meitoku, after having to survive threats by Chiben Wakayama in the 14th and 15th, said sayonara on a wild pitch by Azuma, Wakayama’s ace pitcher. A terrible, yet somewhat fitting way to end such a drama (3-2).
Of course there will be outrage because of pitcher abuse as Chiben Wakayama’s starter Saitou went 11.1 throwing 154 pitches (6H, 3K, 4BB, 2R, 1ER). But he was relieved by Azuma. Meitoku’s starter Kishi pitched the complete 15 innings on 188 pitches (12H, 7K, 4BB, 1HBP, 2R, 2ER) for the win. Let’s wait and se whether he gets a little rest in the next round.
Before that epic fight Kantou Dai-Ichi (Tokyo) staged a comeback win in their matchup with Misato Kougyou (Okinawa). Kantou Dai-Ichi had their chances, but the defense of Misato Kougyou held them in check, making some fine plays all around the field. The boys from okinawa had biult a tiny lead of two runs until the 8th inning, when the bats of Kantou Dai-Ichi finally exploded with 2 outs, netting them 4 runs. Which was enough for relief pitcher Abe (2IP, 1H, 16 pitches), who had come on in the 8th to seal the win 4-2.
And in the first game of the day Chiben Gakuen (Nara) coasted to an easy 7-2 win over Mie (Mie). 3B Okamoto had himself two homeruns in the rout, while ace Oda cruised to a complete game victory (9IP, 6H, 5K, 2R, 1ER, 115 pitches).
Here’s the wild pitch from that Chiben Wakayama – Meitoku Gijiku fight again.