Spring Koshien: Enchou time

Another thriller rounded off the 7th day of the tournament.

In the first game of the day Ikeda (Tokushima) fell to Toyokawa (Aichi), who had beaten Nihon Bunri in the first round, 1-4. Toyokawa’s Tanaka was at it again after throwing 186 pitches in the previous game on Saturday. He tossed another complete game for the win, this time on 108 pitches (5H, 7K, 2BB, 1ER). He piched off two runners in a row at 1B in the 3rd inning. And he got help from his teammate 3B Nakamura, who went 3-4 with 2RBI.

Hakuoudai Ashikaga (Tochigi), who won their first round game handily were thumped by Okinawa Shougaku (Okinawa) 1-8 in the second bout of the day. Okinawa’s starter Yamashiro went the distance (8H, 4K, 0BB, 1HBP, 1ER, 105 pitches) and left fielder kubo had himself a 3-5 day with 3RBI. The game was close until the 6th inning tied at one, but then the Okinawa offense broke loose, chasing Hakuoudai Ashikaga’ starter Higa after 6.1IP.

The thriller came with the last game of day 7 with Chiben Gakuen (Nara) going down against Sano Nichidai (Tochigi) 4-5 in extra innings (or Enchou 延長, as the japanese would say). Sano Nichidai had pulled away early, grabbig a 4-1 lead by the end of the 4th inning, but Chiben Gakuen clawed their way back into the game with a run in the 6thand eventually tying the affair in the 8th with two runs. It stayed like this until the bottom of the 10th, when right fielder Koizumi sent Sano Nichidai to the next round with a sayonara hit to left field. Starter Tajima went the disctance again for Sano Nichidai, this time on 157 pitches (8H, 9K, 1BB, 2HBP, 4R, 2ER) while poor Okamoto, who had come in in the 9th for Chiben Gakuen, took the loss.

Here’s the sayonara hit with the school anthem of Sano Nichidai after the exchange of bows after the end of the game.

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