The tournament will have its first replay as today’s second game did not produce a winner after 15 innings.
During the morning session Kantou Dai-ichi (Tokyo) were ousted by Meitoku Gijiku (Kochi) 2-3. Kishi, who had to endure the full 15 innings against Chiben Wakayama in the first round, threw a complete game again, this time on 139 pitches (6H, 11K, 3BB, 2R, 1ER). Here’s hoping he’ll get a little bit of rest in the next game.
The epic drama came in the 2nd game as Kiryuu Dai-ichi (Gunma) remained tied against Hiroshima Shinjou (Hiroshima) threw the 15th inning (1-1) which simply means that there will be a rematch on Sunday. The scheduled quarterfinals will commence on Monday. Hiroshima Shinjou had opened the scoring in the second inning and were clinging to a slim 1-0 lead when Kiryuu tied the game in the 8th. And from there on both offenses became even quieter. Both pitchers went the distance of the full 15 innings throwing a combined 334 pitches. Kiryuu’s Yamada had a line of 7H, 5K, 2BB, 2HBP, 1ER, (163 picthes) while Shinjou’s Yamaoka threw for 9H, 6K, 1BB, 1ER (171 pitches). If both of them return to the game tomorrow, cue the outrage from all across the world how high school coaches abuse their pitchers. Still they were holding the offenses in check. No offensive player had more than 2 hits with most of them getting around 4 to 5 at-bats.
Hachinohe Gakuin Kousei (Aomori) and Ryuukokudai Heian (Kyoto) played the last game of the second round with the Kyoto boys coming out on top 8-2. Compared to their first round victory they used yet another pitcher as their starter, Takahashi, who did not have an appearance in the tournament until today. He did a great job in holding down the Kousei offense, allowing only two runs early in the game. Interestingly enough, he was lifted for ace Nakata, who came in in the 9th to finish the game. Takahashi left with a slightly inflated pitch count of 137 though (6H, 8K, 3BB, 2ER). On the offensive side RF Nakaguchi got the most of it again, going 3-4 with 2RBI and 2 runs.
And because I haven’t found a better video yet, here’s Kiryuu’s Yamada-kun pitching in the Kantou tournament last year.