We’re finally under way for this year’s edition of the summer tournament and the first day saw the first surprise exit already.
I had totally forgotten that Kyoto’s representative Ryuukokudai Heian won the whole thing in March, so their 1-5 loss against Kasukabe Kyouei from Saitama came somewhat of a surprise. All 5 runs came in the first inning when Ryuukokudai Heian’s starter Motouji wasn’t able to stop the bleeding and was chased from the hill after only 0.1 innings. His teammates tried to pick him up, putting runners on base in 7 innings, but they were only able to steal one run in the 7th from Kasukabe Kyouei’s starter Kaneko, who pitched a complete game on 122 pitches (7H, 1 ER, 5K, 2 BB). CF Nagaoka delievered the final blow with a two run double in the first.
The second game was a blowout. Tsuruga Kehi (Fukui) demolished Sakaide Shougyou (Kagawa), who made thier first appearance in 20 years. In the 16-0 rout Tsuruga Kehi’s leadoff man 1B Sasahara led the charge with a 4-5 performance, collecting 4 RBI and going yard once in the 5th for the first homerun of the tournament. 4 other player had 2 RBI and starter Hiranuma cruised to a three hit shutout on 116 pitches (9 IP, 3 H, 7K, 1 BB).
I then had the chance to watch the final game between West Tokyo’s representative Nichidai Tsurugaoka and Toyama Shougyou from, well, Toyama. This was a much closer affair as both starters seemed to have been on the top of their game. Nichidai Tsurogaoka’s southpaw Akiyama (9 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 0 BB) had two innings in which he struggled and unfortunately for him both times his opponents tagged him with a run. Altough he wasn’t helped by his defense (well, at least one run should have been unearned). Meanwhile Tomisho’s starter Morita was holding his own and he was helped by a spectacular catch by 2b captain Yokomichi. Morita ended up with a six hit shutout (9 IP, 6 H, 8 K, 1 BB) and Toyama Shougyou advance on a 2-0 win.
Speaking about the broadcast the stream on the official site was lagging a lot and it was almost unwatchable. It got better as the game went along.
One last thing: I found it interesting that the are now showing a pitch count tracker with the score.