Last 16 standing

The 2nd round concluded today and we’re all set for the round of the last 16.

Here are the results of the past two days.

Day 8:
Mie (Mie) – Oogaki Nichidai (Gifu) 4-2
Touhou (Aichi) – Nihon Bunri (Niigata) 2-3
Kanoya Chuo (Kagoshima) – Seiryou (Ishikawa) 1-4
Kendai Takasaki (Gunma) – Rifu (Miyagi) 10-0

Day 9:
Toukai Daiyon (South Hokkaido) – Yamagata Chuo (Yamagata) 0-2
Saku Chousei (Nagano) – Seikou Gakuin (Fukushima) 2-4
Meitoku Gijuku (Kochi) – Osaka Toin (Osaka) 3-5

It is becoming more obvious that the trend is changing towards using more pitchers during a game. So while Mie’s manager still seems to be on the old school side of things, letting his starter LHP Imai go all 9 innings while tossing 163 pitches, Kendai Takasaki used 4 pitchers during their 10-0 rout of Rifu. Which is something you should do to preserve the arms you have,

Osaka Toin, on the other hand, used their ace RHP Fukushima only for 4 innings during their first game (53 pitches) and had him pitch the complete game against Meitoku Gijuku (154 pitches). Which is okay, I guess, because they will face a rather light hitting lineup of Yazu who they’ll face in the round of 16. But Fukushima also looked tired giving up three consecutive hits (1 HR) in the 9th, so you’ll have to wonder whether their manager will let him start the next game or whether he’ll give the ball to LHP Tanaka, who started in the previous round, but was tagged for 5 runs in 5 innings.

Another starter to keep an eye on would be Nihon Bunri’s RHP Iizuka, who already has to complete games in this tournament and is at 277 pitches through those two games.

It’ll be interesting to see how the managers will use their pitching over the next days. Because things won’t be any easier from here on.

On the offensive side Kendai Takasaki’s C Tsuge had himself quite a day against Rifu, going 4-5 with 5 RBI and 2 runs. He also had himself a stolen base. Over the two games so far in this tournament he’s hitting 5-9 (2 XBH) with 6 RBI.


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