Some blow outs, some walk offs, extra innings. The round of the last 16 teams had a little bit of everything.
First here’s who made it through to the quarterfinals:
Seiryou (Ishikawa) – Hachinohe Gakuin Kousei (Aomori) 1-5 (10)
Nishougakushadai Fuzoku (East Tokyo) – Okinawa Shougaku (Okinawa) 5-6x
Mie (Mie) – Jouhoku (Kumamoto) 7-5
Tsuruga Kehi (Fukui) – Moriokadai Fuzoku (Iwate) 16-1
Toyama Shougyou (Toyama) – Nihon Bunri (Niigata) 5-6x
Osaka Toin (Osaka) – Yazu (Tottori) 10-0
Oumi (Shiga) – Seikou Gakuin (Fukushima) 1-2x
Yamagata Chuo (Yamagata) – Kendai Takasaki (Gunma) 3-8
Tsuruga Kehi and Osaka Toin indeed look like they are determined to slug their way to the title. In fact, Tsuruga Kehi now has a run differential of 42-2 over three games.
At the other end Seikou Gakuin seems to be like living on the edge as they only managed a +4 run differential (8-4) with two 2-1 victories, the second one of those coming on a walk off hit by their SS Ishigaki against Oumi today.
I’d be a bit concerned about Nihon Bunri’s RHP Iizuka, who looked pretty sharp against Tomisho at the beginning, but had to give up 5 runs along the way, albeit on only 129 pitches (9IP, 11H, 6K, 4BB, 5ER).
Hachinohe Gakuin Kousei RHP Nakagawa went all 10 innings against Seiryou (10IP, 7H, 8K, 2BB, 1ER, 127 pitches) and you have to wonder whether he’ll start tomorrow versus Tsuruga Kehi.
Mie LHP Imai and Okinawa Shougaku RHP Yamajiro both went the distance as well.
Yet Osaka Toin rested their ace RHP Fukushima and had LHP Tanaka throw a complete game 3-hit shut out against Yazu (9IP, 3H, 7K, 0BB, 0ER). They look like they really have two aces on their roster right now, which sets them up nicely for the next round.
On a lighter note: the game Yamagata Chuo vs Kendai Takasaki featured 5 players with the last name of Takahashi, and all of them written with the same Kanji (高橋). 4 of them were playing for Yamagata Chuo. I believe that must be some kind of a record.