Tokyo Six Universities Baseball 2023 Autumn League Match Keio University 4th Round
September 26, 2023 (Fire)
This card has reached the fourth round, and the curtain has begun on an important match that will determine the fate of the winning points. In the 4th inning, Hodai’s cannonball Takato Utsumi (4th person, Yokohama) took the lead with a single, but they were quickly caught up. In the 6th inning, with the lead up, the bases were loaded with a hit and two walks, and then consecutive well-timed hits from Ayumi Matsushita (Mei 2 = Toin Gakuen) and Tomoya Nishimura (Mei 3 = Chukyo University Chukyo) led to a 3-run turn. . However, right after that, Hodai allowed Hodai to come back with a well-timed two-point hit from Soutarou Honma. The match ended at 4-5, resulting in a loss of points after a fierce battle that lasted for four days.
Matsushita (right) hits a well-timed hit that temporarily turns things around.
Total match results
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Ji H E Law University 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 8 0 Qing University 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 × 5 10 1
(Hodai University) Ozaki, ●Hanawa, Yoshitsuru, Shinoki—Yinyasu
(Keio University) Takeuchi, Kogure, Rin Ogawa, Kazu Watanabe, ○Tanimura-Miyazaki
Batting order position Players Hits, runs, batting average, on-base percentage 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 (5) Takegawa 4 0 0 .200 .286 Strikeouts Strikeouts Right fly two fly 2 (8) Nakatsu 4 1 0 .333 .375 Left fly right Tobi Sanya Sanja 3 (6) Imaizumi 4 1 0 .300 .462 Chuhi Saan left fly right fly 4 (3) Utsumi Takashi 3 2 1 .167 .259 Miyan Nakayasu ① Four ball Yuhi 5 (9) Ura 3 1 0 .391 .458 Yugo Yuhi walk Saan R Yasushi Fujimori – – – — — 9 Teru Suzuki – – – .000 .000 6 (4) Matsushita 4 2 2 .400 .400 Saan strikeout Nakayasu ② Left fly 7 (7 ) Nishimura 4 1 1 .316 .350 Yujun Sango Saan ① Yugo 8 (2) ????安 3 0 0 .227 .320 Nishimura 4 balls, middle fly, left fly 9 (1) Ozaki 1 0 0 .000 .000 Pitching Go H Osawa 1 0 0 .000 .000 Throwing 1 Hanawa – – – — — H Himeki 1 0 0 .143 .143 Strikeout 1 Shinoki – – – .000 .000 H Takahara 1 0 0 .083 .154 Nigo Total 33 8 4 .240 .313
Number of innings pitched, batters hit safe, pitched, pitched ERA Ozaki 4 85 20 4 2 5 1 3.55 Hanawa 1 2/3 35 9 5 0 0 4 4.50 Yoshituru 0 1/3 17 17 1 0 0 0 0.00 Shinoki 2 37 7 0 1 2 0 2.53 Total 8 174 38 10 3 7 5 2.89
members on the bench
10 Sota Imaizumi (Law 4 = Chukyo University Chukyo) 32 Yuki Nakanishi (Law 1 = Kisarazu General) 35 Riku Hamaoka (Law 2 = Tokuei Hanasaki) 1 Kanta Ozaki (C4 = Shiga Gakuen) 3 Takato Utsumi (Person 4) = Yokohama) 2 Daiteru Suzuki (B3 = Meitoku Gijuku) 11 Kotaro Yamashiro (K3 = Fukuoka Ohori) 5 Shun Manabe (B4 = Hiroshima Commercial) 9 Hiroshi Urawa (K4 = Naruto) 13 Yuhiro Hanawa ( Law 4 = Joso Gakuin) 6 Yuki Takahara (Law 4 = Fukui Institute of Technology Fukui) 33 Tomoya Nishimura (Law 3 = Chukyo University Chukyo) 17 Riku Taketomi (English 4 = Nihon University Fujisawa) 23 Yuki Shinagawa (Bun 2 = Mie) 34 Rikuto Himeki (3rd = Nippon University Fujisawa) 18 Kentaro Shinoki (3rd = Kisarazu General) 24 Ren Takekawa (3rd = Shiga Gakuen) 36 Yamato Nakatsu (3rd = Komatsu Otani) 21 Shoei Yoshituru (3rd = Kisarazu General) Kisarazu General) 26 Yasuyoshi Fujimori (Business 1=Tenri) 39 Shoichiro Osawa (Law 3=Ageo) 22 Munehiro Tadokoro (Kya 3=Inabe General) 28 Kazuya Ishiguro (Law 2=Takaoka Commercial) 27 Ryoya Yoshiyasu (Law 3) = Osaka Toin) 29 Matsushita Ayuka (Business 2 = Toin Gakuen)
4th match against Hokyo. This is a match that they cannot afford to lose in order to get the winning points. The deciding factor in the match was how well both players could play to their fullest despite their fatigue.
The starting pitcher is Kanta Ozaki (K4 = Shiga Gakuen). Although his condition hasn’t improved completely so far, he has managed to hold out. From the first inning, he was in a pinch with the bases loaded due to walks and hits, but he pitched with power and did not allow him to take the lead.
The game started with Hodai’s attack in the top of the 4th inning. No. 3 Sota Imaizumi (4th law = Chukyo University Chukyo) hits to left field, steals base, and has a chance to get to second base with one out. Next up, No. 4 Takato Utsumi (person 4 = Yokohama), looks back and says that he hasn’t been able to perform as a No. 4 so far. Still, he showed his determination, saying, “I did my best for the team,” and gave them the lead with a series of hits in his first at-bat.
The long-awaited first goal comes from the number 4 bat!
Ozaki wants to protect his precious point, but he gives a walk to Haruki Mizutori, who is leading the way, and the next pitcher, Kenta Saito, is sent out. He allowed Naoto Ogawa, a pinch hitter sent by Keio University, to make a timely hit to tie the game. After that, the story became bitter and regrettable for Ozaki.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Yusuke Hanawa (Law 4 = Joso Gakuin) was the 2nd man. Hanawa has helped the team as a reliever. It seemed like he had just gotten two outs, but he was tripled by Kyosuke Miyazaki, and was reversed by an infield hit by Rion Saito. But Hanawa remained calm. He brilliantly kept Saito, the runner on second base, out and got through with the least number of runs allowed.
Hodai wanted to turn the game around no matter what, and when No. 2 Yamato Nakatsu (Eng. 3 = Komatsu Otani) got on base with an infield hit, Takashi Utsumi and Hiroshi Urawa (Ca. 4 = Naruto) chose walks, and the bases were loaded. Matsushita Ayumi (Business 2 = Toin Gakuen) is doing well here. When he scores a point in any way, he steps up to the plate and perfectly executes the manager’s wishes, making a turn-around hit at the right time. The Hodai bench erupted with great joy. However, it didn’t stop there, and No. 7 Tomoya Nishimura (3rd law = Chukyo University Chukyo) also took a low ball to the left, making it a timely hit.
Takashi Utsumi steps on home base for a comeback.
Hanawa continued in the bottom of the 6th inning with a 2-run lead. He wants to protect his lead, but he is caught by the Keio University batting lineup. He suffered consecutive hits, lost one point, and was disappointed when he got off the mound. The person who was entrusted with that role was Yoshituru Shoei (Tei 3 = Kisarazu General), who has shown stable pitching this season. However, he stole a base and found himself in a pinch with two out and second and third base, and No. 3 Sotaro Honma made a timely hit to right field to turn the game over again.
Hodai wanted to avoid conceding any more points, and Kentaro Shinoki (Tei 3 = Kisarazu Sogo) moved up to 4th place. Shinoki threw over 150 pitches the day before, and there were concerns that he might be fatigued, but as expected, Shinoki pitched with great spirit, keeping the seventh and eighth innings scoreless.
If we don’t score in the final inning, we will definitely lose. However, Nishimura and Ryoya Yoshiyasu (law 3 = Osaka Toin) were batted out, and pinch hitter Yuki Takahara (law 4 = Fukui Institute of Technology Fukui) stood in the batter’s box. He tried desperately to get the ball over, but it didn’t work and the game ended with a second grounder. Takahara slipped in headfirst, but was out. Takahara was disappointed because he was unable to stand up on first base.
Takahara’s tenacity did not bear fruit.
Hodai narrowly lost this close battle and missed out on winning points. It was a painful loss for the team, but the players were looking forward. Since next week is a free week, captain Imaizumi said, “I want to eliminate any mistakes during that time and prepare for the East War.”
Although I am disappointed, this is not the end. They won all the remaining cards and went on to win their long-awaited league championship. The players’ thoughts haven’t changed.
(Article, photo: Mei Takahashi)
Close-up: Takato Utsumi “Returning No. 4! He shows his presence with two hits and a first hit! ”
In fact, it was his first hit in 15 at-bats. In the second inning, Takato Utsumi (man 4 = Yokohama), who was batting at the top of the order, caught the first and second pitches against Keio University’s starting pitcher Takeuchi Takeuchi. The ball hit the gap between 1st and 2nd bases with a pleasant sound. After the game, he expressed his gratitude for his first hit in a while, saying, “I’m grateful to my teammates who supported me even though I haven’t been able to hit this far, and to the coach who continued to believe in me.”
On this day, it wasn’t just one hit. In his second at-bat in the 4th inning, Sota Imaizumi (4th grade, Chukyo University), who bats in front, gets on base with a hit, and immediately steals second on the second pitch. Furthermore, while the throw was deflected to the outfield, Imaizumi reached third base, creating an unexpected opportunity to take the lead. Keio University took time to defend here. Takashi Utsumi also returned to the bench and exchanged words with manager Shigeo Kato.
“I believe in you, so do your best.” As if in response to these expectations, he rebounded a high-flying fastball to center field, giving him the long-awaited first point.
In the 6th inning, he elected to walk, and with a timely hit from Matsushita Ayuka (Engage 2 = Toin Gakuen), he ran hard from second base and stepped on the home base of the reversal, but the game was later lost. However, the recovery seen in No. 4’s multiple hits is a bright sign. “We will win without losing a single match.” It’s going to be a tough battle where they won’t be able to lose even one more match, but No. 4’s batting will definitely be reliable.
Captain Sota Imaizumi
-Looking back on today’s match
It is mortifying.
-What do you talk about before the game?
We were talking about “Let’s win and face the Great East Japan War in good shape.”
-We ended up losing points.
It is mortifying.
– What do you want to work on in your free week?
It’s about improving your scoring ability and eliminating small mistakes.
-Enthusiasm for the period after the Great East War
This is a series of matches where I won’t lose a single match, so I’ll win 6 straight from now on!
-Looking back on today’s match
I’m disappointed because my goal was to get 5 points.
-How are you today?
I don’t know how I’m doing, but I tried my best.
-There was a hit in the first at-bat.
I’m grateful to my teammates who supported me even though I couldn’t hit as much as I did, and to my coach who continued to believe in me.
-In the 4th inning, there was a timely hit to take the lead.
I did my best for the team.
-What did the manager say to you before you hit the ball in a timely manner?
I was told to do my best because I believe in it.
-Enthusiasm for the next match and beyond
I will win without losing a single match.
Ayuka Matsushita player
– How did you approach the match despite being tired in the 4th match?
My opponent was also tired, so I went into the match with a strong desire to win.
-What were you thinking when you took the turn to bat when you had a chance at second and third base in the 6th inning?
It was a situation where we needed to score a point, so I went into the game with the intention of scoring in any way possible.
– What did your teammates call out to you during that at-bat?
The director asked me to do it.
-How did it feel to hit the ball at the right time?
It didn’t feel good, but I’m glad it fell off.
-Looking back at the match
It is mortifying.
-For the next match
I can’t lose anymore, so I’m going to win it all.
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