(20th, East Tokyo Tournament 3 Tokai University Takanawadai 7-4 Ikubunkan)
20th, High School Baseball East Tokyo Tournament Round 3 Tokai University Takanawadai 7-4 Ikubunkan
Balls, balls, balls … In the top of the first inning, Ikubunkan’s ace, Yohaku (3rd year), had six balls in a row. Catcher Takumi Okuma (same) rushed over. “Because the ball is coming, throw it as hard as you can.”
However, the ball control is not decided after that. Two consecutive walks from the first batter. He hit the 3rd batter to the right, but the 4th hit was infield hits to bases loaded. The next batter didn’t get a strike again and lost one point on an extruded walk. Again, Okuma went to the side of his mother and put his hand on his shoulder. “Let’s calm down”. responded, “I understand,” but immediately after that, he gave the batter a hit by a pitch and looked up at heaven.
Born in Tainan City, Taiwan. When he was in elementary school, he knew ” Koshien “. I want to play here. I’ve been longing for it. She decided to study abroad in Japan and entered Ikubunkan in the spring of 2020.
In the fall of 1st year, I changed my left arm to a sidearm. He is not as tall as 173 cm. “If you are sideways, you can angle the sphere.” He wasn’t used to it and he had trouble controlling the ball. He studied the pitching form and threw it intently. He walked with dumbbells to gain grip. The ball control is finally stable this spring, and the ball speed has grown to 135 km. He won the Spring City Tournament and became the driving force to acquire the seed right in the summer.
I have never returned to Taiwan after enrolling in Korona-ka, but the presence of my parents who supported me, “I should not be impatient and improve at my own pace,” was also a support for my heart.
On this day, threw 96 balls 6 times and hit 3 hits. He just counted 10 for the four dead balls. After the match, he cried, “I couldn’t fix the ball control disorder and lost because of myself.” Director Yukio Tanaka, who was active as a pitcher in professional baseball Nippon-Ham, says. “We are a team centered on my mother-in-law. I have grown to be one of the best pitchers in East Tokyo. I wish I could go up to the mound with a strong feeling. I wonder if kindness backfired.”
It did not reach the longed-for “Koshien”. However, he continues to play baseball at university to fulfill his dream of joining the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Taiwan national team. “I have enjoyed the last three years. I like Japan and Taiwan where I grew up. I will do my best to improve my level.” = Daejeon (Yuka Honda, Ryo Takeda)