TOMAKOMAI ADVANCES TO SEMI PAST HIMEJI
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at KOSHIEN
Komadai-Tomakomai aiming three-peat deserved a win over home Toyodai-Himeji 4-5 in the quarterfinals of the national high-school baseball championship 2006. In 7th inning, Tadao Mitani's infield single, or the fielding error between firstbaseman and pitcher I thought, gave Tomakomai a big winning run to home the third-base runnner Yamaguchi, who walked to enter the ininng and advanced to third after a sac bunt and a groundball to shortstop. Himeji led the game since first inning with four runs including Ryo Hayashizaki's two-run homer in 1st. Starter Kinya Tobiishi limited the South-Hokkaido team to just a hit and a walk until he allowed them to equarlize infielders' bad fieldings and 4 consecutive hittings in 6th.
Title-holder's ace pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had bad performances this day but ended the game breaking through the danger when he got the jam in 8th and a runner on 3rd in 9th. Tomakomai maybe lucky to score runs thanks to the opponent's errors. Next round semis, it's anxious how Tanaka has his tiredness in front of 1997 and 2000 winner Chiben-Wakayama, who had a walk-off win against Teikyo on the same day.
The 88th Summer Tournament at Koshien
Quarterfinals (17 Aug)
Toyodai-Himeji 4-5 Komadai-Tomakomai
*Tomakomai Meets Chiben-Wakayama in Semifinals