Both starting pitchers gave up runs at the beginning of the game but became stable afterwards. Iwashita (#1 RHP) of Seiryo struggled to locate his fastball accurately but his breaking balls, fork and slider, helped him. After his team helped with their bats in inning 7 and 8, he would get psyched up and started to pitch his fastball better, his fastball was increasing to 145 km/h although his pitch count was 149 after completing the game. Shizuoka’s Tujimoto (#1 RHP) located balls mainly outside of the home plate, utilizing his change up and slider. Tsujimoto failed to locate the ball accurately in critical situations as his fatigue kicked in during inning 7 & 8.
Seiryo, who came back from 0 – 8 in the championship game of the prefecture’s preliminary, showed their come-back strength while they were chasing Shizuoka most of the time. Nakamura, Seiryo’s 2 hole hitter, hit a single and brought the second base runner Yokoyama home to tie the game 4 -4. Nakamura did not let that high fast ball go by when Shizuoka’s Tsujimoto failed to locate it low. Iwashita, Seiryo’s 7 hole hitter, hit a double and brought the runner home to make the score 5 -4 in the inning 8.
Shizuoka that stole 27 bases in the Shizuoka Prefecture preliminary was a little conservative in their offense using more sacrifice bunts, particularly after their speed star Kora was tagged out in his attempt to steal the second base during the 4th inning. The second batter Oishi, however, finally utilized his speed during inning 7, and came home on Kishiyama’s single after stealing to second successfully.
The field condition was not perfect due to rain in the early morning and Shizuoka’s infielders had a hard time adjusting to the wet infield, making four errors while Seiryo did not make any errors.