The Japanese team defeated the Australian team 10:0 in the 8th inning in the Asian Professional Baseball Championship today. Fujiwara Kyōdai’s 3 hits and 2 RBIs were the most outstanding. Four pitchers led by Hayakawa Takahisa teamed up to complete the game and advanced with 3 consecutive victories. Tomorrow’s championship match will be against the winner of tonight’s battle between China and South Korea.
Hayakawa Takahisa completely suppressed the Australian team today. Although he only pitched 5 innings before leaving the game, he did not allow anyone to get on base in the middle. He eliminated 15 people in a row with 63 pitches, struck out 7 times and did not walk. Among the 3 people who caught the ball, Sato was the only one. Hayasuke had one hit.
On the other hand, the Australian team was beaten by 13 hits, and the Japanese team scored in the first inning with a hit by Kaito Ozono. Nakamasa’s triple in the 3rd inning had 2 RBIs, and then in the 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th inning. In scoring, Kyōdai Fujiwara had two RBIs on a hit with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.
Japanese team supervisor Hirokazu Ibata first praised Hayakawa Takahisa for his good pitching today. Regarding tomorrow’s championship game, he said that he will mobilize all his strength for an overall battle. “For professional baseball players, this is the last game of the year. I hope to have a good game.” At the end, we dedicate the victory to the fans.”