After finally getting their opponents to notice them, Yoshino attempts to tighten the screw. Their pitcher is getting flustered and having Ibuki mimic her throw hasn’t helped, but that could create just the opening they need.
With Ibuki up to bat, the opposing pitcher had a moment of madness and managed to hit Ibuki giving her the chance to walk to first. That was the opening they were waiting for. Yoshino decides to hit out and Nozomi follows up with a nice hit to get some runners home. Amazingly, they make it all the way through the batting order and that means Yomi is up again. She joins the party and swings. Surprisingly, she makes contact and sends the ball into the middle of the field. It lands just out of reach of one of the catchers and that’s enough to end the game with the team scoring seven runs in the innings. With their first win under their belts, they head home to begin preparations for the big game against the favourites.
What did you think?
Any team that doesn’t take their opponents seriously doesn’t deserve to progress and I’m glad that was the case. Of course, with the tone of this series, it was never really in doubt. It was nice to see that there was a tactical element to the game and that Yoshino was once more pulling the strings. I’m looking forward to seeing the next game as this should really show if they’ve made any progress as a team. They appear to have really upped the ante with Yomi being a bit of a baby and that’s a little annoying. I preferred her at the beginning of the season when she was excited and optimistic. Hopefully, that won’t become a regular thing for the remaining episodes.
What have you learnt?
The upcoming game is obviously going to be the main event of this series and while they’ve talked a lot about Ryoyukan being a powerhouse, but it would have been nice to establish some sort of rivalry earlier in the series. Maybe it’s not the vibe they are going for, but they really haven’t done much with the opponents to flesh them out or even make them feel like actual characters. I feel like we’re about to go into a three-episode final match and I hope that’s the case. As much as I’d like to get this series over with, I think it needs to end with something big and probably a couple of cliffhangers, but again, that doesn’t fit with what we’ve seen so far, so who knows what will happen. They’ll probably win Nationals in next two episodes and then spend the final episode hanging out.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – A Fated Reunion
- Episode 2 – Let’s Play Ball Together
- Episode 3 – Take Me With You
- Episode 4 – Pitch of Promise
- Episode 5 – Losing Streak
- Episode 6 – With Hearts Full of Hope
- Episode 7 – Night Sky After Rain
- Episode 8 – From Zero
- Episode 9 – Change the Tide
- Episode 10 – Show ‘Em What We’ve Got
- Episode 11 – This is Nationals Level
- Episode 12 – Pitch Without Regret