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Chapter 45: Looks don’t really matter
[insert]: We’re so close to glory…
Take things step by step!
7: Tachibana Tou
2: Tachibana Sou
I never saw this coming.
You sure didn’t.
I figured we’d go as far as Touma’s arm could take us,
while I spent the games scrutinizing the team’s issues.
I never thought to think of anything bigger than that.
You sure didn’t.
Now look at us. Here we are,
/ all the way in the top 8!
Yes, look at us. We’ve had Touma-kun, our freshman ace, pitch four games straight.
I told you, I never saw this coming!
I didn’t even dream we’d make it this far.
Excellent eyes from Ogi, the second at-bat.
It’s Takeshita on the plate for Meisei Academy, his first start in his first appearance,
/ and he’s let a quick-footed runner onto first with only one out!
The probability of us facing off against Meisei Academy in the finals is no longer zero…
But at the same time, it’s loads more likely they get taken out here and now.
Ogi’s taken a big lead off the plate.
He leads his team in stolen bases this tourney!
They have no respect for you, Takeshita-san.
He tries to pick off the runner!
His slide step and his pick-off attempt both aren’t up to par.
Not the sorta pitcher you field in the quarters.
I’m sorry, did you say something?
We barely survived that inning.
Today, I’ve put our best batters at the top of the order.
[background]: Tachibana Tou
There’s no predicting how many runs we give up this game,
/ so we have to score every chance we get!
Meisei’s first batter today is Tachibana Touma, playing left field—
He gets a booming knock on the first pitch, but sends it straight to the center fielder!
On the mound for Kaiou West is Karashima, an underhand pitcher in his second start.
He’s thrown nine innings this tourney, including in relief, with only one earned run against him.
/ Unbelievable consistent performance from the young man.
Murotani swings and hits the third pitch,
/ but it’s a grounder to short. Two outs!
I can’t stand his form or his looks.
You know looks don’t really matter…
The ball shoots the gap between first and second!
He’s fielded it!
A quick relay to first!
And he’s out!
Guess that’s not gonna work on any teams that makes it to the top 8.
Besides us, anyways.
[board]: Kai / Mei
Did you know Tou-chan wasn’t going to throw at today’s game?
/ Ooyama called me yesterday to say.
That old manager, he must be satisfied with just making it to the top 8.
You got it all wrong,
Who might you be?
Someone entrusted with a message from your boss.
She said, “Please stop telling such obviously transparent lies. They’re pathetic.
/ “Also, the afternoon meeting has been pushed back to 3. You owe me.”
/ We got the call as I was leaving home.
Why would she call our home number?!
Probably because a certain someone turned off his cell.
Takeshita’s making things hard for them, what with those pitches of his.
It seems like they’re struggling to time their swings.
After all, Kaiou West has made it this far batting against fastball pitchers throwing at over 140km/hr.
Of course, they expected they’d face the same sort of pitcher today in Touma-kun, and practiced accordingly. Now here we are.
So far so good.
/ they’re an offense-based team at heart.
Once their eyes adjust, we’re in trouble.
I know that.
I’ll spend today showing off how good I am…
/ at knowing when to switch in my three senior relievers.
It’s the bottom of the second, and first at the plate is Meisei Academy’s fourth batter, the first baseman, Imagawa…
/ could you take these bags up to your brother’s room?
You know how angry he gets if I go in there.
I’ll tell him I brought the bags in,
so please. They’re blocking the street.
To Akai Tomohito,
Toushuu High School’s Baseball Club
If he lets one pitch go a bit wild, they’re hard enough that we can do something huge.
But instead, it’s just one low ball after another.
That face and that form are still pissing me off.
And looks still don’t matter one bit!
See? I told you.
Looks don’t really matter.
[board]: Kai / Mei