Girl: Aah, Ikki took the other side. // He's always had a weakness for baseball freaks, huh~~
Text: Staring at a fierce battle, a third pole!?
Title: Smokey B.B.
Girl: Hey... don't jump to conclusions while acting as a spectator from up here... // let's go downstairs.
Girl: Tora-chan, please settle this matter... // You're the captain, right!?
Tora: I don't...
Tora: (settle, huh?) feel like... leaving everything up to Kitazato.
Girl: The wind... huh? (As expected)(2)
Text: A chance for the sunken diamond......!!
Title: Smokey B.B / Author: Komiyama Kenta / Artist: Kawada Yuuya
Enjiro: ...the guy with the weird hair. // You... why!?
Title: Chapter 7 Snake VS Smoke
XXX: Ikki!! // Why the hell are you siding with that bastard!!
Ikki: I don't think he's a bad guy... // Actually, I think he's a baseball freak...(3)
Ikki: Don't misunderstand me, Haimura.
Ikki: I don't fully acknowledge you yet.
Ikki: Don't you guys want to know!? // Whether he's just a shithead...
Ikki: Or the savior of Benten who'll destroy the wall // between us and the Koshien tournament...?
XXX: Well, but...
Sakamaki: He he...
Sakamaki: I agree, I'd like to observe him a bit longer too.
XXX: Sakamaki-san! // Kitazato-san, what should we do!? (Well, well---!!)(4)
Kitazato: So, the fools got excited just thinking about the Koshien tournament!?
Kitazato: Haimura isn't that much of a gem.
Kitazato: Fine, I'll knock you down myself, // Haimura.
Enjiro: Get in position already. // I'll feed you a nice throw. (Hurry up.)
Hayata: Enjiro... be careful! // I don't believe he's a great pitcher, but // as a batter...(5)
Hayata: This atmosphere is // dangerous!!
Enjiro: Come to think of it, I haven't thanked you yet.
Ikki: Just call me Iiki.
Enjiro: Thanks, Ikki-senpai. // Because of you(6)
Enjiro: I can give him a taste of all courses!!
Hayata: For the time being, Ikki-san is filling up the huge space between the shortstop and the third base. // Like this, Enjiro has more leeway in the courses of his throw.
Ikki: Hey, I don't mind if you're throwing it to both sides now, but
Ikki: I'd... like some time to prepare. (I want to do a good job.)
Enjiro: No need to... I already really appreciate you're here at all... // so just closely watch the outcome of the match from there!!
Ikki: Hmm... a special seat, huh!! (Oh, well.)
Kitazato: Sure enough, he's great...(8)
Kitazato: But... // he's not better than I expected.
Kitazato: We were knocked about by the monsters of Kanagawa's demon. // More than you, we've seen straight balls until we got sick of it!![T/N: straight balls = a fast ball, a direct (fast) throw over the plate.]
Kitazato: We got a taste of the wall that I couldn't overcome as a pitcher... // and the enormous gap in power between our teams until we got sick of it.
Kitazato: The "Koshien"...
[T/N: ball = any pitch that comes outside of the strike zone, unless the batter swings at said pitch, then it's a strike.]
Kitazato: Our dream... was forgotten at some point of time.
Kitazato: Before we knew it, // we aimed for a smaller goal. (9)
Kitazato: I wish to end my last summer... standing on the pitching mound... // That's all! I don't care whether it's Benten victory or loss.
Kitazato: I don't care about what happens to them!!
XXX: Nice!! You can see it!!
Kitazato: You cannot change Benten!! // Even you can't safe Benten!!
Kitazato: you'll leave that mound to me, Haimura!!
XXX: Amazing... (both of them)(11)
XXX: This... who'll win!?
Sakamaki: If I knew that, // we didn't have to play baseball, idiot!!
Sakamaki: But... it's been a while since I last saw that face. // His batting style.
Sakamaki: Kitazato has // an unique C-zone!!
[T/N: C-zone = Cut-zone // Cut = to deliberately foul off a pitch.](12)
XXX: An unique C-zone!?
Sakamaki: He will hit a foul ball on purpose, // except when it's a risky course or a course he likes. // Cut-zone.
Sakamaki: But, having a technique to deliberately foul off a pitch is really important. // Because even if you're driven into a corner, you can retry as many times as you want... // You just wait for the right throw... // and make sure to hit it perfectly... (Aah, Ibata. Hit already!!)
TV: Foul. // Foul. // Foul. // Foul.
Sakamaki: He's a snake. // He'll catch Haimura at some point.
Hayata: This reminds me of the words some sports player once said... // "A sport isn't something that completes your personality..."(13)
Hayata: "It's something... // that will reveal your personality."(14)
Kitazato: Is that all you've got, Haimura... // The fielding time in 9out is already long enough as it is.[T/N: fielding = defense.]
Kitazato: It's the same with a boxer, when one round takes 9 minutes. // You lost your concentration long ago already. // It's clear that you are talented, but...
Kitazato: You're not as good as I thought!! // I know monsters who exceeded expectations // like those of us going to the Koshien tournament!!
Enjiro: Damn, that Komado. // How is Benten a middle-ranking private school?
Kitazato: They are a wall you can't overcome, no matter what you try...
Enjiro: I want to see.
Enjiro: I want to try.
Enjiro: I want to continue // playing high school baseball!!(16)
Sakamaki: The end of the plate...
Sakamaki: Wait, Kitazato!! // That's a smokey form......(17)
Sakamaki: It's Close Fire!!!(18)
Sakamaki: He penetrated Kitazato's zone. // At a great velocity and angle... // that's Close Fire.
Ikki: The gear... // is still going up! // You!(19)
Kitazato: This guy...
Komado: Strike, batter out!!
Kitazato: He's better... than I expected.
Text: Exceeding his own chain and the expectations of others...!!
Smokey B.B. Chapter 7 / End