Box: From then on Enjiro didn’t allow Hotei to score another run, but // without a chance to catch up…
XXX: Bow!! // Thank you!!
Box: Benten suffered a defeat.
Title: Last inning Benten’s Baseball Club
Author: Komiyama Kenta // Manga: Kawada Yuuya(2)
Enjiro: I’ll show those bastards of Hotei, in the summer tournament I’ll beat them up!!
Ikki: Yeah, that’s right. Next time we won’t lose!! If you look at the score after you started pitching, we would’ve won! // To be honest, the opening mistakes really hurt.
Enjiro: Indeed!! You thought so too, huh? A certain someone made a lot of mistakes, huh? // Who was it again!? Ki!? Kita!? // Together!!
Tora: How strange…
Tora: Even thought we lost again(3)
Tora: the atmosphere is totally different.
Tora: No matter how hard I tried, it is something I was never able to do. // It makes me think…
Tora: As the ace // you’re the hope of the team…(4)
Sign: Hotei High Baseball club clubroom
Tora: Next time we won’t lose, Mikami!!
Mikami: Really, to be beaten by a first year student…
Mikami: Train him well, Toratani…
Mikami: His improvements will become the gap in strength between Benten and Hotei… // I also forgot about a lot of things.
XXX: (You’ll play in the Kantou tournament!!)
Mikami: Because such a extraordinary guy showed up…(5)
Mikami: Baseball is really interesting!!
Mikami: Let’s meet at the summer tournament, Haimura Enjiro!
Komado: I need to talk to you!!(6)
Enjiro: Speaking of talking, I somehow felt like you’ve been trying to avoid us lately!? // You didn’t come to talk to us at all…
Hayata: That’s right, Komado-chan. What wrong!?
Komado: …I // I lied to you about something!!
Komado: You remember, right!! I said we’d be able to save Benten by selling its name, if you won the Koshien. // It’s actually not about Benten’s publicity… // We really want to have the 40 billion yen prize money.
Hayata: Prize money!? …what!?
Komado: ………well… // It all started when this guy
Komado: made a “huge prize money” bet on the Koshien.(7)
Komado: Have you heard about Seou Kotobuki!?
Hayata: I don’t really know him, but I saw his name in Forbes… he’s some rich person, right!? // He’s the man who’s said to be Japan’s second face…T/N: Forbes = an American business magazine
Komado: Moreover, he totally loves high school baseball and even owned his own school. // His “Jusaikan’… is really famous, right!?
Komado: After Jusaikan, he founded more than 20 schools around the nation. // Most of these have very powerful baseball players. // To be honest, Benten and Hotei were also founded by him. (8)
Chairman: It happened 6 months ago…
Chairman: A strange letter arrived at Benten. // It was sent by Seou Kotobuki. // To put it simple, this is what it said.
Chairman: To the winner of next year’s Koshien tournament // I will award my fortune of 40 billion yen. // That was written in the letter. (9)
Hayata: So, that’s ridiculous talk was…
Hayata: How much profit will the school make by winning the Koshien Tournament!?
Komado: 40 billion yen.
Enjiro: Is he crazy, that old man!? // I can’t help but think half of his mind already passed the Sanzu river.T/N: Sanzu river = the river between life and death
Komado: Well, I guess you’re somewhat right about that.
Komado: Seou suffers from a incurable disease and it seems that his days are numbered. // It’s possible he wanted to see how the schools all over the nation // that once shared his blood to face-off at the Koshien… // Well, I don’t know about his real intentions, but…
Chairman: I’m sorry, Haimura-kun… no matter what, there is no other way out for Benten. // We can only take Seou’s ship right now.(10)
Enjiro: But why did you keep it a secret until now!?
Chairman: I had at least to keep in a secret until you formally entered. // Because I was afraid another school would seize you, as you’re a talented person
Enjiro: I see… playing the perfect educator, huh?
Komado: I’m really sorry. // Do you hate me now!?
Komado: Do you regret // coming to Benten!?
Enjiro: No, I’m grateful. // Seriously, I’m not being sarcastic.
Enjiro: I don’t know how many baseball clubs exist in this world, but… // I’m pretty sure about this.(12)
Enjiro: Benten is // my baseball club!! // So, I have no regrets.(13)
Hayata: Well, it’s not like any other club than Benten would have ever accepted someone like you. (The result is pretty good.)
Enjiro: Hey, Hayata! I know where you live!!
Enjiro: Ah, that’s right. There’s a little something, old man.
Enjiro: My contract, // can I change it a little!?
Sign: 100th National High School Baseball Commemorative Kanagawa Tournament(14)
Enjiro: Benten has a debt of a few billion yen, right!? // If that old man Seou really bet his full fortune of 40 billion yen, // you’ll be left with a lot of change, right!? // Will all of that disappear in your pockets!?
Chairman: Are you saying you want to increase your reward!?(15)
Enjiro: No. // No matter what sport… // Kids who cannot continue to play due to various reasons.
Enjiro: I think there are a lot of them… // After you’ve saved Benten, please use the rest of the money
Enjiro: to help… these kids. // How you do it, well…
Chairman: I understand, I’ll think of a way!! // I promise.
Komado: Thank you… Enjiro!
Enjiro: No… I haven’t (Are you crying?)(16)
Enjiro: done anything yet!!(17)
Enjiro: Hey, I’m coming in.
Sign: manage room
Enjiro: Ah, our shitty manager really fell asleep.
Enjiro: Even though it’s our last summer together.(19)
Enjiro: Hey, Hayata. Did they erect that bronze statue of me already at Benten!?
Text: A fulfilled dream… and from there on!!
Hayata: Hm!? I don’t think they ever will.
Smokey B.B. Last inning / End
If you didn't notice yet, this is the last chapter/ end of the series.
Hope you enjoyed it!