391 Pitches in Two Games and Four Days

The Koshien spring high school tournament is in full swing and it appears Tomohiro Anraku a sophmore at Saibi High is the high school pitching sensation this year.  In his first game he threw 232 pitchers in Saibi High’s 4-3 13 inning victory over Koryo High.  The opposing pitcher for Koryo High also threw all 13 innings tossing 219 pitches.  Anraku had a shutout and 3-0 lead until the ninth when he gave up a 2-run triple to Kojiro Kawase.  The box score for the game can be found here: http://yakyubaka.com/2013/03/26/85th-spring-koshien-day-5/

After a three day rest Anraku was again the starting pitcher for Saibi against Seiseiko and threw 159 pitches in a complete game 4-1 win.  Again, his counterpart Kotaro Otake worked all nine innings in the loss, throwing 135 pitches.  Saibi rallied for three runs in the eighth to pull out the victory.  Anraku did not give up a hit after the fifth inning, retiring 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced.  Otake had thrown a 2-0 105 pitch complete game shutout his previous game.  You can read the box score for that game here: http://yakyubaka.com/2013/03/30/85th-spring-koshien-day-9/

Anraku is worth note because as a sophmore he can get his fastball at 94 miles per hour.  That is excellent velocity for a sophmore in high school.  You can read an article about his exploits from Baseball America here: http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/after-232-pitch-outing-16-year-old-tomohiro-anraku-allows-one-run-in-complete-game/

The next game for Saibi is a quarterfinal game for Monday.  Anraku is the expected starter after a day of resting up the arm.  They will be playing Kenritsu, who has used Ryoji Fujita in both their games, 275 pitches, seven runs and two complete games.

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