Japanese high schools duel in 50-inning marathon affair

Aug 31, 2014, 3:50 PM | Updated: 3:50 pm
Follow @AZSports...

Four days, 50 innings, two pitchers and a combined 1,398 pitches.

It was the marathon affair of all marathon affairs, and it happened this week in the semifinal of Japan’s 59th National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament — played in Akashi, Hyōgo Prefecture.

Winning pitcher Taiga Matsui of Gifu Prefecture’s Chukyo High School tossed a complete-game, allowing no earned runs on 709 pitches in a 3-0 victory.

“This game was the physically hardest ever for me,” Matsui told The Akashi Shinbun. “But I showed my (fighting) spirit. As my teammates scored three runs (in the 50th inning), I was able to throw in a relaxed manner in the bottom of the inning. Ishioka was a good rival for me.”

Arguably more impressive is that following its win over Sotoku High School, Chukyo had to come back out that same afternoon to play Miura Gakuen High School in the championship — a game it would win 2-0.

And somehow Matsui came on in relief in the fourth inning and finished the final few innings off for the victory.

Penguin Air


(Twitter photo / Connor Witt)...
Haboob Blog

Fan finds way to customize a new Kevin Durant Suns jersey

One fan already has their own customized Kevin Durant Phoenix Suns jersey after the news the former MVP requested a trade was reported.
1 day ago
Devin Booker #1 and Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns celebrates against the Milwaukee Bucks du...
Haboob Blog

Chris Paul teases Mikal Bridges for ‘trash’ showing at charity softball game

Suns' Chris Paul joked after winning JaVale McGee’s Water For Life Charity Softball Game MVP award that Mikal Bridges was the weakest link.
8 days ago
Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the NBA Championship Trophy during t...
Haboob Blog

Warriors’ Klay Thompson trips, runs over fan during championship parade

Warriors guard Klay Thompson gave social media plenty of laughs on Monday before and during his team's championship parade in the Bay Area.
11 days ago
Grayson Murray of the United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the third round of th...
Haboob Blog

Pro golfer Grayson Murray steals show at U.S. Open with meltdown

Pro golfer Grayson Murray was having a tough go of it Sunday morning at the 122nd U.S. Open. Just ask his golf clubs.
11 days ago
(Twitter photo: @utahjazz)...
Haboob Blog

Social reactions: Utah Jazz reveal new jerseys, rebrand ahead of 2022 season

The Utah Jazz revealed four new jerseys on Friday featuring a classic look but a rebrand that fans and Twitter had plenty fun with.
13 days ago
MJ Daffue, of South Africa, hits on the eighth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf t...
Haboob Blog

M.J. Daffue pulls off shot on hospitality deck at 2022 U.S. Open

When you see a window, sometimes you just have to take it. Even if it's on the hospitality deck at the 2022 U.S. Open.
14 days ago
Japanese high schools duel in 50-inning marathon affair