|Pitching of Despair|
|Season 1, Episode 46|
|Air date||August 31, 2014|
|Written by||Takeshi Konuta|
|Directed by||Mitsuyuki Masuhara|
Pitching of Despair (Zetsubou o Yobu Toukyuu, 絶望を呼ぶ投球) is Episode 46 of the Diamond no Ace Anime series. The Episode follows the storyline from chapter 137 to 139 of the manga.
Narumiya's pitching disrupts Sakurazawa's defense and the semi-finals comes to a close with Inashiro's win. The Finals match-up is between Seidou and Inashiro.
Narumiya continue to show off his pitching prowess. His fastball and his change-up, gives Sakurazawa's batters a hard time and now wonder how they can take a hit off Narumiya. Their morale is affected and their defense suffer. Inashiro on the other hand, is getting used to Akira's knuckle ball, with Carlos successfully landing a hit. Shirakawa sees the distracted third baseman, and hits the ball straight through his legs.
Top of the fourth, Inashiro is gaining their momentum. The base runner quickly steals second and the next hit is another error from Sakurazawa. There are now runners on first and third with no outs. While Sakurazawa continue to make errors, Inashiro displays their immense strength. Inashiro wins with a score of 11-0.
After the game ends, Narumiya shouts to Akira and his team to go home with their heads held high for they only lost to the best team in the country that summer. Akira is astounded to hear this, but realizes why they lost.