|Season 1, Episode 38|
|Air date||July 06, 2014|
|Written by||Takeshi Konuta|
|Directed by||Mitsuyuki Masuhara|
Expectations of an Ace
Yuuki hits a homerun off Sanada putting Seidou's lead up by two. On top of the eighth, Yakushi takes back one run with the combined efforts of their freshmen batters. After the fourth and fifth batters, Yakushi's got runners on first and third. In the moment that may turn the game around, Sanada is up at-bat, and Kataoka makes a move, switching Kawakami with Tanba.
Bottom of the sixth, Yuuki hits a long ball to left field, putting Seidou up by two runs again. Chris deduce that Sanada probably has endurance problems making him unable to start in games. Yakushi's players show concern to Sanada, but Sanada is quick to ease their worries with his optimism. Sawamura observe Sanada, remembering what Chris had told him about handling things after a homerun.
It is revealed that Sanada has injured his left calf last spring, that has not yet fully healed. Despite this, he gives his best for the team and Raizou knows how big his existence is to Yakushi. Raizou tell his players to turn the game around in the eighth. Top of the eighth, Raichi gets walked by Kawakami. The next batter, Akiba shows to bunt, but Raichi try to steal a base, and Akiba moves back to hit. The ball moves and the batter misses, but Miyuki is just a little too slow getting the ball to second. Raichi just barely makes it to second. Akiba pulled the third pitch by force and Raichi advance to third.
Third batter is Mishima. One out, and a runner on third. Sawamura’s normal enthusiasm is back and cheers Kawakami on. The first two pitches go foul and quickly the batter’s cornered. Miyuki calls a slider low, but Mishima hit an RBI to the center field. Raichi goes in and Seidou’s only up one now with the cleanup hitter and captain up to bat. He hits the first pitch and Isashiki dives for the long ball but is just a little late to pick off the batter at first.
The five hole batter gets a ball past first base into shallow right field and Mishima advances to third. Two outs and runners on first and third, batting sixth is Sanada. Knowing that this could be the turning point of the game, Kataoka calls for a pitcher substitution.