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Wakabayashi Gō
Wakabayashi
Ouya High School- No. 1
Pitcher
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Kanji 若林豪
Characteristics
Gender Male
Age 16 (debut)

17 [1])

Date of birth 18 October
Place of birth Saitama Prefecture
Bloodtype AB
Height 173 cm (5' 8")
Weight 59 kg (130 lbs)
Status
Education 2nd Year High School (debut)

3rd Year High School [2]

First Appearance
Anime S2 - Episode 15
Cast
Voice Actor Masuda Toshiki
We'll use any means necessary to win, be it bluff or a stopgap weapon. Even if I have to die, I absolutely don't want to lose to the baseball gorillas from private schools who train like crazy all year round!
Wakabayashi in Stopgap Weapon[3]

Wakabayashi Gou is a student of Ouya Metropolitan High School and the ace of Ouya High's baseball team.

CharacterEdit

Wakabayashi considers himself a "scholar athlete" and is the type that hates prestigious baseball schools such as Seidou High. He believes that even though he and his teammates don't go to a big baseball school, it doesn't mean that they love baseball any less than them.

HistoryEdit

Wakabayashi saw Ouya Metropolitan High School competing at Koshien on television six years prior to the start of the series. He admired the fact that they could compete at that stage despite not being a well known baseball school. It was then that he decided he would attend Ouya.[4]

Act IEdit

Fall TournamentEdit

During the third round match of the tournament, Wakabayashi watches Seidou's match against Ugumori High School with teammate, Kasuga Hiro. When Seidou wins the match, Wakabayashi vows to defeat the powerhouse in the quarterfinals.[5]

In preparion for their upcoming match against Seidou High, Wakabayashi practices at the bullpen where he throws a shootball and then a sinker, in order to raise their chances of winning.[6]

QuarterfinalsEdit

At game time, Haruichi at-bat, Wakabayashi throws a couple of forkballs but the freshman doesn't swing. Hence, he uses his shootball which results to a grounder to third and the third out. In the bottom of the first, when Sawamura doesn't execute the changeup well, many simply laughs at the pitcher but Wakabayashi realizes that Sawamura is actually trying a new pitch.[7] Ouya High then plays clever scoring their first run, and then a second run with Yamazato's RBI.

At the top of the fourth, Ouya still up by two runs, Wakabayashi faces Miyuki. When the count reaches 2-2, Wakabayashi changes his form to throw the sinker catching Miyuki off guard. Miyuki makes contract with the ball but bounces to Wakabayashi's glove. Top of the fifth, Seidou takes back a run with an RBI from Asou.[8]

Top of the sixth, Kuramochi and Shirashu both hit and gets on base. The infielder gather on the mound. Wakabayashi tells them somethings not right, like Seidou knows his habits. Nonetheless, he tells his teammates to be ready as facing the cleanups is the critical moment. Haruichi hits an RBI that ties the game, and Wakabashi starts figuring out what's wrong. Wakabayshi walks Miyuki but Maezono hits another RBI, giving Seidou the lead. Araki realizes what's going on and makes adjustments. Ouya then pulls off a 1-2-3 double play. After the third out, Wakabayashi thanks Araki for figuring things out otherwise, he would've panicked.[9] In the bottom of the inning, Sawamura succesfully executes the changeup flustering Wakabayashi's teammates. Wakabayashi dispels their worrries saying it might have been a fluke because he himself has been trying things out.

At the top of the eighth, Wakabayashi gives up two runs and one more the next inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Ouya couldn't score off Sawamura and hence, loses the match. Wakabayashi is frustrated with the loss not wanting to hear that they played well when they just weren't good enough. He goes on to Araki and tells his coach that he wasn't good enough but knows he must improve.[4]

SkillsEdit

Pitching: Wakabayashi's pitching style centers around the forkball with his compact pitching delivery resembling more that of an outfielder rather than a pitcher's. He would spends his time closely study the opponent team to try come up with counter strategy with his pitching. He would even resort to utilize pitches he has not mastered or change his pitching delivery exclusively so that he can throw the sinker and use it as a surprise tactic.

Pitcher's DataEdit

This data is based on the official guidebook, it will only be changed if there is an official update!

Pitcher's data
Note that just because a character said something about another characters improvements is not considered an official update!
You are free to write about the characters improvements in the Skills section above!
Speed
 
3/5
Control
 
4/5
Stamina
 
2/5
Forkball
 
4/5
Shuuto
 
4/5
Sinker
 
2/5

Player StatisticsEdit

This data is based on the official guidebook, it will only be changed if there is an official update!

Player Statistics
Note that just because a character said something about another characters improvements is not considered an official update!
You are free to write about the characters improvements in the Skills section above!
Defense
 
3/5
Shoulder
 
2/5
Running
 
2/5
Physical Strength
 
2/5
Mental Strength
 
4/5
Batting
 
1/5
Contact
 
2/5
Power
 
1/5

TriviaEdit

  • Has respect for: Miyamoto Shigeru [10]
  • Hobby: Pikmin and Pokemon [10]
  • Rankings from the guidebook: [10]
    • His Pitch control ranks fifth.

QuotesEdit

  • "The result is so predictable that it's plain boring. Just you wait, shitty prestigious powerhouse. I'll strip you naked and take everything from you."

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Act I - Chapter 316
  2. Act I - Chapter 412
  3. Act I - Chapter 299
  4. 4.0 4.1 S2 - Episode 25
  5. S2 - Episode 19
  6. S2 - Episode 21
  7. S2 - Episode 22
  8. S2 - Episode 23
  9. S2 - Episode 24
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Official Guide Book - Omote

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