The 18U Samurai Japan team played a practice game against Rikkyo University on August 26 and lost 6-2.
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Shoma Fujihira got the start for Samurai Japan and gave up five runs on six hits over three innings of work. He topped out at 146km/h and struck out six. Fujihira gave up a two-run home run in the first inning. The three runs in the third inning came on a triple, sac fly, and double. Koya Takahashi relieved Fujihira in the fourth inning and tossed three shutout innings while allowing two hits. He stopped out at 149km/h and struck out five. Takaaki Shima pitched the final two innings and gave up a run on three hits.
Taiga Matsuo started at third and batted lead-off. He drove in both of Samurai Japan’s runs in the top of the fifth with a double to left-center with runners on second and third and two out.