Shohei Ohtani & Shintaro Fujinami / What was the result of his high school fight?

大谷翔平 藤浪晋太郎

Shohei Ohtani & Shintaro Fujinami

In this article, I would like to introduce a famous game between Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels and Shintaro Fujinami, a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, in their high school days!

Although they now play against each other on the world’s greatest stage, the MLB, they were the same age and had played against each other in high school.

Shohei Ohtani & Shintaro Fujinami’s matchup at Koshien

The two faced each other on March 21, 2012, in a single game at Koshien between Hanamaki-Higashi High School (Iwate) and Osaka Toin High School (Osaka).

The result was a 9-2 win for Shintaro Fujinami for Osaka Toin, completing their matchup at Koshien.

In a matchup that attracted the attention of professional scouts, Otani (193 cm tall) and Fujinami (197 cm tall), Fujinami pitched a complete game to win.

Otani struck out 11, but gave up 11 walks and gave up 11 strikeouts in a matchup in which he was in poor condition and not in his best form.

Shintaro Fujinami went on to win the next game and the tournament championship.

Shohei Ohtani’s High School Years

Ohtani describes his dormitory life in high school as a good environment and a catalyst for his personal growth. From the restricted lifestyle and recreation, he learned the importance of thinking about the right behavior and gained experience from mentors other than his parents for the first time.

He took to heart the words of his director, Hiroshi Sasaki: “Preconceived notions make the possible impossible possible.

After joining the club, I followed coach Sasaki’s policy and was used as a fielder, slowly progressing through the stages of development.

In the spring of his sophomore year, he hit a fastest speed of 151 km/h and was dubbed the “Darvish of Michinoku.

However, in the first game of the 93rd National High School Baseball Championship Tournament, he started as a right fielder due to injury, but took the mound in the middle of the 4th inning and recorded his fastest pitch at 150 km/h.

In his third year, he was expected to play in the Koshien Tournament. He pitched well against Shintaro Fujinami in the National Invitational High School Baseball Tournament, but lost the game. In the summer tournament, he hit 160 km/h for the first time in his career, but was eliminated in the final game and was unable to participate in the final national high school championship game.

His total record at Koshien was 3.77 in 14 appearances with a 3.77 earned run average and 16 strikeouts. As a fielder, he batted .333 with one home run in two games.

Shintaro Fujinami’s High School Years

After entering Osaka Toin High School, Fujinami was benched in the summer of his freshman year and became the ace in the spring of his sophomore year, becoming the first player in history to reach 150 km/h or higher in all five games of the spring tournament in his junior year.

In the summer of the same year, he won the semifinals and the final of the Koshien Tournament by pitching a complete game, allowing two hits on two consecutive days, becoming the seventh school in history to win consecutive spring and summer championships. His total record at Koshien was 76 innings pitched with a 1.07 earned-run average and 90 strikeouts.

He also won the National Athletic Meet, becoming the third school in history to win the “High School Triple Crown. In high school, he was known as the “Darvish of Naniwa


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