The High School National Baseball Team (Team Japan) played a practice game against Kanto Gakuin University on Friday and was defeated 3-2.
Team Japan scored the first run of the game in the 7th inning when lead-off batter Kazuya Miyauchi hit an RBI single to left with runners on first and third and and 1 out. They tacked on another run in the top of the 9th before losing the game in the bottom of the 9th when Ryuya Matsumoto gave up 3 runs on 3 walks and 2 extra base hits.
Shuhei Takahashi went 0-for-4 in the game.
6 pitches, including Yoshinao Kamata (starter, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R)and Kentaro Yoshinaga (pitched in the 6th), combined to toss 8 shutout innings.
This was the last practice game Team Japan will play before the start of the BFA AAA Asia Championship.