Notes from practice game against Kinki University on August 27:
- The game took place in Ikoma, Nara.
- The university team was primarily made up of first- and second-year students.
- Kona Takahashi started the game and gave up three runs on five hits over 3.2 innings of work. He threw seventy-eight pitches, walked two, hit one, struck out four, and topped out at 149km/h.
- Kazuya Ojima relieved Takahashi and did not allow a run over 4.1 innings. He did give up three hits.
- With the bases loaded in the 8th, Ryoya Kurihara (catcher, batted seventh) recorded a three-run double. Kurihara has been named captain of the team.
- Kazuma Oakamoto (designated hitter, batted fourth) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
- Twenty-seven scouts from eleven NPB teams, including Hanshin and Rakuten, were at the game.
Samurai Japan announced on Tuesday that they added Meiji to their list of official partners. They are the fifth company to partner with Samurai Japan.
Source: official announcement