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[8/17/2015] 97th Summer Koshien: Kiyomiya’s post-game interview

by on Aug.17, 2015 @ 4:35 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien

Kotaro Kiyomiya's post-game interview from August 17:

Nikkan Sports -

What are your thoughts on making it to the semifinals?

We played a tough team so I wanted to focus on winning this game. I'm relieved we were able to win.

They pitched you inside during your first at bat.

I know teams are going to come inside on me. I feel I did a good job handling [the pitches].

You got hurt during your first at bat.

I was jammed with a pitch that came inside near the handle. I hurt the area near the base of my left thumb. I got it taped. It's not like there wasn't any pain, but I feel it let me swing more freely.

You hit a home run on the first pitch you saw during your second at bat.

I wasn't really looking for the first pitch, but I got a good one and it flew out to a good place.

Your first home run was fly ball. The one you hit today was a line drive.

I tend to hit home runs like today. It was a little toward the end [of the bat], but I felt I got all of it the moment I hit it.

It was an inside pitch.

Inside pitches carry if I hit them. If I can gauge [those pitches], then it opens up a lot of options.

Your slowly rounded the bases.

I was a little anxious when I hit the first one and it never really sunk it. I took my time today and got a chance to slowly enjoy.

A student from Tokyo retrieved the home run.

He came all the way from Tokyo? It's far away. I'm glad.

You hit a double to left-center during your fourth at bat.

I think I did a good job reacting to the pitch. I swung the bat naturally.

You need two more wins to take home the tournament.

It is a dream to win the tournament, but our team is about taking each win one at a time and not getting ahead of ourselves.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2015

Daily Sports -

I really felt relaxed at the plate today. I saw the pitches well. We scored first and the mood in the dugout was really positive.

How is your injury?

A pitch came inside and I hurt the area near the base of my thumb. I felt they were going to continue pitching me inside. I got it taped and everything was okay. It ended up working out because I let me relax. I felt pain when I swung the bat, but the adrenaline when I stepped into the batter's box helped me forget it.

Your home run and RBI pushed you above Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Hideki Matsui in their first years.

Both Kiyohara and Matsui did well after their first years. I'm still not even close to those greats. Plus, RBIs aren't just about my performance.

How did it feel when you rounded the bases?

I felt anxious after the first home run and it really never sunk it, but I felt good after the home run I hit today.

The semifinals are next.

Winning the tournament is a dream, but the team is about playing one game at a time. I want to play without thinking too far ahead in the future.

Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2015

Date Opponent AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2015/08/08 Imabari Nishi 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
2015/08/13 Hiroshima Shinjo 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
2015/08/15 Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Kofu 4 1 3 2 0 1 5 0 0
2015/08/17 Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzuoku 4 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 0
    16 5 8 3 0 2 8 0 1

Kiyomiya joined Masumi Kuwata (1983) as the only first-year players to hit two home runs during a summer tournament. Kiyomiya is the first to hit the home runs in back-to-back games. He also tied Kuwata's summer tournament first-year player RBI record.

Source: Nikkan Gendai 8/17/2015