As the subtitle implies this episode was about our heroines’ 4th practice game. This was also the last game before preparing for an upcoming Summer tournament. Would 4th time be the charm?
We began the episode with a recap of Yoshino’s pep talk to Nozomi asking her to be the “cleanup” at the start of the next game.
Thanks to the pep talk Nozomi got a hit so strong it bounced off the first base girl’s glove giving her her first ever RBI for a 2 Run score. Nozomi’s curse had been lifted.
A highlight was Yomi at bat. She’s a great pitcher but poor batter, possibly one of the worst on the team. Ryo was on third base so Yoshino called for a squeeze play. This is a sacrificial bunt intended to distract the catcher long enough for the runner on third base to make it Home. Unfortunately the ball bounced upward for a quick and easy Out.
One thing of note about the opposing team. Our heroines scored 6 runs in the Top 1st inning because it took a while for the pitcher to find her groove. Once she did however it was like facing a nearly impenetrable wall. While the opposing team only managed to score 2 runs for half of the game Team TamaYomi didn’t score another run since.
Back to our heroines. Yomi was itching to use her Magic Pitch but Tama was like “focus on your other pitches for now”. Reasoning being that no matter how good a pitcher’s signature pitch is at some point the enemy batters will find a way to counter it so it’s best not to rely on it.
Although most batters hit Yomi’s pitches the majority of them were easy for her teammates to intercept. They assured her it was all good, especially because it gave them more chances to play rather than stand around.
Another highlight was Tama studying the “wall” pitcher’s pattern getting a pretty good Hit. Thanks to that Nozomi followed it up with another RBI.
Next highlight. Yomi’s birthday was coming up. She thought maybe the team played as well as they did to show their appreciation for her but brushed it off. Tama surprised her by remembering it.
Love power helped Yomi throw the last three pitches, the last one being her Magic Pitch of course, to wrap it up.
The rest of the episode was cute so no need to go over it. Yet another good episode. Join me next time as we will most likely check out the first game of the Summer tournament or the buildup to it.