H2 manga volume 3
Later Hiro and Noda were talking to Yanagi about why his father wouldn't let him play baseball any more. Yanagi said that there was a high school called Sousei that lost 30-0 in the Koushien ten years ago. It used to be a famous school for studying and they were proud of it. But because of the great defeat, people only talked about the loss and not about its great scholastic ability. Yanagi's father had graduated from Sousei. So it was taboo to talk about high school baseball in his house.
Then Yanagi asked about Hiro and Noda meeting his father. Yanagi's father was the principal of Senkawa High School.
Later during the baseball club's practice, Hiro and Noda were thinking about how to change Yanagi principal's mind. Then Haruka came and asked if she should ask her father for help. She said that her father was a friend of the PTA chairman. Hiro was against the idea at first, but since there was no other idea, he asked Haruka to do it.
In the regional tournament, Meiwa Daiichi High School was winning its way to the semi-finals. Hiro said that he would cheer them on this year.
The PTA chairman Takemura went to talk to Yanagi principal. After the meeting, Takemura came to the baseball field and said hi to Haruka. When Haruka asked about the result, Takemura laughed and said of course it was ok. The baseball club members were shocked. Hiro was surprised that it was so simple. But Takemura said that it wasn't simple. He said that the principal put one condition on it. The condition was that they had to defeat the runner up team of this year's regional tournament in a practice game. But if they lose, the baseball club will be disbanded.
The championship game of the regional tournament was between Meiwa and Shinkawa. Hiro and Haruka went to the stadium to watch the game. Hiro hoped that Meiwa would not get left behind, as they would have to play the loser.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the number four batter Hideo hit the ball into the center field scoreboard for a homerun.
While they were watching, Haruka said that Meiwa's lefty pitcher was the
person who used to play center field the previous year. Hiro finally
understood why he looked awkward on the mound. But Hiro said that it
would be difficult to hit off of him.
Until the 7th inning, Meiwa pounded out 9 hits. But the score was still
1-0 as Shinkawa's defense was making many great plays.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, the score was still 1-0. Meiwa's pitcher had only given up 3 hits until then. But Hiro was still very worried because the pitcher was inexperienced.
When the game ended, Shinkawa had scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game. Hiro and Noda were very disappointed.
That night, Hiro and Noda were in Hideo's room watching the video of the
game. Hideo got mad at them, but Hiro yelled back, "We're the ones who
are really depressed!"
The next day at school, Hiro found Yanagi. Hiro said, "Hey! Did you
hear? From your father."
Hideo told Hikari about the upcoming game. Hikari was upset at Senkawa's principal. She said that there was no way that Senkawa could win. But Hideo said that it was Hiro. Then Hikari asked Hideo to lose on purpose. But Hideo said that they couldn't do that. He added that it would be easier for them to go to the Koushien the next year if they win.
Hiro and Noda were trying to come up with a lineup in Hideo's room. But they were one decent person short.
The next day at practice, Haruka asked Hiro if he had some up with the starting lineup. Hiro said that they still need a center fielder, someone who was fast, had a strong arm, and knew baseball well. They both thought of a jerk who was very selfish and always wanted the spotlight.
When Hiro and Haruka asked Kine to play for them, Kine refused.
Hiro and Noda were in Hideo's room looking at the video tape of Meiwa's game. Noda was commenting that the Meiwa batters were very good. Then there was a phone call from Hikari. Hikari and Hideo were at the pool and asked Hiro and Noda to come. Hiro said that they were busy. But Hikari said that they should take some time off for a change of pace. But Hiro still said that they wouldn't go.
When Hiro was walking through a park on his way to the pool, Haruka called out for him. Haruka was with some guy who was holding onto her hand. Then Haruka broke free and went to Hiro. They guy was someone that Haruka had liked in junior high school, although Haruka denied writing a love letter to him.
The next day when Hiro was looking at some porn books in Amamiya book store, Hikari came and got upset that Hiro didn't show up at the pool. Hiro said that he never promised to go. Then Hiro ran off to baseball practice.
When Hiro got to the baseball field, Haruka had just spilled a bucket of baseballs. Hiro thanked Haruka for treating him some food the previous day. Haruka said that Hiro and arrived at a good time to get her free from her old boy friend. Then Haruka explained that junior high was a time when a lot of people started to look cool to her. Hiro recalled Hikari going after Hideo. Haruka said that all of the people that she picked out (thought were cool) turned out to be bad when she thought about it later. Then when Haruka was about to slip on a baseball, Hiro caught her and told her to fix that clumsy personality first.
Haruka said, "Kunimi-kun, did you get a good pick?"
During practice, Kine came in and made a fancy catch in the outfield. Then he threw a strike back to home. Kine said, "How's that Kunimi-kun!? Now I'll sell my services for two kiss dates with Koga! The price is sure to go up! Now is the best time to buy!"
Hiro and Noda went to Hideo's room. They saw Hideo and asked why he was
there. He answered, "This is my room!"
Hiro spotted Hideo's practice uniform hanging to dry. Hiro said to Noda,
"He had two sets of practice uniforms right?"
Hiro and Noda wore Hideo's uniforms and snuck into Meiwa's baseball practice to spy on them. They watched Meiwa's pitcher and Hiro asked Noda about him. But Noda said that he really couldn't tell unless he caught the pitches himself. Then Hiro made a false announcement to get the real catcher away from the field. Noda went to replace the catcher and caught some of the pitcher's pitches.
Meanwhile Hiro was by the batting practice and watched over the Meiwa batters. The Meiwa batters all hit well and Hiro knew that he was going to have a hard time preventing the ball from going into the outfield.
On the way home, Hiro and Noda talked about what they saw.
Meanwhile Hideo spotted Kine watching some kids playing baseball. Hideo
started talking about the past. Hideo said, "At that time.. You told
the coach that you would quit the Hakusan Angels if he let me bat 4th."
Later a very upset Hiro barged into Hideo's room, where Hideo and Hikari
were looking at a magazine. After Hiro asked about the things that Hideo
had said to Kine, Hikari said, "Stupid. How can you still call yourself
a friend! You think Hide-chan would do that!?"
Then Hiro said that all they needed was Yanagi. Hideo was very surprised that Yanagi was in Hiro's school too. Then Hiro picked up the phone and said, "Oh yeah Hide. Why don't you become the villain again and call Yanagi. Tell them that you would bomb their house if he doesn't play in the game." Hideo yelled at Hiro.
The day of the game came. Before the game started, Hideo was walking around. When he spotted Kine, he said, "Hey, did you see my wallet around here?" Then Kine got very mad. Kine went to Hiro and told him not to let Hideo hit. He was very determined to win.
Then Haruka spotted a person with a mask over his face sitting in the
dugout. Haruka asked, "Do you have a cold?"
Then the two teams lined up for the start of the game. Noda noticed that Meiwa had brought in the second string. Hiro was happy, and said that the point of this game was to win, no matter how. Although the game was being played at the Meiwa field, Senkawa got to be the home team.
After taking his warmup pitches, Hiro threw the first pitch.
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