He is just one step away from his dream of playing in the Koshien. Despite the restrictions placed on him by his school, which is one of the best preparatory schools in Tokyo, there is a man who still earnestly aims to make it to the Koshien National High School Baseball Championships. He is Takafumi Sugihara, manager of the Meijidai Nakano Hachioji Baseball Club. This 240-day documentary closely follows his struggles and anguish as well as the physical and mental growth of his students.
The members of the Meijidai Nakano Hachioji High School baseball team held a meeting with the players after their heavy defeat in the Tokyo Metropolitan High School Spring Baseball Tournament. What should we do to win? What kind of baseball do we want to play? The answer they came up with was to go back to their slogan once again.
There is not much time left for the summer tournament, which will be the culmination of their efforts. The coach, Takafumi Sugihara, also explained that dramatic change requires a certain amount of determination. The team is not doing well, but the decisions of the third-year students are shaking up the team.
Machida is a man who looks at himself objectively and makes decisions with courage and determination, without turning his back on reality, even when he does not want to. This experience will be his source of strength for the many turning points in his life in the future.
Machida was also a child with many injuries, and just when he was about to get better and do his best, the pain would come back again. However, a team needs to function in a variety of roles, including those who play an active role in games, those who help out on the bench, those who inspire their friends from the stands, those who help out behind the scenes, those who compile data, and those who take care of the younger players.
What will the third-year students leave behind? I think that is the key. I am going to ask Machida to talk about what kind of determination he has made on the day when all the members gather together.
Machida’s words will surely touch the hearts of his classmates and juniors as he practices knocking while being taught tips by Yuichi Tomita, the head of the team.
Sugihara, too, is about to make the most difficult decision of the year.
(Continue to Part 8)
Interview cooperation： Fumihiko Washizaki