Yakult, a professional baseball team, held a practice match with DeNA in Urasoe City, Okinawa Prefecture, where they are camping.
Munetaka Murakami, the Japanese national team member of the WBC = World Baseball Classic, did not have a hit in his first actual game at this camp in two at-bats, but manager Shingo Takatsu evaluated that he was able to swing boldly. bottom.
Yakult faced DeNA in their first practice match at this camp.
Murakami and Tetsuto Yamada, who have been selected to represent Japan in the WBC, started in the game and each got to bat twice.
Of these, Murakami, who participated in the 4th third, was stuck in a 144-kilometer straight in the first at bat, and when he hit the second grounder, he struck out in the second at bat.
Although he didn't get any hits, Coach Takatsu said after the match, "I'm able to swing with all my heart. My body movement is not bad, so if I don't get injured, I think I'll be in good shape."
In addition, Yamada, who started as the designated hitter, chose a four-ball in the first at bat, but in the second at bat, he was hit by a breaking ball and ended up with a whiff.
On the other hand, 20-year-old catcher Souma Uchiyama, who played in 74 games last season, played full time in the left field, which he has been challenging since this camp, and has two hits, including a timely hit, and his unique batting. showed a feeling
Uchiyama said, "I was happy that I got a hit, but I'm still not satisfied with the content. I think people are expecting batting and are using it in the left field, so I'll do my best in defense in the left field so that I can live up to their expectations. I want to."
In the match, Yakult beat DeNA 10-1.