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Japanese high school pitcher follows 232-pitch effort with 159-pitch performance

Seibi High School's Tomohiro Anraku grimaces after being hit on the wrist of his pitching hand by a line drive in the first inning against Seiseiko High School during their national high school baseball tournament at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, western Japan, Saturday, March 30, 2013. The 1.87-meter, 85-kilogram (6-foot-1, 185 pound) right-hander led his team to a 4-1 win with a 159-pitch effort in the game on Saturday, just four days after throwing 232 pitches in one game at the high school baseball tournament. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
March 29, 2013 - 10:53 PM

OSAKA, Japan - Japanese high school pitcher Tomohiro Anraku led his team to a 4-1 win with a 159-pitch effort on Saturday, just four days after throwing 232 pitches in one game at the national high school baseball tournament.

The 16-year-old Anraku struck out eight batters in a complete-game win as Saibi high school advanced to the quarterfinals of the annual spring tournament.

On Tuesday, the 1 .87-meter, 85-kilogram (6-foot-1, 185 pound) right-hander threw 232 pitches over 13 innings in a 4-3 win in which he struck out 13 batters.

High pitch totals are fairly common in Japanese baseball. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka once threw 250 pitches in a single game during a high school tournament in which he pitched 36 innings over four days.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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