OSAKA, Japan (AP) — 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.
Anraku recovered after being hit on the wrist of his pitching hand by a line drive in the first inning at Koshien Stadium. He also drove in the game-winning run with a triple to the left field wall in the eighth inning.
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.