Kou, Akaishi, Azuma and Nakanishi check out a practice game of Ryuo Academy where they talk to a former first-string team mate. Kou is impressed by a non-regular member, Mishima, who Azuma remembers from encountering him once (hint hint). At the game, Azuma talks with Miki, who happened to be scoping out Ryuo Academy from a different school. They both told each other that they don't regret their choices. Kou is buying a shiny pendent for Wakaba where he meets Junpei. He feels as though he should be Ichiyo a gift to and he does so. Later, Kou is at cafe and he's about to ask Ichiyo about the gift she got from Junpei and Nomo comes out with it on the collar. When the tournament schedule posted, Ryuo is seed first in the tournament and Seishu is supposed to played them in the third game. Aoba who isn't allowed to play, because she is a girl, has to watch the game from the stands. As Seishu wins their first game when it is called in the fifthinning, she feels very isolated from the group. After the game, Kou lamenting on the fact she wasn't able to pitch or do anything for the team, out comes Kou to relieve the stress for Aoba. He lets her pitch until it gets dark and also to fulfill to frustration over not able to play. Then at the end, he tells her to not give up on baseball.