The high school days are here and Ko even remembered to turn in his sign up form for the baseball team, though it's not like they expected it to be. Because of a new coach that's taken over the team after the last one let things slide so badly, everything is getting split into two with a varsity style team and another group under the header of "Portables", the junior varsity who get to use a much smaller clubhouse in order to get their game together. Ko, Nakanishi and Akaishi all end up on the JV side but they all expected it since they're freshman and do still have a lot to learn. They also view everything as a chance to shine and stand out if they do well where they're at as the shakedown continues with the varsity team.
While the high school side is moving right along, a little conflict included of course, the junior high team that Akaishi just left gets a little nod as well. It turns out that Aoba has been the one that Akaishi turned the team over to as the captain and she's feeling a bit under pressure from it but really up to the challenge. Like Ko, she's grown up a little bit in the last school year but she's still as adversarial with him as always and she even seems to hold some sort of grudge against him for going out for the baseball team and doing the junior varsity side of it. The dream that her sister had for Ko still stands out strongly in her mind and it's in conflict with her own feelings for him that she's doing her best to suppress.
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