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Tatsuya Masuda had a one-out two-run single and sidearmer Takemitsu Yamato struck out 10 over the distance as first time entrants Komatsushima of Tokushima Prefecture routed Asahikawa Daiko of Kita Hokkaido 9-1 in the second round at the national baseball tournament on Friday.

In other games, Seiji Hirooka pitched a five-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and no walks and got a boost from squeeze bunts in the third and fifth frames, giving Okinawa Shogaku of Okinawa Prefecture a 4-0 win over Gifu’s Shiritsu Gifu Shogyo. Tsuyoshi Ito and Toshiyuki Fujita combined on a six-hitter and Gunma’s Kiryu Daiichi scored three runs in the fourth inning to pull off a 3-2 victory over Shonan of Kagoshima Prefecture in the day’s third game at Koshien Stadium.

The fourth game of the day between Kisarazu Sogo of Chiba Prefecture and Aomori’s Kosei Gakuin was postponed until Saturday after a rain delay caused Friday’s first game to start late.

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