Junko Noda as Momoko Hoshino (voice)
Honda is successful in his first bat against Gibson, so Gibson retaliates with a beanball to the head. Honda falls unconscious, but he later gets up and goes to first base as though everything is okay. That night after celebrating with his son Honda realizes something is wrong. As he tries to reach his son and give him one final farewell he falls unconscious again and dies. Goro tries to wake his dad up the next day to no success. He is diagnosed as dead at the hospital and Goro's Uncle steps in to take him. Goro runs to his nursery teacher, Shimizu, who has just revealed she was engaged to Honda.Read More
It has been 3 years since his dad passed away, but at age 9 Goro is finally old enough to enter Little League Baseball. He returns to the field of the Mifune Dolphins, but when he arrives he learns they only have 5 players and that the team could be folding. To make things worse the soccer club has gotten permission from the city to fully take control of the field. The coach recommends Goro goes to the other Little League team in the city, but Goro is determined to play for the Dolphins and begins recruiting his classmates to play.Read More
In this ep, Goro gets invited to see America for the very first time. Though, he won't be going alone as Shimizu (his classmate) will experience the summer vacation trip along with him.
But, flashback to the beginning. Goro had some doubts about Joe Gibson (the man that unfortunately pitched a dead ball to Shigeharu; Goro's dad). Which the guy that was at Goro's place told him what really happened.
And to try to make things better. Gibson sent him a ticket for two to America. So that he (along with Shimizu and the interpreter) watched him play. At the end, Goro realized what Gibson has done and that they became good friends.Read More
As the team begins their run up the neighboring hill Goro and Komori are easily able to pace themselves, but the rest of the team has doubts and contemplates quitting. The problem is if even one player quits, then Mifune won't be able to play in the upcoming Little League Tourney.Read More
During the second game in the Little League Tournament Komori falls and sprains his wrist while batting. With no one else able to catch his fastballs Goro is forced to take over the catcher's position and Sawamura becomes the games pitcher. The problem is Sawamura doesn't have any game experience.Read More
Komori's sprain will keep him from catching for a month, so the rest of the team is forced to try and catch Goro's pitches. None of them are able to do so, but Shimizu has enough determination to where she says she will spend all week learning how to do so. This day before the match after their final practice both Toshi and Ryoko Kawase approach Goro. They inform him they won't be in the starting lineup and aren't sure they will be able to play against their greatest rival. Goro sees this as a challenge and decides to do everything possible to get these two on the field at the next days game.Read More
Exhaustion has come upon Goro, and Hideki realizes that Goro has stopped pitching normally as a result. If Goro continues to pitch the way he is, he will throw out his shoulder and ruin any chances he has of playing baseball in the future. However Momoko doesn't want to stop him because they all appear to be having fun and they realize this could be one of their last games together.Read More
Goro briefly returns to Japan after a triumphant season in the US. He is heading towards Fukuoka where he played baseball when he was a fifth grader. Having just moved into a new town, this is where Goro faced a critical point in his life.Read More