Hearing high-school player presents home run to Deaf parents at baseball convention in Tokyo

Kudo hits a home run to a left center by two outs with a player on the second base in the second half of the first inning. His team won the game. (photo: http://www.nikkansports.com/)
 

July 8, 2014

Kudo Takashi (工藤孝史), 17, started playing baseball when he was a 4th grader and belonged to a local little league during his junior high school days.

The High School Baseball Eastern Tokyo Convention took place in the Meiji Shrine Ground in Tokyo on July 7. It rained.

Outfielder Kudo, a senior of Iwakura High School in eastern Tokyo was the fourth batter. He swung hard the straight ball which approached higher than middle by two outs with a player on the second base in the second half of the first inning.

It was a powerful home run, total 18th through his high school day and the first arch in a regular-season game, which was witnessed by his Deaf parents in the rainy stand.

Kudo has communicated in sign language with them. He explained, "My parents  has worked hard to let me allow to do high-school baseball at the private school which requires money. I would like to go to the National High School Baseball Convention this summer in order to make them happy."

Director Isoguchi Hiroshige  (磯口洋成), 65, said, "Kudo is most often practicing. In order that he may look after his parents, he is doing this baseball in the feeling of the last."


Japanese source:
http://www.nikkansports.com/baseball/highschool/news/p-bb-tp3-20140708-1330559.html




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