May 9, 2016
Tamada Hiro (right) and Takemura
Mitsuki play together as a battery.
Deaf catcher joins a local Deaf rubber-ball baseball team:
Tamada Hiro, 18, devoted himself to go through regular baseball with a hearing team when he was a high school student. He joined a local Deaf rubber-ball baseball team this spring when he entered Obirin University in Tokyo.
For two days on April 17 and 24, the Tokyo Deaf Baseball Tournament was held at a stadium in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo. Tamada's team won a ticket to the Kanto Region Championship.
Takemura Mitsuki, 19, who makes a battery with Tamada is his childhood friend and a former ace in the Tachikawa School for the Deaf rubber-ball baseball team. Tamada had worried until the end whether he should play with Takemura at the school for the deaf where only a rubber-ball style is permitted.
A captain of the local Deaf team, Yuki, 21, is Takemura's elder brother. He attends Wako University as a senior after graduating from Tachikawa School for the Deaf, aiming at becoming a teacher of health and physical education. Yuki had watched Tamada who worked hard in the severe environment at a hearing high school. Yuki said, "I was in a hearing baseball team until the junior high school for 3 years, too, but I don't think that a Deaf person can't do because of deafness. We make up with our eyes."
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