Gouriki Ayame throws the opening pitch at Jingu Stadium
On September 7th, actress Gouriki Ayame was in charge of the opening pitch for the game between the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants at the Jingu Stadium in Tokyo.
Gouriki threw a strong pitch with her left hand and although it did hit the ground, it went straight towards strike zone. Afterwards she regretted that she wasn't able to manage to throw the ball without it bouncing. She said, "If I had thrown a little higher, it wouldn't have hit the ground." She continued with a smile, "This was the fruit of my practice I had earlier, but maybe I really do have a strong ('gou' as in 'gouriki') fastball within me."
The actress was wearing a Yakult uniform with the number 50 on its back. Both her parents also were there to watch her daughter throwing the pitch and you could see that she put her heart and soul into it. During practice she worked hard to be able to throw a ball with no bounce, but unfortunately it didn't work out during the opening pitch.
She still looked great on the mound and commented, "The support from the audience and the heated atmosphere raised my tension. It was such a great feeling."
When she was asked to score her own performance, she gave herself 40 of 100 points. She wanted to throw a personal strong fastball with a speed of at least 30 or 40 km/h (18~25 mph). "At least I was able to throw it cheerfully," she expressed satisfied after all, "But when I get another chance, I want to throw a strike with a strong fastball."
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