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General Affairs FY18 staff softball champions

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November 19, 2018

The General Affairs Department defeated the Finance Department 4-3 to win the FY18 Institute staff softball tournament on October 27. This year, six teams — General Affairs, Finance, Student Services, Research Promotion, Facilities, and the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) — participated in the event on the Ookayama Campus sports ground.

Research Promotion Dept. vs. Student Services Dept.

Research Promotion Dept. vs. Student Services Dept.

Held annually since 2011, the tournament is part of the Institute's action plan to power up its administrative departments. It provides colleagues across Tokyo Tech a chance to deepen ties through a refreshing day of outdoor exercise. Several teams began preparing a few weeks earlier by holding light lunchtime practice sessions.

In warm October sunshine, the action kicked off with an opening pitch by President Kazuya Masu. Teams then split into pools A and B, playing two morning games each to determine the winners of each pool. These winners advanced to the final game to be played later that afternoon. This year, the day also included exhibition matches that did not affect the results of the tournament, ensuring that everyone was given a chance to participate and rest as needed.

Teams line up for opening words from President Masu (right)

Teams line up for opening words from President Masu (right)

Teams line up for opening words from President Masu (right)

Snapshots from matches throughout the day

Snapshots from matches throughout the day

Snapshots from matches throughout the day

Snapshots from matches throughout the day

Snapshots from matches throughout the day

Pool A

 
Facilities Dept.
Finance Dept.
Student Services Dept.
Facilities Dept.
12-17
16-5
Finance Dept.
17-12
13-7
Student Services Dept.
5-16
7-13

Pool B

 
Research Promotion Dept.
General Affairs Dept.
ELSI
Research Promotion Dept.
2-9
9-3
General Affairs Dept.
9-2
10-2
ELSI
3-9
2-10

In the afternoon final, General Affairs, who only gave up four runs in their morning matches, faced the Finance Department, who were led by the staff baseball captain. The game went down to the wire. Finance was up 3-2 in the bottom of the final inning when pinch hitter Masu batted a single. The next slugger blasted a "sayonara" hit deep into center field, bringing both runners home and a sweet come-from-behind victory for General Affairs.

Finance Dept. batter connects during final

Finance Dept. batter connects during final

"Good game" handshakes and winners with trophy

"Good game" handshakes and winners with trophy

"Good game" handshakes and winners with trophy

After the tournament, participants joined the traditional after-party to discuss the day's highlights while refueling their bodies with food and drink.

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