Titre original : Contagious Fighting Spirit
Goro pushes his rehab to where's he's able to pitch back to normal speed, but his ankle still can't handle the pressure. Yamada declares that Taiga will be the starting pitcher for the teams 1st game against Youaka, so Goro tries to sleep in. Toshiro and Fuji prevent him from doing so, and Yamada admits he wasn't going to make Goro come to the game, but the team wanted him to watch since they wouldn't be a team if he hadn't formed them. Seishuu uses baseball basics to get a 1-0 lead, and they get a bit overconfident. Goro goes out to run and work his leg, but while he's doing so the team falls behind 8-1. Taiga's bad attitude disgusts Goro, so he throws Taiga out of the game and hits a double. Goro then steals 3rd, and Uchiyama hits him in, cutting the lead to 8-2. Toshiko gets a hit followed by Hattori. Seishuu begins to rally. Even Miyazaki gets a hit against a new pitcher. As the episode ends Seishuu has cut the lead down to 8-5, and they are still batting with only 1 out, but Youaka's coach thinks that luck will remain on their side giving them the win. Can Seishuu find a way to get back those last 3 runs and take the lead?