Titre original : Challenger
Sato is once again placed in the starting lineup. An early run seems to shake Toshi's confidence. Even when the Warriors tie it up Toshi seems to lack confidence. When he is forced to face an old teammate Toshi thinks he has an easy out. It is only when an easy hit is made that Toshi realizes he hasn't done enough research on film on how a catcher should start a game and how different a batter can become in the Pros with daily training. With a little help from Yanatabe Toshi begins to realize that in the Pros you battle everyday for an entire season, not just one batter at a time. With this knowledge Toshi is able to regain his confidence, but can he claim the starter catcher's job?