Kominato Haruichi is one half of the Keystone Duo of Seidou’s baseball team in the anime series “Ace of Diamond”. He is the younger brother of now-retired second baseman Kominato Ryousuke. Friends with Sawamura Eijun and Furuya Satoru; Haruichi has been a member of first string with jersey no. 19 since the first year.
Kominato Haruichi has pink hair and pink eyes. Though his eyes are mostly covered y his bangs which he cuts in Act II after their match with Komadai. He has a small stature with a calm and quiet personality. However, he has a habit of saying things bluntly as you can see him talking like that with Sawamura.
Haruichi ranks fifth in Infield defense and first at Contact play.
Also, he is the unofficial babysitter of Furuya and Eijun.
He received the nickname, Harucchi, Haruo, Harudanji and Haruichi the Thief from Sawamura Eijun.
Kominato Haruichi as Second Batsman
“I want you to use your bat, to become Seidou’s booster rocket!” Kataoka Tesshin (coach) to Haruichi
In Act I Kominato played reserve for the first string and played as a pinch hitter several times. He wanted to take his brother’s position, which is second batsman. Haruichi unlike other high school baseball players uses a wooden baseball bat which is heavier and difficult to play with. Also, he once broke his bat during a match. 😮
He received the position of third in the batting lineup after the retirement of the previous third year. He stayed in this position from the second round of the Fall Tournament until his second year, Spring Tournament. In the new batting lineup, he takes the position of the second in batting line-up.
When the new team seemed to lack batting power, Kominato became part of the clean-up batter, batting third in the lineup. Eventually, for Summer Tournament, he was again given the position of the second batsman.
Kominato has a sharp baseball sense and pulls fine plays at critical moments. For example, Kominato pulls series of consecutive plays on their match against Yakushi High. He managed to pull a clean hit on Sanada Shunpei, Yakushi’s ace.
Also read Sawamura Eijun | Journey to Ace
“I’m not going to wish for much. Only to hit all the pitches for sure that I know I can hit.”
Haruichi lacks strength which often leads to the discussion that he may lack the power to use a wooden bat. Coach Ochiai ordered him once to use a metal bat instead of a wooden bat, in the Fall Tournament. However, after being unable to play and score, he decided to stick to a wooden bat and improve his own style.
He holds the best batting average in the team. An average of 1.000 and .512 BA also, on his first year as a pinch hitter he had a perfect average of 1.000, batting four of four. Haruichi has been practicing batting of different styles and positions to overcome his weakness and help his team win Koshien.
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