Sho­hei Otani shows off with dis­ap­pear­ing hit

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

TOKYO >> Ja­panese pitcher Sho­hei Otani added to his rep­u­ta­tion as a pow­er­ful hit­ter on Sun­day when he hit a fly ball that didn’t come down.

Otani’s tow­er­ing fly ball in the sev­enth in­ning of an ex­hi­bi­tion game against the Nether­lands got lodged some­where in the roof of Tokyo Dome.

As Otani rounded the bases, team­mates, op­po­si­tion play­ers and um­pires looked up in search of the ball that dis­ap­peared into the pan­els lin­ing the ceil­ing of the domed sta­dium.

What cer­tainly would have been a home run in an ope­nair sta­dium was ruled a groundrule dou­ble.

While Otani is widely re­garded as one of the best pitch­ers in the world, he is prov­ing his bat­ting abil­i­ties are just as im­pres­sive. The 6-foot-4 righthander hit 22 home runs this sea­son for the Nip­pon Ham Fight­ers.

Ja­pan won Sun­day’s game 1210 to im­prove to 3-1 in the fourgame se­ries.

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