The calendar says it's autumn, but it feels like spring for sports anime.
new roommates - second-year gadfly Kuramochi Youichi (Asanuma Shintarou) and the silent third-year Masuko Tohru (Wataru Hatano - not that you'd know it yet). These two seem friendly enough - apart from a harmless prank when Kuramochi opens the door, after which they invite Eijun to a late-night gaming blowout. Masuko is on a vow of silence because he's committed an error in his last game but his scribbled notes are friendly enough. The reality of course is that hazing the new guy is very much a part of both school life and sports - and a rube like Eijun may as well have had a target painted on his forehead. The first blow is landed when they don't wake Eijun up the next morning and he's late for practice, which is being run by the tough-as nails coach, Kataoka Tesshin (Touchi Hiroki).
throw a ball from home plate to the outfield fence, a distance of about 300 feet (no problem for the coach, a former pro prospect as a pitcher) he can pitch in practice. Otherwise, he's out as a pitcher.