Hinata has a flashback of a baseball game, as Yui auditions to fill the position left by Iwasawa, and the opening has been changed to reflect this. After her audition she ends up accidentally hanging herself after kicking the mic stand.
After dismissing her singing they decide to give her a chance but revoke it after her fandom for one of the band members takes over.
Yuri announces that the battlefront will be participating in the baseball tournament, the members are to form teams and any team that doesn’t perform well will be punished by her.
Hinata and Otanashi team up to recruit members for their team and everyone that they ask has already joined a team.
When Yui appears before them to join, Hinata initially agrees as a way to take out the other team’s pitcher, but they don’t exactly get along.
After this they’re able to recruit Shiina who has been balancing a broom on her fingertips ever since the guild descent operation as a test of her concentration.
Next they head to the riverside to recruit Noda who agrees as a way to get Yuri’s attention.
They still need four more members and after Hinata has the flashback of the baseball game again, they’re able to get Yui’s fans to join the team. Though they’re still one member short they decide to go in with what they’ve got.
All of the battlefront’s teams advance past their first round as Yuri overlooks the games.
The only team left to advance is Hinata’s team who decide to aim for a cold game with Noda clearing the bases.
When Otanashi hits the ball, Noda appears and hits it back so they start hitting the ball back at each other over and over again. Their plan eventually goes as expected with Noda hitting a one handed homerun.
Otanashi pitches when it comes to their team’s turn to pitch and it’s not long until he and Noda start throwing the ball back and forth at each other. Shiina still manages to balance the broom while catching the ball and eventually they win the first round.
In order to crush the battlefront’s teams, Angel and her vice-president, Naoi form their own team with members of the baseball club. With this team they defeat the battlefront’s teams until only Hinata’s team remains.
After the match begins the scores are almost matched when Hinata calls a timeout and notices Matsushita in the outfield. As Otanashi was able to recruit him with an extra meal ticket and catches the ball while still eating. With victory in sight, Yuri laughs it up.
With two outs, and runners on second and third Otanashi calls a timeout and Hinata tells him about the game in his past, and how during the finals he was faced with catching the ball that would either win or lose the match for his team.
He doesn’t know whether he caught it or not but from his team’s resentment towards him afterward it would that he didn’t, and as he was leaving the locker room an upperclassman offered him something to calm his nerves.
They get back to the game and the ball is hit high just like the game in Hinata’s past. Realising that if Hinata catching the ball will cause him to disappear, Otanashi runs to stop him but just before he can catch it Yui puts him in a hold from behind causing them to lose the match.
Once again the ending was changed from last weeks to show Hinata in one of Yui’s holds.
We got the complimentary baseball that seems to be in KEY’s stuff of late which made for some pretty funny stuff and it managed to tie into Hinata’s backstory. And though it may not be as tragic as the likes of Yuri or Iwasawa’s, it seems that just like how Yuri was left alone after losing her siblings there’s still quite a bit left to show of it, and how his team’s resentment and what his upperclassman had given him influenced him. From last weeks episode preview it also looked as if he was going to be disappearing this week so it was good to see when he would have disappeared being interrupted by Yui putting him into a hold.