The Strike Pitch Mini-game uses the same menus as the Homerun Competition, but I have listed them below as well.
Free Play - フリープレイ
VP Challenge - VP チャレンジ
Ranking -ランキング (Your best scores in the Strike Pitch Competition)
Again, Freeplay allows you to play and practice the strike pitch mode without the risk of losing any VP’s. After you choose your team, you choose your pitcher and again you see the base VP’s that you will earn with that player. The higher the VP is, the harder it is to pitch accurately.
Once you are in the Strike Pitch mini-game, you control the pitcher as he attempts to hit 1 or 2 blocks in the strike zone, which is represented by a 3 by 3 grid. You can choose any of the pitches that you have available to you, which will help you as some pitches are better than others in hitting some of the tougher “two-line” segments.
Here’s a rough text representation of how the first board appears.
1 | 2 | 3
4 | X | 5
6 | 7 | 8
What you try to do, is to pitch and knock the numbers off the board. If you manage to hit the line in between any of the numbers, you knock out both numbers and receive a bonus pitch. The X in the center is represented by a skull. If you hit that, it resets the board and you lose any combo that you have started.
Once you clear the first board, the board stays the same size, but the grids change to a different size. For example, grid segments 1, 3, 6, and 8 will become much smaller, but grids 2, 4, 5, and 7 will become larger. This means that you’ll have less area to hit if you’re aiming to hit two grids at the same time. Each time you clear a board, you the grid resets to a different configuration, so there is a bit of challenge in this mode.
Each time you clear a board, you the grid resets to a different configuration, so there is a bit of challenge in this mode.
Again, like the Homerun Competition, when you play the 100 and 500 VP modes, you’re paying a VP fee to play the games, but the VP rewards are much greater.