Japanese baseball star, and 2017 AEL All-Star, Katai Kitigawa, who plays center field for the Anchorage Aces, has smashed the single-season record for hits on the last day of the season, after a 1st inning single against the Arizona Cowboys tonight, marking hit #148.
The previous record, held by the legendary Hall of Famer Chuck Provost, was 147 hits set in 1995.
Some baseball pundits argue that Provost set his record in a season when the league only played 80-games, making his feat more impressive. Even Kitigawa remained humble when asked about the hitting record, and he made reference to Provost being one of the greatest players in the Bull League.
Provost finished his career with 1,151 hits, after playing 15 seasons, including seven years with the Richmond Ravens (later the Jacksonville Ravens), including the Bull Cup championship 1995 season, five years with the Montreal Metros, and two seasons with the Ohio Oxen, where he ended his career with a second Bull Cup championship in 2006.
Kitigawa capped off the season’s finale with two more hits, including a double, finishing the year and setting the new record with 150 hits in total. His batting average was .350 on the season.
Anchorage’s second baseman, Section Attack, pulled up to the third spot on the single-season list, with 138 hits of his own, for a .357 batting average.