The most anticipated battle of the league begins. Ash vs Trip.
The battle begins with Wotter vs Volcarona. Ash asks him why Trip is staying in on a type disadvantage but Trip just says come at me bro. Wotter hydro pumps, Volcarona Quiver dances and tanks the hit easily, then easily wipes Wotter out with one hit via Bug buzz. Ash sends in Krookodile, Trip remebered the Croc's strength in the last tourney and decides to show off his own mettle with Haxorus. Ash stone edges while Haxy dragon dances around it then dodges several more stone edges. Haxorus then lunges forward and hits Krook with a dragon claw, knocking off his sunglasses. Krookodile franctically looks for them only to find them near Haxorus's foot. The dragon smirked then crushed the shades. It had the opposite effect on Krookodile, the Crock sprung into a rage and ran towards the dragon with incredible speed, smashing the dragon's face in with an incredible dragon claw that took out the dragon in one hit. Moxie then activates. Trip gapes in disbelief then quickly sent Volcarona back out, Volcarona then surrounded itself with fire dance in a form of countershield. Unfortunately, Krookodile boosted by rage and moxie just sent a stone edge at the fire tornado the stones shredding through the flames to take out Volcarona as well. Moxie activated again. By now the power has gone to Krookodile's head and he started just aimlessly firing off stone edges in all directions while pounding his chest. Trip decided to end this with Conkeldurr. Clownface used Bulk up, then quickly Mach punched to put Krookodile out of his misery. Next Ash sent out Unfezant. Unfezant charges at Clownface only for the boosted fighter to intercept with his concrete pillars, Trapping the bird between them. Grinning maliciously, Clownface used stone edge in close range to OHKO the bird. Ash sent out Snivy next to Which trip grinned and Sent out Jellicent, telling Ash he had a strategy with Jellicent. Snivy was wary of cursed body and so tried to attract, which failed due to being pushed back by scald. Then Snivy used leafstorm, which Jelicent replied with Willowisp, burning through the leaves and burning snivy. A hex KOed Smugleaf. Pikachu was next. Pikachu got in close with iron tail, which trip allowed for cursed body to work, plus water resists steel, only for pikachu to stick his tail in Pringle's mouth and use electroball. That was the end of poor pringles.
Trip then sent out Eelektross. The electric eel managed to beat down pikachu, although not before getting paralyzed from static. For Ash's last hope he sent out Pignite. Pignite seemd to understand the gravity of the situation and Smashed on the ground with all his might for a fire pledge, knocking out Eelektross. Trip then sent out Conkeldurr. Pignite rammed himself against the pillars with flame charge a few times but when Trip ordered COnk to smash down with superpower, Pignite used a fire pledge with lightning speed, blowing up the ground under Clownface and knocking it out. Finally Serperior is released. Pignite flamethrowers, it dodges, He flame charges, Serp dodges, He fire pledges, Serp houdini's his way out. Then Serp used frenzy plant, covereing the entire field in massive root protrusions that prevented movement for all except nimble grass snakes. The roots grabbed onto Pignite and started squeezing hard when suddenly.....Pignite glowed blue and expanded, free of his prison as an Emboar. Alarmed, Serp blasts Emboar with Solarbeam only for Emboar to block the hit with his hands. Then Emboar charged forward with Brick break at the ready, it clashed with dragon tail and both were sent back. Ash told Emboar to use flame charge and halfway through the red flames turned blue and suddenly increased in magnitude, turning into flare blitz, cutting through the roots as he charged colliding with Serperior and sending it into the wall. As the smoke cleared red eyes and white mist appeared as Overgrow took its effect. Serp used Fenzy plant one last time this tie with increased force, Emboar was now locked in a chokehold with frenzy plant and his strength was rapidly fading. Ash called desperately for a fire pledge and with all his might Emboar forced his hand into the ground and set off a fire pledge that blew up the entire battlefield, leaving Serperior unable to battle.
After the battle nurse joy tells Ash Emboar took too much damage from the last battle to be able to be used in the finals, and since he isn't paul Ash honored Joy's wishes.