Cho Hyun-min, the Second Coming of the Frogbearer, Leads Team USA to 2-1 Victory
Ace Hwang Jun-seo throws no-hitter to wash away Game 1 slump
The South Korean National Team clinched a spot in the Super Round of the World Youth Baseball Championship by taking the fourth game of the tournament.
In the opening round of the 31st World Youth Baseball Championship at the Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, on Friday, Team Korea came from behind to beat Mexico 2-1 and clinch a spot in the Super Round regardless of the outcome of the remaining game against Puerto Rico.
The game was tough early on. It was initially predicted that the game against Mexico would be postponed due to a typhoon, but the game went ahead. As a result, they gave up an early run on a fielding error.
After scattered hits until the fourth inning, the team tied the game in the fifth inning on a RBI single by Yeon Jun-won (Busan High School). Then, in the sixth inning, the situation was quite delicate. With runners on first and third after Yeo Dong-gun (Seoul High) singled and Lee Seung-min (Whimun High) walked, Cho Hyun-min (Chungam High) hit a high ball that was difficult to bunt, allowing Yeo to score from third base. It was a replay of the so-called “frog bunt. It was the same bunt that Kim Jae-bak first performed in the 1982 World Baseball Championship between Korea and Japan.
Cho Hyun-min scored the winning run to give the Koreans a 2-1 victory.
On the mound, left-handed ace Hwang Jun-seo (Jangchung High School) followed Jeon Mir (Gyeongbuk High School) with 5 and 1/3 scoreless innings and six strikeouts. It was his first win since the loss to Chinese Taipei.
Meanwhile, Australia, who had suffered a 0-3 loss to the national team the previous day (May 5), saw their chances of automatically qualifying for the Super Rounds slip away with another 2-5 loss to the Czech Republic, who were considered Group A underdogs. Puerto Rico and Chinese Taipei were postponed again due to late bad weather.
In Group B, there was an upset. The Netherlands defeated Japan 1-0. With their first loss of the tournament, the Japanese are now tied with the USA and the Netherlands at 4-1 and will await the Super Round schedule.메이저사이트
With Group B, Taipei, completing its schedule as scheduled due to the lack of inclement weather, only the postponed Group A matches will be played on the sixth day, which was designated as a reserve day. The rescheduling means that Puerto Rico will play a doubleheader. Puerto Rico will play Chinese Taipei at 10:00 a.m., followed by the final game against the South Korean National Team. The Czech Republic and Mexico will then play the final game of the opening round. If Mexico wins, Australia, the Czech Republic, and Mexico will be tied for fourth place in Pool A with one win and four losses, while a Czech victory will leave Mexico with an undefeated opening round and the Czech Republic with two wins and three losses.