Baseball is hotter than ever with the 2023 KBO postseason. On another field, high school baseball players who dream of playing professional baseball tomorrow played a fierce game.
In the finals of the 44th Seoul Mayor’s U18 High School Fall Baseball Tournament, organized by the Seoul Baseball and Softball Association (Chairman: Kim Yoon-kyu), Whimungo won the title, marking the finale of the last Seoul high school baseball tournament of 2023.
Twenty-two teams from across the city participated in the tournament, which took place at Mokdong Baseball Stadium and Gocheok Sky Dome from March 26 to April 4. All of the participating teams fought with passion and determination from the preliminary round, 온라인카지노 as if they wanted to make up for the disappointment of the last high school tournament of the year, and there were many unexpected upsets during the tournament.
In particular, about 1,000 parents, alumni, and baseball fans came to the Gocheok Sky Dome on the 4th to watch the final matchup between the traditional powerhouse Whimungo and this year’s gold medal winner of the 104th National Sports Games, Duksugo, and a fiery cheering match reminiscent of a national tournament.
After scoring two runs in the top of the first inning, it was a tense pitching battle until the top of the fourth inning, when Duksugo tied the game at 2-2.
However, the balance was shaken when Duksugo scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning, and then Duksugo scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning, leading to a fierce battle with no clear outcome.
In the top of the eighth, Huimungo scored one more run, and Duksugo followed with one in the bottom of the ninth, putting pressure on Huimungo, but they were unable to turn the game around. At the end of the ninth inning, the score was 7-6 in favor of Whimungo.
The MVP of the tournament was Park Jun-hyuk (Whimungo), the best pitcher was Ryu Han-jun (Whimungo), the most valuable player was Lim Ji-sung (Duksugo), the best hitter was Lee Kook-il (Chungam), and the best home run was Lee Hyun-woo (Seoul Design School). The Seoul Baseball and Softball Association president and executives, commentator Choi Ik-sung, broadcaster Fujimoto Saori, lyricist Park Chang-hak, and other personalities from various walks of life participated in the award ceremony for the outstanding players.
Na Jin-gyun, vice president of the Seoul Baseball Softball Association, which organized the tournament, said,
“It was very rewarding to be able to hold the Seoul Student Baseball Finals at Gocheok Sky Dome for the first time since the 100th National Sports Games held in Seoul in 2019, and I would like to express my gratitude to the staff of the Seoul Facilities Corporation’s Gocheok Sky Dome Operations Department.”
“In order for Korean baseball to continue to maintain its world-class status and develop further, it is impossible without the driving force of youth baseball,” he said, emphasizing the need for continued interest and support for youth baseball.
Finally, the tournament is being recognized as a tournament that was carefully prepared to provide a unique experience for the participating teams and spectators, including the implementation of a six-inning system in the final game for the first time in baseball, so that they could feel the true essence of high school baseball.