The Korean youth national team was defeated 1-6 by the host country, Taiwan, in the first game of the preliminary round of the 31st World Youth Baseball Championship (Under 18) held in Taichung, Taiwan on the 2nd (Korean time).스포츠토토
Hwang Jun-seo, the trusted left-hander starter, collapsed early, and the batting lineup was silenced by Taiwanese starter Lin Wei-yin. The young players were unable to overcome Taiwan’s home advantage.
The start was good. The first point belonged to Korea.
In the top of the first inning, leadoff hitter Park Si-hyun hit a hit to right and ran to second base while the opposing defense missed the ball. Lee Chung-heon’s sacrifice bunt with one out and 3rd base. No. 3 Yeo Dong-geon brought home a timely hit to right and succeeded in scoring first.
But the attack stopped there. There were no additional points.
Starter Hwang Jun-seo also got off to an uneasy start due to an error in the bottom of the first inning.
Taiwan’s leadoff hitter was sent out due to an error by right fielder Lee Seong-min, and a stolen base was allowed, with 2 outs and 3rd base. The fourth hitter, Wang Nian Hao, hit a timely hit and immediately tied the score at 1-1.
In the bottom of the third inning, Hwang Jun-seo was shaken again.
After 1 out, a ball hit to the body, followed by a balk, a wild pitch, and a walk put runners on 1st and 3rd base with 1 out.
Kim Taek-yeon appeared as the second pitcher against Taiwan on the 2nd. Source = World Baseball Softball Federation website
Pinch hitter Qiu Xin and Lishun Chie allowed consecutive timely hits to score 1-3. Kim Taek-yeon, who hurriedly took the mound at 1st and 3rd base with one out and one out, gave up one more run after hitting a heavy hit by Huang Tien-Tzu.
Korea, which lost the lead, gave up additional runs to Taiwan in the bottom of the fourth inning with a double, consecutive walks, and a timely hit. However, Kim Taek-yeon struck out the next two batters in a row, preventing any more runs.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Korea suffered a complete defeat after allowing a left-field hit to Koh Ching-hsien and giving up 6 runs due to a defensive throwing error following a stolen base.
Starting pitcher Hwang Jun-seo became the losing pitcher with 5 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 4 runs (3 earned) in 2⅓ innings. The second pitcher, Kim Taek-yeon, gave up 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings, but he pitched impressively, striking out 7 with his fastball.
Jeon Mir, who took the mound with one out in the sixth inning, allowed one hit and one run (unearned) in ⅔ innings. The three players are scheduled for the 2024 rookie draft on the 14th. With Jang Hyun-seok heading to the United States, interest is also focused on the results of this international competition between Hwang Jun-seo and Kim Taek-yeon, who are competing for draft number one. There is a high possibility that Hwang Jun-seo will go to Hanwha with the first pick, and Taek-yeon Kim will go to Doosan with the second pick. ‘Dual swords’ Jeon Mir is also a promising prospect to be a first round pick.
Korea will play the second game of the preliminary round against the Czech Republic at 4 p.m. on the 3rd.
It was originally an evening game, but due to the influence of Typhoon Haikui, the 11th typhoon passing through Taiwan, the game schedule was moved up three days ago.
The national team, which was originally scheduled to play its first game of the preliminary round against Puerto Rico on the 1st, will return the rest day on the 6th and continue the preliminary round due to rainy weather.