Gyeongbuk High School advances to the final after 30 years since Lee Seung-yeop… Overcomes Jangchung High School after an extended match

Gyeongbuk High School beat Jangchung High School, the 2020 champion, and reached the final of the Blue Dragon Flag after 30 years. Gyeongbuk High School defeated Jangchung High School 8-7 in the semifinals of the 78th Cheongryonggi National High School Baseball Championship (co-sponsored by the Chosun Ilbo, Sports Chosun, and Korea Baseball Softball Association) held at Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 25th. This is the first final since Lee Seung-yeop, the current professional baseball Doosan coach, won the Blue Dragon Flag in 1993.

Gyeongbuk High School scored the first run in the first inning, but at the end of the first inning, Jangchung High School hitter Ryu Hyun-joon gave up a 3-run home run, leading to a 1-3 lead. Moreover, Hwang Jun-seo, who is considered the ‘top 2’ pitcher in high school baseball, was holding out on the opposing mound. When starter Won Jong-hae faced three batters in the top of the first inning, Jang Chung-go gave up points due to an error and failed to catch an out count.

Hwang Jun-seo allowed only one hit and one walk until the 4th inning and blocked the Gyeongbuk High School batting line with no runs. He struck out six. However, in the top of the 5th inning, it shook sharply. In the 1st and 2nd bases, Lim Jong-seong of Gyeongbuk High School gave up 2 RBIs and tied 3 bases, and he was hit by Jeon Mi-re at the right time and allowed a turnaround. He came down the mound after giving up two more points due to a defensive mistake. Hwang Jun-seo was sluggish that day with 5 hits and 5 runs (2 earned runs) in 4 1/3 innings.

Gyeongbuk High School, which succeeded in attacking Hwang Jun-seo, allowed a one-run chase at the end of the 5th inning, but Lim Jong-seong hit another timely hit in the top of the 6th inning and ran away 7-4. Jang Chung-go, who caught up with 1 run at the end of the 6th inning, made a dramatic tie at the end of the 9th. Leading batter Han Seung-hyeon walked out, and sophomore Cho Chang-yeon, who came out as a pinch hitter, hit a two-run four that went over the left fence to tie the score at 7-7. Driven by the momentum, I tried to come back, but I couldn’t score an extra point and went into overtime.

In the game in the top of the 10th inning, which started with 1st and 2nd base safely, Gyeongbuk High School took the lead again with a left fielder sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Kim Min-kyun with 1 out and bases full. Gyeongbuk High School held the defense scoreless in the bottom of the 10th inning and confirmed their advance to the finals.

In the batting line at Gyeongbuk High School, Lim Jong-seong, the third hitter, hit Hwang Jun-seo with two RBIs and a triple in the fifth inning. On the mound, the good pitching of sophomores Park Gyeong-do and Kim Byung-jun shone. Park Kyung-do climbed the mound after one out in the first inning and played the role of an ‘inning eater’ with 4 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 and 2/3 innings. Kim Byeong-jun, who took the mound afterwards, hit a home run that tied the game in the bottom of the 9th inning, but that was the only hit. He became the winning pitcher with 1 hit and 2 runs in 4 1/3 innings, including a scoreless run in the 10th inning.꽁머니

Coach Lee Jun-ho of Gyeongbuk High School said, “The starting pitcher collapsed quickly, but Park Gyeong-do and Kim Byung-jun helped us win as much as possible.” Coach Lee Jun-ho entered the finals again as a coach after 30 years of playing as a player in 1993 (winning), when Gyeongbuk High School reached the last Blue Dragon finals. He said, “In the meantime, Gyeongbuk High School’s reputation has declined a lot compared to the past, but I will do my best to restore my honor by winning the championship.”

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