“It was operated in accordance with the competition regulations.”
The Korean youth baseball team under the age of 18 (U-18) returned home with a valuable result of a bronze medal at the 31st World Youth Baseball Championship 카지노(U-18) held in Taichung and Taipei, Taiwan.
Korea got off to a bad start. They lost 1-6 in the first game of the opening round against Taiwan. However, they succeeded in advancing to the super round by defeating the Czech Republic, Australia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
They lost to Japan in the first game of the Super Round and the United States in the second game, but won 3-1 against the Netherlands. Then, in the 3rd and 4th place match against the United States held on the 10th, they won 4-0 thanks to Kim Taek-yeon (Incheon High School)’s 7-inning shutout. took 3rd place.
The national team entered the country through Incheon International Airport on the afternoon of the 11th. Coach Lee Young-bok (Chungam High School), who met with reporters after entering the country, said, “I think the good results were achieved because all 20 players came together as a team and worked hard. On the pitcher side, Kim Taek-yeon worked the most. On the fielder side, all the players worked hard.” “I think I achieved these results thanks to my hard work,” he said.
In this tournament, the national team achieved valuable results despite difficulties such as a rain outing against Puerto Rico and two double headers. Coach Lee Young-bok said, “I think I was nervous when playing the preliminary round. I felt like I was at a bit of a disadvantage due to weather conditions and competition management issues, but I played with the mindset of overcoming it.” “I think so,” he said.
He added, “When I started the tournament, I thought it would be very difficult. We lost the first game against Taiwan and thought it would be very difficult, but I think the players had confidence as a team and handled each step well.”
The player who attracted the most attention in this tournament was Taekyeon Kim. Kim Taek-yeon pitched against Australia in the second game of the opening round after throwing 54 pitches and taking a day’s rest. After resting for a day, they played five games in a row, including the game against Puerto Rico (suspended on the 6th and 7th), the United States on the 8th, the Netherlands on the 9th, and the 3rd and 4th place match against the United States on the 10th. In particular, he pitched 98 pitches in 7 innings in the 3rd and 4th place match against the United States. Naturally, controversy over overuse arose.
Regarding the controversy over overuse, coach Lee Young-bok said, “There are competition regulations. The competition was run according to the regulations regarding the number of pitches and rest days. I think it was run normally until the bronze medal game. Compared to last year, the number of pitches was similar. “I think we created that rule to avoid over-exertion or over-exertion. I don’t think there is a big problem with playing games according to that rule,” he said.
Youth players who will lead the future of Korean baseball returned to Korea after gaining valuable experience. Coach Lee Young-bok said, “The players must have learned many things through this world championship. They must have thought a lot about overcoming difficult situations. I think it was a time to think more deeply about their baseball lives going forward.” “I think he will shine as an even better baseball player in the future,” he said.