The name changes, but the class remains. Gunsan Sangil Go defeated Yulgok Go to advance to the quarterfinals of the President’s Cup. Side-arm pitcher Lee Byung-joo (18) paved the way for the victory.
Gunsan Sangil-Go defeated Yulgok-Go 9-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning in the round of 16 of the 57th Presidential Baseball Tournament (organized by the JoongAng Ilbo-Korea Baseball and Softball Association) at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on Saturday. Gunsan Sangilgo will face Whimungo at 2 p.m. on Aug. 8 for a spot in the semifinals.
Gunsan Sangilgo scored three runs in the first inning. They took advantage of Yulgok’s starter Won Young-yeon’s pitching difficulties to take an early lead. In the top of the first, No. 6 hitter Park Joo-sung hit a two-run double to right field. Gunsan Sangilgo scored one run in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to increase its lead. They missed a chance to score a big run due to a missed infield play, but the pitching staff did a good job.
The name Gunsan Sangsang Ilgo is unfamiliar. However, baseball fans are familiar with the school. Known as the “Master of the Comeback” in the 1970s and 80s, Gunsan Sang-il High School changed its name this year as it transitioned to a liberal arts school.
Despite the change in signage, the team is no slouch. Gunsan Sangilgo finished second (5-1) in the first half of the Weekend League Gwangju-Jeolla Division and first (5-1) in the second half. However, their performance at the national tournament this year was not good. They failed to make it past the round of 16 in both the E-Mart and Cheongryonggi. However, in the President’s Cup, they finally made it to the quarterfinals.
Coach Suk Soo-cheol said after the game, “We made a lot of basic mistakes such as baserunning and defense. I didn’t like the attitude of the players,” he said after the game. However, he added, “This tournament is worth a shot. It’s a shame that the last tournaments didn’t have a big power difference, but it was disappointing to lose.” Jung Min-sung didn’t pitch (to save pitching power), but since the robot umpire was implemented, players are often mentally shaken.
Gunsan Sangsang Ilgo started with third-year pitcher Lee Byung-joo, who struggled with his delivery in the bottom of the first inning. However, he got Lee Kang-hyuk to ground out to the first baseman to get out of the jam. In the second inning, he walked the leadoff batter, Park Jun-beom, but struck out the next two batters after catcher Lee Jun-woo prevented the steal of second base. After a scoreless third inning, Lee Byung-joo turned the mound over to Yoo Seong-yeon with one out in the fourth. Three and one-third innings, two hits, five walks, two strikeouts, no runs.
The disappointment was evident on Byung-joo’s face. He said, “I thought I would pitch well, but I didn’t pitch as well as I thought I would. I wanted to be in charge until the fifth inning, but I had to throw a lot of pitches, which was unfortunate.” As for the first inning, he explained, “I was confident in my pitches and thought, ‘They can’t hit me,'” he said. Byung-joo’s fastball, which has been in the high 140s this year, reached 135 mph that day.토토사이트
Byung-joo was a beast in elementary school. “I started throwing with a sidearm in the first grade of middle school. My coach advised me to try throwing downward. I like Jung Woo-young of the LG Twins. He has a lot of four-seam pitches, so I’m trying to focus on pitching as much as possible.” Lee Byung-joo said, “We have a good roster this year. The quarterfinals was our first goal. I want to go all the way to the final this time.”