The Sejong City Youth Baseball Team (headed by Jang Jae-hyuk) won its first championship.
Sejong City Youth won its first title in its seven years of existence in the strongest league, the Youth Cheongryong (U-13) League, by defeating Asan Youth Baseball Team (Hwang Min-ho) 11-7 after two penalty shootouts after a draw in the final of the 2nd Andong Hahoe Talbae National Children’s Baseball Tournament held in Andong City, Gyeongbuk Province, on October 12.
Hosted by the Andong City Baseball and Softball Association and organized by the Korea Youth Baseball Federation (Chairman Lee Sang-geun), the tournament was held over six days from October 7 to 12 at seven venues, including the Andong Yongsang Sports Park baseball field, with a total of 72 teams and more than 2,000 players and parents participating.
The tournament was sponsored by Andong City, Andong City Sports Association, baseball equipment company Wipan (Gold Bat), Storm Baseball, Finsport, Waniel-Diamond, Dominion, and muscle ligament supplement Aminoligen.
The tournament was organized as a preliminary round-robin and final round-robin tournament, with teams competing for the championship in seven divisions, including the Sprout League (U-9), Dreamers League (U-11), Youth League (U-13), and Junior League (U-16).
The Sejong Youth Baseball Team, which won the strongest league, the Youth League (U-13) Cheongnyong, also showed off its skills at the U-12 National Youth Baseball Tournament, the largest tournament for elementary school baseball teams in the country, held in Uljin this year.
In the first game of the preliminary round of the tournament, Sejong Youth Baseball got off to a fast start against Busan MSG Youth Baseball Team (coached by Yoo Min-seok), winning 8-4 thanks to a 3-for-2, 4 RBI performance by Lee Yoo-chan (Da Jung Cho 6).
In the second game against the Daejeon Seogu Youth Baseball Team, coached by Yeon Kyung-hum, a former member of Daejeon’s powerhouse Hanwha Eagles, the team earned a 6-0 shutout victory behind a 4-for-5 performance from Kim Do-kyung (Sodam 6), nicknamed the Otani of youth baseball, who went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, and a three-hit shutout start from Lee Min-jae (Duru 5).
In the final game of the preliminary round against defending champion Incheon Seogu Youth Baseball Club (Kim Jong-cheol), the team won 5-1 behind a 2-for-2 performance from Ko Jun-seo (Boramcho6) with a double, RBI and two runs scored and a three-inning, one-run start from Lee Yoo-chan.
In the quarterfinals, Seoul’s emerging powerhouse Gangnam Dogok Youth Baseball Team (managed by Yoon Jeong-ho) rode Kim Do-kyung’s leadoff home run in the top of the first inning and Choi Si-woo (Dodamcho 6)’s three-inning, 6K no-hitter to a 4-0 victory to advance to the long-awaited final.
The final was an intriguing matchup between the traditional powerhouse Asan Youth Baseball Team (coached by Hwang Min-ho), who this year’s Doosan Bears’ Park Ji-ho was the second consecutive KBO rookie to be drafted after Kwon Dong-hyuk (LG Twins) last year, and the upstart Sejong Youth Baseball Team, who defeated not only a youth baseball club but also an elementary school baseball team to finish as runners-up. 토토사이트
The Sejong Youth Baseball Team scored two runs in the top of the first inning, thanks to a leadoff double by Kim Do-kyung and a double to right-center field by Sun Ju-ha (Dodamcho 6). The next four innings were a tense pitching battle between Sejong’s Kim Do-kyung and Asan’s Lee Ji-ho (Handlemulbitcho 6), but in the bottom of the fifth inning, Asan’s ball