South Korea’s U-18 national baseball team suffered an upset loss to the United States.
Korea suffered a 1-5 upset loss to the United States in the Super Round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Monday in Taiwan. It was the second straight loss in the Super Round for Korea, which needed to win all of its games to advance to the finals, and the 1-3 record ended its hopes of reaching the final.먹튀검증
After the Super Round, Taiwan is currently in first place with three wins, followed by Japan (3-1), the United States (2-2), and the Netherlands (1-2). South Korea dropped to fifth place, which puts red flags on their chances of advancing to the finals, let alone the third- and fourth-place games.
Hwang Jun-seo, one of the biggest names in this year’s draft, started and pitched well through four innings before collapsing in the fifth. He gave up four runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 4⅔ innings to take the loss. Kim Taek-yeon, the second overall pick, pitched 1⅓ innings with two strikeouts and one run. At the plate, Jung Ahn-seok went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, but the team’s offense struggled as a whole with just four hits.
Korean starter Hwang Jun-seo started the game with a clean first inning, striking out the side in order.
In the top of the second, Lee Yul-ye reached on an error by the third baseman. However, Lee was thrown out at second base to end the inning.
Hwang Jun-seo struck out both Perry Moreland and Coy James in the bottom of the second. But James got a strikeout to end the inning, and Nolan Trager was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Hwang struck out Carter Johnson and got Manuele Marin to fly out to center to end the threat. In the third, he struck out the side again, this time on a flyout.
In the top of the fourth, Jung An-seok led off with a single. After a sacrifice bunt by Yeo Dong-gun, Park Ji-hwan drew a walk and Cho Hyun-min followed with an RBI single.
Hwang Jun-seo ended the fourth inning with a triple play. Lee Sang-jun led off the fifth with a single, but Lee Seung-min and Yeon Jun-won struck out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Hwang Jun-seo faced big trouble. He gave up a single to Carter Johnson and got Manuele Marin to fly out to right field, but Connor Griffin singled to put runners on first and second. He then gave up a two-out double to Derek Curiel to tie the game. He then gave up a walk to Levi Clark and pinch runner Bryce Clavone stole second. Against Perry Moreland, he gave up a two-run single.
South Korea eventually pulled Hwang Jun-seo from the mound and brought in Kim Taek-yeon. Kim got out of the jam by throwing out Moreland stealing second base.
In the top of the sixth, Lee Chung-hyun reached on an error by the shortstop and Jung Ahn-seok singled to put runners on first and second. However, there was no follow-up hit.
The United States added a run in the bottom of the sixth when Coy James led off with a strikeout and scored on Bryce Rainer’s RBI single after a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch by Nolan Trager.
South Korea went scoreless in the top of the seventh and dropped the game.