“I’m thankful that I got another chance”
The Korean national baseball team reached the 19th Asian Games baseball final after twists and turns. He was hit by Taiwan in the preliminary round and was in a difficult situation where he had to win all the remaining games, but he took his chance by defeating Japan and China in the super round.
The national team, led by head coach Ryu Joong-il, defeated China 8-1 in the final Super Round match held at the first stadium of the Baseball-Softball Sports Center in Shaoxing, near Hangzhou, China, on the afternoon of the 6th.
Now there is only one goal left. It will avenge its defeat in the preliminary round against Taiwan to win the Asian Games gold medal for the fourth time in a row.
The players were desperate for a chance to meet Taiwan again. 스포츠토토사이트
Won Tae-in, who pitched six scoreless innings on the day, said, “I came here thinking of the gold medal unconditionally,” adding, “As soon as we lost to Taiwan in the preliminary round, we talked a lot about going to the finals again in our group chat room and on the bus and getting revenge.”
After all, the key to the Taiwan match is the batting lineup. South Korea struggled greatly against the Taiwanese mound, including left-hander Lin Yu-min, a promising minor league player. They lost 0-4 after failing to score.
Won Tae-in said, “I felt that the Taiwanese pitcher was good,” but added, “If we score the first run, we will be able to lead the game comfortably because our pitcher is good.” On that day, he also gave a first-run score to give the atmosphere. He encouraged his colleagues, saying, “If we only get the first score, we will be able to win.”
Kang agreed. He said, “I think the first-half score will be the most important thing. Then our pitchers will be able to block it enough. “From the first at-bat, I will focus on the first and second innings,” he said.
Kang Baek-ho had three hits, including his first home run for the national team, signaling a revival. Coach Ryu Joong-il also expressed his expectations, saying, “More than anything else, it is encouraging that Kang Baek-ho survived.”
The atmosphere is good. Kang Baek-ho said, “The players are relying on each other a lot to ‘cheer up’ each other with young spirit. Everyone is doing their best to the extent that they gathered for a game tomorrow. “I will play without regrets.”
Director Ryu Joong-il also said, “It was hard to come. “I won’t get hit twice,” he said.
The Asian Games baseball final, which has a lot at stake, will be held at 7 p.m. Korean time on the 7th.